There is so much live Rock & Roll happening in Old Nice, especially on weekends, that from Place Rossetti you are less than a minute away from at least 10 different bars crankin’ the rock & roll up to 11.
First stop: rue Mascoinat (tram stop Cathédrale). On this street alone you have the infamous Blue Whales, the Oxford Pub, and Amsterdam-style De Klomp. Just up from the Blue Whales on rue rue de la Loge you’ll find Jonathan’s Pub with live music downstairs in the arched cellar. (All links are Facebook links as that’s usually where you can find the most up-to-date info on upcoming gigs)
Now walk back down rue Mascoinat past the Cathédrale and keep going. Take the first right on rue de l’Abbaye for Bulldog Pub Pompei, or continue 10 more steps and take a right on rue de la Prefecture for King’s Pub, the most metal, and just know that the owner used to play with Deep Purple. Continue down the street to Le Master Home Irish pub, and the iconic and ever-popular Wayne’s Bar, and from there, just cross the Palais du Justice to the bottom of Cours Saleya, where you just follow your ears to find AkaThor to the left, and Ma Nolan’s Irish Pub to the right.
And that’s just in the Old Town! The real rock-central is at Le Volume on rue Defly, and here you can get the bead on all the other little rock and music venues tucked all over town that range from little hole-in-the-wall bars to occasional guest spots at the Hard Rock Café. Pick up the monthly La Strada for comprehensive entertainment listings for most of the little bars.
Nice’s own Rock festival
1MDB Max de Bruit Rock Fest is a super-fun fest at the open-air Theatre de Verdure, that is 100% tribute bands with the proceeds going 100% to charity. The first day is mostly metal (AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden…), and day-two is more towards classic rock legends like Coldplay, Muse, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Doors, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin.
…And the verdict? Nice Rocks.
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Photo stills from the film This is Spinal Tap, available from Amazon