Restaurants with atmosphere
A great evening usually begins with a good meal! And in the bay of St Tropez our restaurants are legion - between them the 12 towns and seaside resorts have more than 500 outlets offering a choice of Provencal or Mediterranean cuisine, typical French cuisine and even a range of foreign specialities. Just scan your smart phone over the flashcode which will guide you to the best addresses on the last page.
Whatever your preference there is something for all tastes: hushed or lively, an established restaurant or trendy eatery with dancing on the tables, by the sea or up in the hills, on the harbour or a picturesque square. You can even have a meal delivered directly to your door or your lovely yacht in the bay, complete with chef, waiters and orchestra – yes anything is possible! It’s about getting into the mood before continuing your evening in style.
Casinos on route for the Jackpot
But which route will you take? The two casinos in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez are at the east and west end of the territory, and of course are open all year round. As well as the many gaming formulas they come up with original ideas for special occasions, where you can dine and watch exotic shows, alone or with friends.
In Cavalaire, the Casino du Golfe has over a hundred slot machines and a hall dedicated to English roulette, blackjack, stud poker, Texas hold’em poker and Omaha poker. There are plenty of places in the restaurant and other rooms if you need some down time, and the cabaret puts on unusual themed shows. Ideally located on the harbour, the Casino has plenty of surprises and excitement in store, if you like the sound of hard cash hitting the trays !
The Casino Barrière de Sainte-Maxime, between the shops and beach, has over 125 slot machines (video slots, mechanical slots, jackpot slots, video poker and electronic roulette), two English roulette tables, two blackjack tables and one boule. Add in the bar and Café Barrière restaurant for an unforgettable evening in the bright lights.
Reminder: everywhere in France minors, even accompanied minors, are not allowed into casinos or gaming areas. Passport or identity card is obligatory
Music bars, cabarets and night clubs
Renowned for its nightlife, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez opens the doors of its music bars, cabarets and night clubs at weekends all year round and every day in summer. Before or After? Until dawn? Make sure you remember it…
Piano bar, cocktail bar or lounge bar – there is a variety of venues where you can meet people for an aperitif before dinner or share a tapas listening to live music, or select a tasty dish off the à la carte menu. If you seek a relaxed ambiance (sometimes a little extravagant), upbeat mood, unexpected parties or cabaret shows, the range on offer is colourful, varied and often a surprise. And if as Sacha Guitry claimed, “It is easier to seduce the evening before than the day after”, then welcome to the world of glitz and glamour: in the heat of the night under the lights of the peninsula anything is possible.
Screens to change your universe
Become a pirate, detective, star or even lovers for an evening… the Saint-Tropez peninsula is itself a film set. Dozens of films have been shot here; feature films, TV films, series and commercials. Several classics remain etched on the memory, such as Et Dieu créa la femme, La Piscine or Les Gendarmes. The Var Film Commission which has its head office in our area helps production crews who want to film in the Var. Our cinemas are well-equipped and offer the range (air conditioning in Cavalaire, art-house in Ramatuelle, Dolby digital sound in Saint-Tropez, 3D in Cogolin, a multiplex in Sainte-Maxime to name a few).
Crazy about bowling !
There is nothing like bowling for a different and fun evening with friends. A great striker or champion in the making? If you are a bowling fan then head for Grimaud, near the waterfront estate of Port Grimaud where Bowling du Golfe de Saint-Tropez will give you a chance to rack up some good scores, as you hurl the ball that weighs 2.7 to over 7kg! Open 7/7 the arena has eight computerized lanes for competition plus a bar, American billiards, games room and air conditioning.
Another idea for an outing associated with accuracy and sportsmanship is the Club de la Baie for billiards in Cavalaire: three balls, two red and one white. For the enthusiasts, look out for six magnificent French billiard tables (carambole) in the village centre.
