Monaco has become renowned for its sophisticated and glamorous nightlife. From its casinos and nightclubs to beautiful opera houses, it’s no wonder this little principality has become such a magnet for celebrities, the wealthy, and international thrill-seekers over the years. From grandiose gambling institutions that have provided the setting for many a Hollywood blockbuster, to sophisticated clubs and quality restaurants, Monaco is the epitome of the chic European high-life.

    As well as the high life, you’ll also find some high culture here. There’s opera and even a summer theatre that hosts evening performances in a venue as dramatic as any script any playwright could pen. Read on to discover our picks for the best nightlife experiences in Monaco.


    Monte Carlo Casino

    Roll the dice in cinematic surroundings

    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    The opulent Monte Carlo Casino is an iconic gambling and entertainment complex and one of Monaco’s best-known landmarks. With its stunning marble and bronze, it’s no wonder that this building has been a popular setting for many Hollywood movies, including Ocean’s 12 and several James Bond films. The casino offers gamblers an array of games to chance their hand at, including various types of roulette, blackjack, stud poker, craps, and slot machines.

    You’ll need to pay an entry fee and produce photo ID to gain admission here and while there isn’t a specific dress code, jackets are recommended for men. Audio tours are also available if it’s the history of the place you're most interested in. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the occasional celebrity or two.

    Location: Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Daily from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to late

    Phone: +377 98 06 21 21


    La Note Bleue

    Chill to the strains of jazz in this laidback lounge

    • Nightlife

    The La Note Bleue is a bar that offers a more relaxed alternative to the pounding beats of Monaco's nightclubs. Essentially a jazz lounge and restaurant, the bar offers regular concerts and live music performances throughout the week. The chilled atmosphere attracts both locals and tourists to enjoy a cocktail and soak up the sophisticated, but laid-back ambience.

    There’s food available here too, with the tapas coming highly recommended to savour as you sip. There’s also an outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy the views out over the Mediterranean. You’ll find an adjoining private beach out front which is a great place to work up your thirst earlier in the day.

    Location: Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Seasonally from April to October

    Phone: +377 93 50 05 02



    Indulge in a bit of celebrity spotting at this Monaco institution

    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    The legendary club Jimmy’z Monte Carlo has been something of a Monaco institution for over 40 years. If electronic dance music is your thing, this place may be worth putting on your itinerary. Some of the world’s biggest name DJs have played here, including Mark Ronson, Robin Schulz, and FatBoy Slim. As well as the large dance floor, there is also an outdoor bar and seating area where you can catch your breath and enjoy a spot of people watching.

    This recently renovated venue bills itself as ‘the VIP’s favourite club’ and drink prices reflect this. You may spot some famous show business faces here, especially during its parties hosted during the F1 season. Entry here is selective, so be prepared to run the gauntlet of the bouncers at the door who determine who gains admission.

    Location: 26 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Times vary

    Phone: +377 98 06 70 68


    The Living Room

    Dance through the wee hours in sophisticated surroundings

    • Nightlife

    The Living Room is a club that combines some eclectic elements mixing a disco vibe with the decor of an English tea room. It's a sophisticated nightspot aimed squarely at the ‘beautiful people’. There are live DJs playing through the wee hours setting the mood in these sophisticated surroundings. The venue can be quite exclusive and entry isn’t guaranteed, so it’s best to look the part if you want to be in with a fighting chance here.

    Outside, there’s a terrace set amid some beautiful gardens, as well as a piano bar if you’re looking for more of a chilled vibe to your evening. There’s a light menu available here too, should you find the expansive array of cocktails and champagne don’t quite sate the appetite.

    Location: 7 Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco

    Open: Daily from 11pm to dawn

    Phone: +377 93 50 80 31


    La Rascasse

    Indulge in the night’s festivities at this raucous venue

    • Nightlife

    La Rascasse is a popular venue for revellers who like their music loud and their dancing lively. It's something of a legend of Monaco’s party scene. A bar during the day, the venue transforms into a raucous club in the evening and stays open well into the wee hours.

    The bar takes its name from the fact that it’s situated inside the final corner of the Monaco Grand Prix track, known as ‘Rascasse’. On F1 weekends, the bar attracts the fans with its party atmosphere and superb viewing balconies which offer fantastic views over the action below. Switching gears from bar to club later in the evening, the festivities often run right through to dawn the following day.

