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Entertainment & Nightlife in Morocco


Although Morocco is an Islamic country, there is a laid-back attitude towards alcohol, which is widely available, with bars in most tourist areas staying open late. Locally produced wines, beers and mineral waters are both excellent and good value, but imported drinks tend to be expensive.

Morocco offers a variety of entertainment from casinos, bars, discos, restaurants and nightclubs, often with belly dancing. There are modern nightclubs in all the cities and resorts around the country. There are casinos in Marrakech, Mohammedia, Tangier and Agadir. Traditional Moroccan entertainment, such as folk dancing, can be seen in every town.


Unfortunately Casablanca's nightclub offerings are somewhat meager. Most of the 'clubs' turn out to be cabaret joints and single woman are quickly targeted by men on the prowl. For a quiet drink at a bar, your best bet is probably your hotel's bar. There are a few semi-decent disco's in Casablanca and they'll get going around 11pm until 3 am.


By Moroccan standards, Marrakech has something of a reputation for its nightlife, which covers modern discos to belly-dancing. The medina provides traditional evening entertainment in the form of cafés, food stalls and street entertainment, with everything revolving around Jemaa-el-Fna. Several of the hotels have rooftop cafés overlooking the square, while a number of riads (historic merchants' houses) have been converted into upmarket restaurants offering a full Moroccan experience, including a vast feast, music and dancing. Note, however, that it is not a common custom to drink alcohol outside. In bars that sell alcoholic beverages, drinkers consume beer inside and glasses of coffee on the terrace.

For modern evening entertainment, head for Guéliz. 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 pavement cafés. It is in this part of the city that the nightclubs and discos are also located. Many of the hotels have discos that attract both tourists and Moroccans. Although the hotel bars can be very insular they are often preferable to those outside, which tend to be a male preserve and occasionally intimidating. Clubs and bars stay open until late and the dress code is casual. For nightclubs, expect to pay a hefty (by Moroccan standards) admission fee.

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