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  • Rick's Cafe and beyond: On anniversary of 'Casablanca,' 5 venues worth a visit


    Published 11/26/2012 11:05:12
    Rick's Cafe and beyond: On anniversary of 'Casablanca,' 5 venues worth a visit
    A Rick's Cafe's server looks at the poster announcing the 70th anniversary tribute to the 1942 movie "Casablanca" , in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. A former U.S. diplomat spent two years of work and a million dollars in investments to bring Rick's Cafe to Morocco's largest city. The elegant nightclub where Humphrey Bogart pined for Ingrid Bergman was just a set on a Warner Bros. sound stage in California, the film crew never got anywhere near North Africa. (AP Photo/Abdejalil Bounhar)

    CASABLANCA, Morocco - Rick's Cafe may have been an invention of Hollywood's iconic film "Casablanca," which premiered 70 years ago, but Morocco's largest city still has a great nightlife. Here are a few places worth checking out.

    RICK'S CAFE: . 248, Blvd. Sour Jdid, Ancienne medina. Founded by an American expat, this bar and restaurant lovingly recreates the movie's famous setting with live music and an extensive Moroccan and continental menu.

    LA CIGALE: 10 Blvd. Brahim Roudani. Not only do Casablanca's intellectuals like drinking here, but young activists as well in the arched backroom that features an eclectic decor, an active jukebox and a friendly crowd.

    LE CABESTAN: . 90 Blvd. de la Corniche. Spend a night out with Casablanca's rich and beautiful in this combination bar, lounge and restaurant set right on the crashing waves of the Atlantic. The crowd looks expensive and the menu is.

    UNITED SEAMEN'S SERVICE: 118 Blvd Moulay Abderrahmane. Originally built for U.S. sailors in 1962, this little gem hidden down by the port and train station features a beer garden, pool tables and comfort food like burgers, pizzas and even pork chops.

    B ROCK: . 55 Blvd. de La Corniche. With a different act every night, from rock to reggae to stand-up comedy, this club is where Casablanca's alternative crowd hangs out, talks politics and dances, with affordable drinks and less of the high-class attitude found elsewhere.

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