The Best Nightclubs and Nightlife in Monaco

Visit world-class clubs and bars to discover the swish nightlife on offer in Monaco
Visit world-class clubs and bars to discover the swish nightlife on offer in Monaco | © Vladimir Drozdin / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Holly Howard
9 March 2022
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As one of Europe’s main playgrounds for the rich and famous, it’s no surprise that Monaco offers up a dazzling selection of nightclubs and nightlife. With Mediterranean views and interiors that are the very definition of opulent, Monaco’s clubs and sophisticated bars are plentiful.

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Le Bar Américain, for vintage charm

Bar, European, $$$
Chairs around tables with small lamps at the dimly lit and opulent bar at Hôtel de Paris, Bar Américain
Courtesy of Hôtel de Paris - Bar Américain
Le Bar Américain, in Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, is a Monaco institution. There is always live jazz or swing floating around the tables, and new cocktails to sample from a menu that constantly reinvents itself. Away from the principality’s main nightlife pockets, this is the bar to go to if you’re seeking an intimate evening or for a special occasion soirée. A beautiful terrace supplies view of the Mediterranean Sea, or enjoy your evening menu (served until 1am) at the interior bar.

Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, for a legendary night out

Nightclub, European, $$$
People dancing on a crowded dance floor underneath a disco ball at Jimmy'z
Courtesy of Jimmy'z

Jimmy’z is arguably the iconic club of Monaco. It’s been delighting party-goers since 1971, and today it’s more popular than ever. The outside space is what makes this venue so enchanting; circular canopies of glass are suspended over open air seating and the floating Summer Bar sits outside on its own lagoon. As the sun goes down, the sound system cranks up and the whole club is bathed in a reddish-pink glow.

Twiga Monte Carlo, for cocktails

Nightclub, European, $$$
Stylish seating in Twiga Monte Carlo, with lots of lights on the ceiling and on pillars around the club
Courtesy of Twiga Monte Carlo

Twiga boasts uninterrupted views over the Mediterranean, thanks to its privileged position inside the Grimaldi Forum on the Champions Promenade. By day, it’s a popular restaurant, serving seafood dishes such as Alaskan black cod and spicy tuna ceviche. Come nightfall, it transforms into one of the city’s hottest destinations. Order the Aqua di Latte, a tequila-based cocktail which is livened up with zesty pineapple and passion fruit.

La Rascasse, for DJ sets and shisha

Bar, Nightclub, European, $$$
The exterior of La Rascasse, lit up at night with colourful lights, underneath city buildings on the hill dotted with streetlights
Courtesy of La Rascasse
Formula One fans might recognise La Rascasse as the name of the most famous bend of the Monaco Grand Prix track. It’s also the name of one of Monaco’s most popular watering holes. Sip a sundowner on the terrace while listening to live acoustic music or order a shisha pipe with a group of mates. By midnight, the vibe ramps up with DJ sets lasting until the early hours. Expect a more laid-back atmosphere than other bars in Monaco.

Blue Gin, for Mediterranean views

Bar, European, $$$
Two couches with cushions and wine glasses looking out to the Mediterranean at sunset, flanked by two mannequins, at Blue Gin in Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel
Courtesy of Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel / Expedia.com
For a sunset aperitif, there’s no better spot than Blue Gin, located inside the famous Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel. Take a seat on the terrace – which boasts unobstructed views of the Mediterranean – and toast your friends with a glass of bubbly. There’s also a sushi menu to soak up all the booze, plus a billiards table if you fancy challenging your friends to a game. This well-loved cocktail bar is open until 2am every night, with DJ sets from Wednesday to Saturday.

Brasserie de Monaco, for beer lovers

Restaurant, Bar, French, European, $$$
Brasserie de Monaco, which is located right on the quay at Port Hercule, has been brewing organic beer on site since 2008. Order a pint of their blond beer and soak up the sunshine on their outdoor terrace, or catch the game inside on the giant TV screens. Come for lunch or dinner – they serve hearty classics here, like steak with fries and pizza – and stay on for beers until well after midnight (doors close at 2am). The pub-style feel makes for a casual night out in an otherwise glitzy town.
These recommendations were updated on March 9, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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