Marrakech has something of a reputation for its nightlife, which covers groovy Ibiza-style discos to Folklore. Music is at the heart of cultural life in Marrakech, as it is throughout Morocco. Marrakech is almost certainly the best place to enjoy the fusion of Moroccan music, as the city has been the host to Andalucian, Arab, Berber and African influences for up to 10 centuries.
The medina provides traditional evening entertainment in the form of cafés, food stalls and street entertainment, with everything revolving around Jemaa el Fna, where many of the best performers are often to be found. For happening bars and clubs, head for Guéliz and Hivernage. Clustered along Avenue Mohammed V, particularly around place Abdel Moumen ben Ali, are most of the city’s bars, as well as a wide variety of restaurants, bistros and sidewalk cafés. The city’s best nightclubs are located in Hivernage hotels or in venues just outside town.
Although Morocco is an Islamic country, there is a laid-back attitude towards alcohol, with bars in most tourist areas staying open late. In the medina, law and etiquette dictate that alcohol should not be consumed openly within view of a mosque, so drink discreetly indoors or on roof terraces.
When night falls in Marrakech, a new life begins. You’ve got all the exotically medieval ambience of Jemaa El Fna, of course – or perhaps you’d prefer an elegant evening at the casino? Or a fantasia show? A pub? Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice!