Monaco nightlife: exclusive and sometimes elusive- you need the local knowledge to make the most of this glittering principality. While the opulent villas, cliff-top castle and giant superyachts set a tone of ultimate luxury, it is possible to spend a night out in Monaco that suits a wide range of budgets and tastes, from the ultra-refined to the relaxed Irish pub.
If you have money to burn, there are plenty of glamorous options for a night out in Monte Carlo. The Sea Lounge, with its white couches looking out over the Mediterranean, is the perfect place to start the evening under the stars while drinking champagne and listening to the chilled beats of the resident DJ. Or perhaps enjoy a shisha and a premium gin cocktail on the terrace at the ice-cool Blue Gin, or head inside for billiards and to listen to the DJ in this very chic venue.
Meanwhile, you cannot pass up the opportunity to dress up and visit the Monte Carlo Casino. Have a flutter on the blackjack tables in this staggeringly beautiful casino that is a movie star in its own right and draws the jetset from all over the world. Drink a cocktail in the infamous Café de Paris and watch the procession of Lamborghinis and Ferraris pull up and disgorge the glitterati. For something less exclusive but also extraordinary, visit the Buddha Bar and marvel at the incredible oriental décor and giant Buddhas in this lavishly converted old theatre.