    Location: 1 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Daily from 4pm to 4.30am

    Phone: +377 98 06 16 16


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    Blue Gin

    Sample the cocktails in this laidback hotel bar

    • Nightlife

    Blue Gin is a lounge bar that offers some fantastic Mediterranean views from its heated seaside terrace, earning it the nickname ‘The Waterfront’. This late-night bar is located in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and is well known locally for its delicious cocktails.

    If the sea air isn’t to your taste on the terrace, step inside for the bar’s dimly lit and cosy interior. With a resident DJ providing laidback vibes, this is a good spot for some late evening snacks and to chill in an intimate atmosphere, especially if you are seeking refuge from the clubs!

    Location: 40 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Monday to Friday from 5.30pm to 1.30am, Saturday and Sunday from 1.30pm to 1.30am

    Phone: +377 98 06 03 60


    Fort Antoine Theatre

    Enjoy your drama in this dramatic setting

    • Nightlife
    • History

    Fort Antoine Theatre, originally built as an 18th-century fortress, now delivers drama of a different sort to audiences of up to 350 people. It’s worth a visit here at any time for a look at the fort’s military architecture. Day or night you’ll enjoy some stunning and very photogenic views of the sea, nearby city, and expansive sky overhead. Even so, it’s on the long summer evenings that this place really comes alive. During July and August, the theatre presents both contemporary and classical plays in what is surely one of the more unique stage settings around.

    Situated near the port, Fort Antoine theatre is also located near both the Old Monaco Museum and Monaco Cathedral, so catching an evening play here could be the perfect ending to a long day of culture.

    Location: Avenue de la Quarantaine, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Times vary

    Phone: +377 98 98 83 03


    L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo

    Sample high notes and high culture in stunning surroundings

    • Nightlife
    • History

    L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo is Monaco’s Opera House whose opera season runs from October through to April. That's when it brings a bit of high culture to a city famous for its high life. The Opera House doesn’t just bring opera to Monaco’s nightlife scene though. It’s also the venue for performances by Les Ballets de Monaco, as well as the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Known locally as the Salle Garnier, after the architect that designed it, the building is a neoclassical marvel well worth a visit in its own right, even if there isn’t a show on at the time. Tickets are available from the Opera House’s box office and, when there’s no performances or rehearsals on, tours can also be arranged.

    Location: Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Showtimes vary

    Phone: +377 98 06 28 00


    Twiga Monte Carlo

    Dine and dance the night away at this diverse venue

    • Nightlife

    Twiga Monte Carlo is a restaurant, lounge, and club. Due to its location on the 2nd floor of the Grimaldi Forum, this venue offers panoramic views over both Monaco and the Mediterranean. The restaurant offers indulgent Italo-Japanese fare and if that’s not enough variety, around 1am the venue begins its transformation into a full-blown nightclub complete with a shisha bar.

    During the annual Monaco Grand Prix, this place really comes into its own, attracting a who’s who of the rich and famous to its beach parties. There’s even a private jetty attached to the venue for those with the means to arrive in style by boat.

    Location: 10 Avenue Princesse Grace Grimaldi Forum - 2nd Floor, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Thursday and Saturday from 7pm to 4am and Friday from 7pm to 5am (closed Sunday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +377 99 99 25 50


    Brasserie de Monaco

    Sip a brew or 2 in this beer oasis

    • Nightlife
    • Food

    The Brasserie de Monaco is the spot to visit while in Monaco if craft beer is your thing. It’s Monaco’s only microbrewery and an oasis for all things hops and barley in a town that favours cocktails and champagne.

    The bar itself is a cosy spot with tables of relaxed drinkers in casual dress. But, before you put on your flat caps and roll up your sleeves for a game of backgammon, this is still Monaco and wealth and opulence is still very apparent. The outdoor terrace overlooks the harbour with its super-sized yachts just to remind you that you aren’t popping into your local for a swift half.

    Location: Route de la Piscine, 98000 Monaco

    Open: Daily from 12pm to 2am

    Phone: +377 97 98 51 20

    Shane Mac Donnchaidh | Contributing Writer

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