In addition to the hordes of A-listers, sandy white beaches and dazzlingly blue water, Cannes is a killer destination for cocktail connoisseurs.
You don’t have to be Diane Kruger or Karl Lagerfeld to enjoy sipping fresh pineapple libations while lounging in a teak chaise at Z Plage, which seats guests along a pier-like terrace extending into the sea.
Looking for a more casual rendez-vous? Check out Da Laura, where locals settle into the sidwalk tables for champagne-soaked afternoons.
If you have just one drink on your Cannes excursion (which we find highly unlikely), enjoy it while lounging on a white-cushioned teak chaise at Z Plage, where patrons can enjoy fresh pineapple juice, lemon strawberry smoothies or cocktails, along with a la carte Swedish massages and reflexology sessions. 73 Boulevard de la Croisette; cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.fr.
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Le Baoli: Easily the most glamorous nightspot in Cannes, this swanky club—which is decorated with a Balinese theme—attracts an A-list clientele. Our favorite space? The roof deck, which features canopied beds and flickering candles. 50 Boulevard de la Croisette; lebaoli.com.
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Bar Lalu: Serving up hot espresso drinks as well as boozy libations and fresh appertizers, this casually cool bistro bar is a favorite among locals who come for the conversation and Italian dark chocolate. 32 Rue Commandant.
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Dadada: If thumping bass lines and glamorous company are what you seek (and we wouldn't blame you), make way for Dadada, which offers nightly DJ sets and even the occasional art exhibit inside its purple-lit venue. 15 Rue Frères Pradignac; dadadaclub.com.
Da Laura: A Canne favorite, this bustling Italian trattoria and bar offers sidewalk seating—perfect for Uma Thurman and Diane Kruger sightings—and fresh Italian fare in addition to an extensive wine menu and top-shelf appertifs. 8 Rue Du Vingt-Quatre Août.
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The Jane Bar: Nestled inside the swanky Hotel Gray D'Albion, the Jane Bar serves up top-shelf libations and sweeping views of the white "alba" coast. Weather permitting, take the house signature Gray D'Albion cocktail down to the hotel's private beach. 38 Rue des Serbes; lucienbarriere.com.
L'Ardoise: With a back terrace overlooking a small private airport (perfect for spotting A-listers coming in for the festival), this fuss-free bar and eatery has a 1930s vibe, complete with dark wood interiors and a classic Italian wine menu. Just come armed with cash—no credit cards accepted. 5 Rue Rouguières.
Sun 7: This casual cocktail lounge lures bronzed Cannois with nonstop music, elaborate cocktails (try the "Sunburst," a confection of champagne and apricot liquor) and a generally laid-back vibe. 5 Rue Gérard Monod; sun7cannes.com.
Le Mesclun: Have time to kill between film screenings? Settle into an outdoor table at Le Mesclun, where you'll be greeted with the wafting scent of summer truffle mushrooms and a menu that includes the region's finest champagnes and rosés. 16 Rue Saint Antoine; lemesclun-restaurant.com.
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Sea Sens: Situated on the fifth floor of the Five Hotel, this chic drinking spot offers elaborate cocktails and killer desserts (including a pear-shaped chocolate tower filled with praline). Best of all? The roof offers sweeping views of the Azure coastline.
1 Rue Notre-Dame; five-seas-hotel-cannes.com.