Part of the Jad Mahal restaurant/club empire in Hivernage, this is one of the few places to go in Marrakech to catch the local cognoscenti supinely reclining in armchairs and sipping gin and tonics or a cool glass of champagne. Like its neighbour and competitor Le Comptoir, Jad Mahal provides a sophisticated environment for a relaxing drink, particularly pre- or post-dinner. Entrance is restricted, and unlike many of its large-scale competitors the bar is not full of ‘working girls’ or elderly tourists clutching guidebooks/maps/camera bags/fanny packs. As the night wears on it begins to fill up with diners wanting an extra drink before they head downstairs to the club. There’s also a rooftop terrace overlooking the city walls to one side and out towards the desert on the other, which makes a wonderfully romantic place to sip a cocktail once the sun goes down. More recently the bar area began to introduce live rock/pop acts at weekends who cover everyone from Fela Kuti to James Brown – probably the best live music you’ll find in town. On other nights the DJs pumps tunes into the ears of people trying to dine, especially at weekends when the place can be a bit of a squash to say the least.