Nice’s Secret and Hidden Bars

Zitto logoThe only way to find Zitto Speakeasy Bar in the Port is to apply on their Instagram.  Once accepted they’ll confide the address, tell you how to spot the hidden door, and give you that night’s password.  Open Thursday – Saturdays for more than a year now, remarkably the hidden location is still a well-kept secret. Continue the game by letting the bowtied bartender conjure up a mystery cocktail based on your preferences…

Hidden pathway to secret church bar...The magnificent Eglise du Gesu has a secret… in the far right corner is a non-descript doorway, which if open, leads to the church’s own open-air bar, Le Bethel, tucked away in a hidden interior patio. Open from 2pm-1am summer-only (and occasionally at other times), it has a wonderous ambiance especially at night.  The bar was at the initiative of Father Frederic, who would like people to stay, have a coffee or glass of wine, and talk, not just see the church and rush right out.  There is no price list, you pay what you want and it’s donated to the church.  1 Rue du Jésus, on rue Droite just off Cours Saleya

Doorway to hidden barRight across the street from Cave Bianchi, the oldest wine shop in Nice, is an unassuming half-size wrought-iron gate… it used to be where the growers dumped their loads of grapes straight into the communal wine press in the basement. At the turn-of-the-century the press came out and it was transformed into an underground bar.  This magnificent relic of another era and is rarely open, so if you get the chance, don’t miss it.  Cave Bianchi is at 7 rue Raoul Bosio, tram stop Opera.  Here are some upcoming events held in this hidden basement bar:

Building covered in leafy vinesIn the heart of Old Nice, but completely hidden from the main street, is a one-of-a-kind grapevine-covered building immortalized by the artist Raoul DufyLa Treille has recently become a popular wine bar, so if you can find it you can sip rosé on their terrace, shaded by the vines.   Their chalkboard features a selection of local-style small plates to share as well.  Opens 6pm, closed Monday.  7 Rue Saint-Augustin, Tramstop Garibaldi or Cathedrale.

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Photo credits: all photos by Best of Nice

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