Sunday, 15 March 2015

Insiders Guide V: Marrakech by night

Marrakech has always had the allure of decadence and oriental mystique. After all, this is where Yves Saint Laurent, the Gettys, Patti Smith, the Rolling Stones and Twiggy came to party already in the 60:s (not to mention Winston Churchill before them). Today Marrakech is the jet-set destination of the Arabic world and people fly in from all over the globe to have a good time here. Private jets land next to Ryan Air flights all around the clock. 

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Fashion designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Miuccia Prada, Mathew Wiliamson and the Hermes family all have homes here. Gwyneth Paltrow sips cocktails on the roof terrace of El Fenn, George Clooney enjoys a romantic dinner at Maison Arabe, Al Pachino takes his coffee at ExtraBlatt, Daniel Craig rides his bike outside town, Angelina Jolie is shopping in the souks, Kylie is relaxing at Royal Mansour, Nicole Kidman is partying with Lenny Kravitz and Madonna does pilates on the roof terrace of La Sultana. The rich and famous flock to the red city for a good time, as do the wannabees, tourists and business people.

Lenny Kravitz and Nicole Kidman are both Marrakech fans. Here seen entering Jad Mahal the backway a couple of weeks ago.

There is always a party going on and some of the worlds most wellknown DJ:s and artists regularly perform at different venues here. The attraction of Marrakech remains and grows stronger every year. As night falls the party and decadence begins once again. Morocco is the most liberal country in the Arabic world and Marrakech is the most liberal city in Morocco. Anything goes. Come follow us into the exotic, dark and seductive night of the Red City. Below we list the current hotspots for a fun night in Marrakech.

Night falls and the party begins once again

Comptoir Darna
"Le Comptoir" is an institution in Marrakech and the favorite place of many celebrities and models. The interior is beautiful and the huge staircase is an art piece, where the beautiful staff and equally beautiful guests glide up and down. The food here is excellent, a fusion of Moroccan and French cuisine. You come here for a late dinner, at 22:30 there is a traditional show with belly dancing and other performances, actually very tasteful. The bar upstairs is crpwded and as night falls the DJ:s pump up the music and the party begins. You can either start your night here and move on or stay until morning,

Comptoir Darna

Lotus Club
It is dark and decadent. The nightly perormance by the Oh-la-la girls is actually tasteful and fun. The bar is always crowded and the music is very commercial (pop). This is the more grown up version of the Comptoir show. The party factor is really high and you find a lot of Moroccans here. To dont be afraid to go to "a show club", its is great fun and very stylish. The Moroccan version of Moulin Rouge you might say. We were suprised with the quality of the food and very attentive and friendly service (the burger must be the juciest and best in town).

Lotus Club and the Oh-la-la Girls

Bo Zin
We LOVE Bo Zin! This great Asian restaurant with its amazing outdoor spaces, excellent bartenders and international DJ:s is perhaps the most cosmopolitan place to go. After dinner the party goes on both inside and outdoors, the champagne flows and the beautiful people flock here. The interiors are beautiful and the music great. Its located 20 minutes outside the medina so you need a taxi or car servoce to get here. The style, ambience and quality of this place is out of this world. We adore to hang out here during those hot summer nights.

Bo Zin

Jad Mahal
This is actually one of our favorites. If you dont want to change location we would recomend Jad Mahal, its a "one-stop-shop" for a night out. There is a good restaurant, beautiful bars, live bands playing upstairs and a busy night club downstairs. It is spacious, spontanious and fun. The guests are ordering bottles of vodkam, dancing on the tables and singing out loud. Ocasionally famous guests take the stage for a small performance. Once we were greeted by live horses and elefants when entering this club, its that kind of place, very Studio 54.

Jad Mahal

Theatro
Theatro is the hottest night club right now. Located by the casino and part of Palace Es Saadi it is a vibrant and international club that atteacts the younger crowd. There is some serious partying going on here and if you want to dance the night away we suggest you go here. Its urban, sweaty, beautiful and happening.

Theatro

Diamond Noir
The Diamond Noir is an institution in Marrakech, this grand old dame of a night club has been around the block and is still going strong. Perhaps its lost the crown to Theatro but it is still a night club to rely on for a fun time. Attracts upscale prostitutes as well and also the gay crowd,

Diamond Noir

VIP Room
This is a very easy going and more laid back club that is easy to get into and attracts fun seeking tourists. If you have been on a "Finland Ferry" you will know the feeling of this place. Not posh, but still great fun if you just want to hang lose.

VIP Room

Practical information: 21 (9pm) is a good time for dinner, be sure to make reservations. After dinner you can continue for drinks and music. The dancing and the clubs start late, around 2am in the morning is a good time to start clubbing. The most posh places are located in the Hivernage area - around Sofitel, Palace Es Ssadi and the Louis Vuitton store. You dress upp in Marrakech. Especially the women look like they are straight  off the catwalksmin Paris wearing expensive houte couture and looking fabolous. 

You don't need to be rich or famous to get into the hotapots we list above, just make sure you make dinner reservations well in advance and dress well. Ask for a drink table (some bottles of champagne, vodka) if the clubs dont let you in and you will be escorted in and treated as royalty, cash is always king here. Check out the web sites and FB pages of the clubs and restaurants mentioned above to find out what extraordinary events that might be going on during your visit.

We are sure you will love the night life of Marrakech. Our best nights have been combining a late dinner with some drinks and music at another place followed by late clubbing, that is 3 different places in one night. The most important thing to bring for a fun night: good friends (and nice shoes).

Spread your wings and fly!

Lets get this party started, have an amazing weekend!
P&P