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Le Bateleur: magic on the Cours Saleya

For some it may be a day of superstition, but for new establishment Le Bateleur on the Cours Saleya in Nice, this coming Friday 13th October has exactly the sense of the occult and alchemy that this beer specialist is looking to create…

Le Bateleur translates at the Magician card in the old Marseillais tarot deck. The building used to be known by the same name, so owners Thady and Mela Nolan – known for their string of Ma Nolan’s pubs across the French Riviera – decided to delve back into the history of the place and bring their unique and magical concept into 2017.

The dark and quirky design is certainly an exciting departure from typical Niçois bars; spell-binding wallpaper creeps around a spiral staircase, hidden objets de curiosité await your discovery on every floor, and luxe furnishings in faux crocodile leather and dark metallics  provide a comfortable and intriguing setting.

“It will essentially be a beer bar with 18 draught beers and 24 bottled beers from breweries around the world, some craft,” says Mela Nolan. “We have an excellent list of alcohols on the shelves with brands not often seen in this region and we have beer tasting boards and a growler station so you can even take away a 2litre jug of your favourite beer. Our bar snacks include homemade pretzels and handmade pies with different fillings to pair with our beers, charcuterie and cheese plates to complement our wine selection.”

Le Bateleur opens this coming Friday at 7pm (12-14 Cours Saleya, Nice).