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Top 5 afterwork venues in Monaco

Published on January 15, 2019Updated on June 19, 2023

It is 6.00 pm on the Rock. Having shone throughout the day, the sun sets gently to enjoy a well-earned break. And for you, it’s time to enjoy a relaxing break after a working day, with a delicious cocktail during a “lounge & cosy” after-work get-together: maybe an oriental-themed getaway at the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, a nautical break at the Blue Gin or a decidedly refined experience at the Crystal Bar. Not forgetting a Gatsby-style escapade at the Bar Américain and the classic brasserie feel of the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. To each their atmosphere and to each their cocktails.

#1 After-work drinks with a taste of faraway lands at the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo

For an after-work get-together offering a welcome change of scenery, enjoy a taste of the Orient at the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, a unique, historical and exotic venue, and a genuine shrine to relaxation and festivities. Located where the Cabaret de Monte-Carlo once stood, the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo is now home to oak panelling and sculptures, pilasters and mouldings, along with stuccowork and gilding features. In its vast, peaceful garden, a 7-metre high Buddha watches over you in an incredible environment midway between East and West. As for DJ Papa, the establishment’s emblematic resident DJ, in this unusual setting he has found the perfect backdrop for his minimalistic musical style between house and chill-out, with ethnic and electro beats. The perfect atmosphere in which to discover the flavours of faraway lands while enjoying one of the delicious cocktails in the Lounge Bar, like the sparkling red-clad Bubble Wrap...

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#2 After-work drinks on the water’s edge at Blue Gin

To enjoy a cocktail while admiring the sea view, don’t forget the after-work scene at Blue Gin, the bar at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. The Monaco locals have nicknamed it the Principality’s “Waterfront”: comfortably seated on the fully heated covered terrace, you can admire an incredible unimpeded view across the Mediterranean. It’s not bad inside either:  featuring a tasteful design, and a delicately cosy and discreet atmosphere. With its Finger Food menu created by the chef Marcel Ravin and the boldly innovative “signature” cocktails including the mouth-watering Hendricks Tea Time, Blue Gin is definitely a “must-see” bar featuring a festive atmosphere and relaxing environment, so elegantly and successfully combined. The perfect place for a moment among friends or colleagues.

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#3 A cosy & chic after-work experience at the Crystal Bar

At the Crystal Bar, the cosy and chic bar at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, you can enjoy a relaxing experience in an ultra-refined setting, guaranteed to delight connoisseurs. The drinks menu combines outstanding spirits, the head wine waiter’s selection and amazing cocktail creations. Like for example the subtle flavour combinations in its Bolshoi cocktail... Cocktails from faraway lands are constantly reinvented here thanks to the inspiration of our head barman who adds a new, unique and original recipe to his drinks menu each month. When you go for a drink at the Crystal Bar, you can enjoy an unforgettable moment of pleasure in a modern setting with an intimate and distinguished atmosphere all its own. An elegant environment for a timeless after-work experience, in a five-star grand hotel.

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.#4 A retro setting for your after-work drinks at the Bar Américain

A legendary establishment on Monaco’s nightlife scene, the Bar Américain at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo delights its visitors with a decidedly twenties atmosphere. Its signature drinks menu comprised of distinctive cocktails including the Grey Goose vodka by Alain Ducasse reads like a ‘best-of’ from the world of mixology. People head here with their friends and colleagues, after a day at work for a welcome change of scenery, with the Roaring Twenties taking centre stage. With its cosy atmosphere, its jazz or swing musical features and the delicate charm of its decor, you’ll soon fall under its spell. The art of living is also showcased here through its restaurant, where Franck Cerutti’s creations for dinner could well see your after-work drinks transformed into a refined gastronomy-themed evening

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Hôtel de Paris - Bar Américain

.#5 After-work drinks on the terrace at the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo

If during the summertime, lovers of artisan ice cream meet up here to discover the delicious creations of chef Joannès and Gérard Taurin, in the evenings the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo attracts visitors keen to take advantage of this legendary establishment’s friendly atmosphere combining refinement and a classic brasserie spirit. A highly emblematic spot in the Place du Casino, the establishment is immediately recognisable for its panoramic Parisian-style terrace and its outdoor tables. With its white tablecloths and Art Deco features, the atmosphere here takes us back to the golden days of 20th-century hospitality. At the end of the working day, it’s the perfect place for anyone keen to understand and appreciate local life in Monaco and its subtle combination of festive and elegant atmospheres.

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Top 3 happy hours and happy moments

In some establishments in Monaco, your relaxing drink can turn into a “happy hour”, to use the customary expression. Three emblematic bars on the Riviera for happy hours, where a wealth of special offers are available in the early evening.

At the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo:
From 6 pm to 8 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo offers reductions on its impressive range of refined cocktails. A great opportunity to sample some of the highlights from the drinks menu, in which mixology really assumes its status as an art form.

Thematic Thursday evenings at Mada One:
This establishment known for its “snackonomy” concept invented by Marcel Ravin transforms Thursday evenings in Monaco into a uniquely fun and friendly experience. The Thursday get-together at the Mada One, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, brings you themed after-work events, where visitors can sip wine or cocktails or sample sweet and savoury snacks adapted to the month’s chosen theme. A great way to discover the establishment’s cafe/bistro/pâtisserie concept, not to mention the incredible creativity of a chef who skilfully combines conviviality and refinement.

A “happy moment” in the evening at La Rascasse:
With DJ sets, salsa nights, and acoustic duos… On the Rock, lovers of all kinds of music meet up at La Rascasse, something of an institution on Monaco’s nightlife scene. But the establishment is also lively in the day and early evening with for example its much-loved after-work scene from 4 pm to 10 pm, where the “menu of the day” is available. The drinks are offered at a special price and can be accompanied by finger food for any friends and colleagues who fancy a snack!

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