on October 9, 2012
Our Riad hosts recommended Cafe Bar Taros for its great views over the city, and while it was an obvious choice we weren't disappointed by our visits to the place. The bar is at the end of the Medina area between the sea and the beach area. The main attraction is the rooftop bar up three flights of stairs, where you enter into a very large Greek looking roof top bar (think bright blue and white). There are plenty of staff around and service was very good on the two occasions we visited. There is quite a choice of seating from tables in direct sunlight to recliners in shade, so take your time looking for that perfect spot.The riad owners where we were staying recommended we didn't eat here and to be fair the food looked pretty nondescript so we were pleased to have that advice. However, the views are fabulous and the furnishings in the bar also nice quality and modern, so a couple of drinks are certainly a good idea. There was a pretty mixed crowd at the Cafe Bar Taros at the times we visited and mid week at least, it didn't seem to have too much of a late night vibe. Given we were in a Muslim country, I didn't feel particularly comfortable wobbling around the streets of the Medina in any case, so a quiet couple of beers was fine for me. My beloved had a glass of local wine and said it was good quality. We have drunk Moroccan Red before (think gutsy Spanish), but we were also surprised at how reasonable the white was too.Prices weren't too daft as long as you chose your brew fairly carefully (the local lager brew Flag was 35 Dirham or £2.50 ($3.50) a bottle), and a glass of wine was just a little more. There is also a range of cocktails if you want a splurge and these were fairly pricy (perhaps £7) but not too silly if you aren't drinking them all evening. The only downside came with the choice of music at Cafe Bar Taros. There is some fantastic haunting or lively Moroccan music, so I felt it something of a crime for the bar to play a jazz version of Radiohead's Creep, followed by a Jazz version of an Oasis track before going on to murder U2. Later a young singer came on doing live cover versions. He seemed a nice lad, but boy he couldn’t really sing and it was all very bland. There must be little more soul destroying than being in a bar singing other people's music for your supper while people ignore you. I was kind and gave him a clap or two, but honestly preferred the interlude in the music while the local Mosque called people to prayer. The Imam, bless him sounded about 108 and wheezed his way through the call. At one point he audibly dropped some papers and his microphone crackled and thumped as he bent over to pick them up muttering to himself. It did make me wonder how many years his voice has reverberated over this city. Much longer than our young singer will, I suspect. To sum up, Cafe Taros was a great place to stop for a drink or two although there are probably better places to dine. Relax, enjoy the views and wear ear plugs.
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