The Tangerinn, Tangier, Morocco


Physical address: 1 Rue Magellan, Tangier

Phone number: +212 613 321594

Business hours: 8pm-midnight daily

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Between 1924 and 1956, the city of Tangier, Morocco was ruled jointly by France, Spain and the UK, and this International Zone had a very different vibe to the rest of the conservative, religious country. Famed for its bohemian lifestyle and tolerance of culture, religion and sexuality, Tangier was a hotspot for artists and writers, including stars of the Beat Generation, such as William S Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg and Paul Bowles.

Within the Interzone, these literary giants had their favourite watering holes, and the Tanger Inn was one of them. The tiny pub, attached to the Hotel El-Muniria where Burroughs lived and wrote Naked Lunch, was convenient for a drink with friends, although it was his penchant for other drugs and a more salubrious style of living that made the Interzone so appealing. The Tanger Inn has recently been renovated and is now more hipster than Beatnik, but it retains its connection to the past with signed photographs adorning the walls.

Tanger Inn’s business hours are limited to 10pm to 2am (closed on Sundays) so the crowd is generally young, and the music loud. Visitors are advised to enter from Boulevard Mohammed V, as the neighbourhood can be questionable at night (perhaps some things have not changed so much since the Beat Generation left). Smoking (tobacco) is legal, and common, in pubs, so asthmatics, pregnant women, and anyone else who likes to breathe, beware that the building is small and ventilation non-existent. Smoking (cannabis) is illegal, but common and tolerated, so the chances are good that you will be offered some for purchase (possibly from the neighbourhood outside the pub).

Tanger Inn may not be the place to sit down and discuss the relative literary merits of Howl vs On the Road vs Naked Lunch, but if you’re looking for a literary excuse to sample a nightlife that’s not common in all parts of Morocco, this is it!

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