Marrakech is dramatically situated against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in Morocco. An energetic city packed with souks and open-air food stalls, despite being an Islamic country, there is a relatively laid back attitude towards alcohol.
There are bars serving alcohol in most tourist areas, with most of the city’s bars bunched around Avenue Mohammed V, which is located outside the Medina walls and close to the Menara Gardens.
The big hotels all have bars and some have rooftop cafes with celebrated views of the bustling city. There are a few night clubs in Marrakech and are found, in the most part, on the outskirts of town. However be ready to arrive with lots of Dirham in your wallet because the entrance fees can be somewhat outrageous.
After a long day of exploring the souks and the sun beginning to set on Jemaah El’Fna, where can you find a super cool bar and enjoy a few cocktails? Here are three of my favourite ‘must see’ bars in Marrakech:
Route de l’ Ourika km 3,5, Marrakesh 40000
This designer bar is a favourite amongst the cashed up and stylish. One of the best bars in Marrakech to unwind after a long day and watch the sun set, the space is dotted with white sofas, cushions, candles and splashes of greenery – my favourite aesthetic. As with traditional riads, there is a tranquil garden where tables encircle a clear pool of water. The food on the menu is a modern fusion of Moroccan flavours with Asian spices and a DJ plays later in the evening to get the mood exactly right.
Le Bat Morocain, Marrakech
Avenue Bab Jdid, Marrakesh, 40000
This stylish bar has been the destination of choice to the international jet set and with its charming gardens, treasured design and superlative cocktail menu, it’s easy to see why, and quickly. Located on the top floor, the bar boasts stunning views of the garden and the Atlas Mountains.
L’Italien, La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech
La Mamounia, Rue Bab Doukkala, Marrakesh
Entitled the Best Urban Hotel in the world in 2013 by Condé Nast traveler, La Mamounia is one of the most glamorous and iconic hotels in Morocco. Merging art deco designs with Moroccan extravagance, it’s a visually ornate space. A jet set favourite for decades, even Churchill was a fan and was said to have called it “the loveliest spot in the whole world.” L’Italien is a Michelin-starred affair, beautifully located overlooking the orangery, with a dramatic jewel-toned interior. Definitely one not to miss!
Words by Jaharn Giles | Mr Weekender