The Middle East’s surprising nightlife hot spot

Morocco, a majority-Muslim nation, isn’t usually associated with nightlife and partying. Indeed, because many Muslims do not consume alcohol, it can be difficult to find non-hotel bars even in its major cities.

But head to its largest, Casablanca, and your assumptions will be smashed.

Here, imbibers mix easily with teetotalers. It’s not unusual, say, to see women in headscarves sitting in laid-back lounge bars with bare-headed friends — the latter swig cold bottles of beer. And there’s far more there than quiet drinking spots. The city also hosts wild nightclub parties, where throngs of well-heeled youth flock to popular weekend spots to drink and dance the night away to blasting music.

The velvety lit Sky Bar Villa Blanca

To get you started, here are some of the best spots to imbibe.

Start the evening at Sky Bar, a see-and-be-seen outdoor boîte that faces the…

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