Nightlife and Entertainment in Tangier

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Beloved of William Burroughs, Richard Hughes and Tennessee Williams, Tangier nightlife has always been vibrant and happening. Today, things may not be as decadent and debauched as they were, but you can have yourself a pretty good night out at the cafes or hotel bars, even if the pubs can sometimes be a little depressing.

Tangier Inn

While this isn't the biggest bar in Tangier, it is probably the coolest. It used to be frequented by the Beat writers William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, so the atmosphere and heritage is, as you'd expect, first-class. Whether you are a Beatnik yourself or not, this is recommended by locals and travelers alike as a great place to sit and have a drink, especially if the bustle of the city is getting you down. It's located on the Rue Magellan.

Caid's Bar

Considerably less cool and more establishment-oriented, Caid's Bar is nonetheless a standout Tangier nightlife venue boasting a great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages plus finger food. You'll be intrigued by the huge number of photos on its walls of the famous people who have come for a drink here.

Cafe de Paris

As the name might suggest, the focus here is on coffee (and mint tea) rather than alcohol, but that doesn't make it any less attractive to those looking for a good night out. The patrons are a good mix of Moroccans and expats who meet up and set the world to rights most nights. It's located on Boulevard Pasteur.

Cafe Hafa

Full marks to this place for the view: it overlooks the strait and encourages you to sit around enjoying the view on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, it's also open at night for something stronger and a game of backgammon or two. Interestingly enough, the Rolling Stones and Paul Bowles came here back in the day.

Dean's Bar

A favorite of famous Western visitors of the past, Dean's Bar was founded in 1937 and has a colonial feel to it, thanks to the black and white photos on the wall and the huge old-fashioned fans. These days, Dean's Bar is firmly a locals' kind of haunt, and you may find that heads turn when you arrive there.

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