Roller coaster or ghost train
Azur Park is the one and only amusement park in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and you cannot miss it - La Foux roundabout at Gassin. From the Ferris wheel to the dodgems, a ghost train to mini-karting, candyfloss to toffee apples, there is everything here to entertain you: 25 big attractions, 15 children’s rides, 25 shooting galleries, Ejection Seat, triple somersault in space and a roller coaster (the biggest in Europe!). Imagine not stopping – breathtakingly fast speeds and excitement guaranteed !
If you want dancing
Bahia Club Cavalaire
In the new harbour, the latest rendezvous for night owls is open all year round - Chic and cosy, it’s for the over 25s; eclectic music and ambiance
Hype Club Cogolin
A disco for young people in the Gulf open all year round - Two rooms, two moods, with trendy artists and DJ
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed in this disco in the Prairies de la Mer complex - Happy Hours, mousse and foam parties - Open in season
Le Saint-Hilaire Sainte-Maxime
One of the Gulf’s oldest nightclubs, by the sea, a popular meeting place for local young people and surrounding areas - Open in season
Les Caves du Roy Saint-Tropez
The temple of Saint-Tropez nights, this private club is the most famous in the village - For queens of the night and party princes - Open April to early October
L'Esquinade Club Saint-Tropez
Dance, House and R&B in this small cellar in the La Ponche district - One of those night clubs that is open all year round from midnight to dawn
Le Papagayo Saint-Tropez
A veritable institution for locals and visitors alike that has just celebrated its 50th anniversary! A nightclub whose success cannot be denied - Memorable evenings in store - Open in season
Le Pigeonnier Saint-Tropez
This trendy fashionable little club has been given a facelift - Good music guaranteed for an eclectic clientele - Open all year round until late
VIP Room Saint-Tropez
Jean Roch’s nightclub is frequented by everyone the world hails as a celebrity - Exceptional programme - Open July and August only
Concerts & festivals
In summer the cicadas do not only sing in the pine forests. Venues all over the peninsula (from theatres to outdoor venues, citadels to chapels) host top quality concerts, classical and jazz, musical evenings, world music nights and theatre festivals with internationally renowned artists and stars. They are always very popular.
Classical music evenings, all year round in the Gulf
Jazz Club evenings in Cogolin (all year except July-August and December)
Les Musicales du Jeudi on Thursdays in Cogolin (January to April)
Festivals de Musique Les Anches d'Azur in La Croix-Valmer (June)
Classical music festival in Ramatuelle (July)
Festival in the vineyards in Plan de la Tour (July)
Les Grimaldines in Grimaud (every Tuesday July-August)
Les Nocturnes Croisiennes in La Croix-Valmer (July-August)
Musical evenings in the Domaine du Rayol at Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer (July-August)
Summer evening concerts in Cavalaire (July-August)
Les Rencontres Musicales Chapelle de la Consolation in Gassin (July-August)
Les Nuits du Château de La Moutte in Saint-Tropez (July-August)
Summer at the Théâtre de la Mer in Sainte-Maxime (July-August)
Théâtre de Pardigon festival in Cavalaire (July-August-September)
Festival Théâtre et Variétés and Jazz Festival in Ramatuelle (August)
Jazz Festival in Plan de la Tour (August)
Caval’air Jazz Festival in Cavalaire (September)
Piano Festival in Saint-Tropez (November)
Fabulous like our firework displays
Quite simply magical: firework displays in the bay of St Tropez are fantastic - and numerous! The best pyrotechnical displays in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez are at the end of the year and middle of summer. In December and January the places to be are Cavalaire, Gassin, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez. In summer (14 July and 15 August), all the seaside resorts put on small or big displays set off from barges on the sea, with thousands of multi-coloured rockets in action for the really big displays. It is also not uncommon to see impressive fireworks at the end of opulent private parties or to close prestigious events.
Is it due to the Bay of Saint-Tropez being an ideal backdrop showcasing our heritage? Or the near certainty that the evening will be mild? Or because people love this location? Or the quality of the light, even under the stars? Or that visitors from all over the world are enthralled ?
Maybe it is just the imagination that engages with a legendary destination !
Fireworks in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez are - quite simply magical.