Monaco can honestly claim to have everything. A stunning climate, gorgeous beaches, mountains close by, glamorous shops and some truly stunning and luxurious hotels. Furthermore, it also has a vibrant night life and is home to some of the coolest bars on the Cote d’Azur. CityOut Monaco picks ten of the best for you to enjoy as the Monaco Yacht Show approaches
A Monegasque institiution. Buddha Bar is situated just off Casino
Square and above the famous Grand-Prix hair pin. It’s incredible location is matched by it’s stunning interior and unbeatable ambience. Inside you will find a mix of glamorous locals and cultured tourists all enjoying wonderful cocktails and cuisine from the delicious Asian menu. A DJ often plays records to the early hours but expect the coolest of cool vibes in the wonderfully atmospheric Buddha Bar. You will not be disappointed…
Stars ‘N’ Bars
Few bars are as synonymous with Monaco than Stars
N’Bars. It’s incredible location by the Port of Monaco adds to it’s unique atmosphere like no other. The bar itself is like a museum of sporting heritage; Grand Prix cars, F1 helmets and endless signed photos of sporting superstars are just a few items of the remarkable decor that guests can enjoy. However, Stars N’Bars has so much more to offer as well; great beers, amazing American themed food and regular bands and DJ’s that get the party started and finished in supreme style. Keep an eye out for happy-hour and be sure not to miss out in this iconic part of Monegasque culture.
Gerhard’s Cafe has that unique ability to make every single guest feel welcome. Locals, yachties and anyone else lucky enough to have found it will conform it’s brilliance. Although it’s location in Fontvielle means you have to travel off the normal tourist trail, every step you take towards it is thoroughly worth it. The cocktails alone are worth the trek! Expect the staff to be able to converse in most common languages and unusually for Monaco, Gerhards even has (albeit limited) car-parking spaces right outside! Furthermore, the Oktober-Fest is a not-to-be-missed annual highlight; owner Gerhard Killian imports the Bavarian style beer festival especially into Monaco from Germany! Bitte!
La Rascasse is renowned in Monaco, along the Riviera and indeed throughout the world itself for late nights, loud music and of course the Grand Prix corner upon which it is situated. If you want to dance until 5am, listen to eclectic mixes of live music, pop and electronic music, revel under the bright lights and leave covered in multicoloured confetti, then this is the place to be. For the full La Rascasse experience it is advised to arrive late, as the real clubbing doesn’t kick off until around midnight. This is when the dinner service ends and the speakers are raised to full volume. For a quieter drink you can enjoy an aperitif on their airy terrace from 4pm, when drink prices are also lower.
Another institution within Monaco; the Brasserie de Monaco was founded in 1905 and it’s original purpose was to create a range of Monaco-brewed beers using organic, local malts, for a distinctive and original taste. After closing for a 30 year hiatus, the brewery reopened it’s doors in 2008, and has since become a drinking hub for locals and tourists alike. They have reignited the original spirit; brewing a truly unique combination of traditional brewery flavors with authentic craft beers that are quite wonderful! Your beer or wine can be washed down with regular live music, DJ sets and finger foods!
The Sass Café has various alter-egos, all of which are thoroughly enjoyable. In the early evening it is normally a high-class, intimate dinner spot where guests can listen to live piano music and eat world-class cusine. By night it becomes an animated nightclub, where a resident DJ plays dance music until the early hours. The Sass Cafe is an incredibly glamorous destination with a stunning, opulent interior. Also, expect to see amongst the Monaco jet-set, some global superstars; Will Smith, Beyonce and Jay Z have all dined here before. Guests are therefore politely asked to dress to impress before arriving here.
What is not to love about Nikki Beach? The stunning bar is located on the rooftop of the Fairmont Monte Carlo, with breathtaking views of Monte-Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea. It is famous with both locals and tourists who regularly enjoy the sophisticated scene who’s main concern is lounging at the beautiful poolside, sipping the finest Champagne, enjoying exclusive cocktails and the finest gourmet food. If you time it right, you can expect to soak up the sun all day, and party under the stars in the evening where Nikki Beach often host fabulous theme nights and parties.
Situated right on the beach on Avenue Princess Grace, La Note Bleue is famed for its relaxing vibes, stunning bar and restaurant and atmospheric jazz lounge. La Note Bleue‘s trendy terrace stretches right across the water front, providing stunning sea views with its white cotton beds, olive trees and bamboo is an ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. Centrally located, moderately priced, and boasting superb live music and regular concerts from Monaco’s best musicians, La Note Bleue is a summer haven popular amongst both tourists and Monaco residents. Be sure to stop by for an aperitif before sampling a few items from their delicious tapas menu whilst watching the sunset with some delicious jazz vibes.
Monaco’s only Irish Bar is always worth a visit. Wonderfully located on the F1 circuit, just before the famous Monaco Tunnel, McCarthy’s is not long under new management, and the new team have managed to create an authentic, traditional pub-atmosphere combined with a scrumptious menu including Irish Breakfast and Sunday lunch. The food is not only delicious but reasonably priced and you will also find perhaps the best tasting Guiness on the Cote d’Azur. With regular wine-tasting, big screen for sports and and outside terrace area, McCarthy’s really is an unmissable bar if you are visiting Monaco.
If fruity and tasty cocktails, delicious food, dance music and some of the best views of Monaco harbour are what you are looking for, then look no further than Jack Monaco. It’s location is breathtaking and the terrace alone is worth a visit. Regular parties take place after hours and the atmosphere is always positive and upbeat. Happy hour takes place every day from 6-8pm and once you had settled here for a couple of drinks, you may well find yourself still enjoying yourself deep into the early hours…