20 January 2016
Monaco GP Experience: the Nightlife
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most iconic race in the F1 Calendar. The narrow & challenging street circuit and its famous sections like Casino Square, Rascasse and the tunnel, along with the unique backdrop of the harbour packed with the biggest superyachts in the world make it the one all the drivers want to win. The world’s wealthiest people, celebrities, business leaders and F1 fans alike all descend upon Monaco in May to experience a weekend like no other.
What makes a Monaco GP experience weekend special is not just about what goes on on the track; off the track is what sets Monaco apart as the must go to Grand Prix – you don’t have to like Formula 1 to enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix!
Where to start? The Monaco nightlife of course!
There are literally hundreds of great things to do to make your weekend one you’ll remember forever. Here are just a few ideas; if you are lucky enough to get an invite onboard one of the luxury superyachts that line the circuit, it is an experience not to be missed. Explore the decks of these magnificent luxurious yachts, take in the views and atmosphere of the harbour at night with a glass of champagne in hand. Enjoy a bit of dancing to the live music on board and it is an unbeatable way to spend the evening. You may want to push the party on – and there’s no shortage of options in Monaco! The most famous off track party is in the Amber Lounge; complimentary drinks flow every night, famous DJs and artists perform and anyone who’s anyone will be there. Sunday night the teams and drivers join the party. The cost of entry is not cheap and you must pre-book your places. If you want something a little more relaxed but also exclusive then the Billionaires Club is also worth a visit.
If you want an outrageous no holds barred night from 6pm until dawn then make your way to the track in the harbour where there are street parties on the circuit and in bars and clubs immediately next to the track. The most famous is Rascasse where live bands & DJs play throughout the night and the crowd is young and energetic; as backdrops for a party go there can’t be many better in the world. Stars n Bars is a well-known sports bar which offers a rest bite before you rejoin the mayhem! Drinks prices are surprisingly reasonable for Monaco with a pint of lager being around five euros.
If you are looking for a more sedate and classy night out then there are numerous cool bars and hidden gems; Why not start your night at the Monte Carlo Beach Club where you can enjoy sundowners on the private beach. After make your way to The Buddha Bar at the back of Casino Square – tables outside offer a great view and inside is a very cool bar. Then the famous hotel bars are always worth a visit to see and be seen; The American Bar in Hotel De Paris is a famous haunt and the main bar in the Fairmont Hotel is always busy and a nice spot to meet; you could also try a few drinks on the terrace in the Hermitage Hotel which offers brilliant views over Monaco Harbour. Finish you evening with a visit to one of the most famous casinos in the world – The Casino in Casino Square. Drinks are at a premium and expect to pay between 10 – 25 euros for standard drinks. Monaco also has a few British style pubs if this is more your scene – you’ll find a few ex-pats hiding in these!
If you want to eat well in the evening – you are not short of choice. If you can get a table Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV is one of the best eateries in the world and holds 3 Michelin stars. However you don’t have to queue or pre-book months in advance to get great food and a fantastic evening out – The famous Café de Paris is worth a visit – even if it’s just for pre-dinner drinks looking onto Casino Square to view the numerous supercars on display. Sass Café is a Monaco institution and popular with locals; for an unbeatable view over the harbour, you could try the terrace restaurant in the Port Palace Hotel – great for seafood and you can choose your lobster if you wish. If you want something more sedate, relaxed and a reasonable price then head to Fontvieille Harbour where numerous great local restaurants hug the harbour side. Further afield a visit to the Beaulieu-sur-Mer marina has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and has a number of indoor and outdoor restaurants to choose from lining the marina. Or for one of the finest views whilst dining, the rooftop restaurant at Le Meridien Hotel in Nice is tough to beat – and the food is amazing as well!
Whatever you choose to do in Monaco during the Grand Prix weekend you will have an unbelievable time!
If you would like us to organise your Monaco Grand Prix experience take a look at our weekend packages. Strapped for time? Our Monaco day trip lets you experience the event in 24 hours.