Monaco is located on the French Riviera, and is a sovereign city state with a population of just under 40,000 people. Bordered by France on three sides, Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world, and also the second smallest. Governed by Prince Albert II, the House of Grimaldihas ruled over Monaco since 1297, and has immense political power after become a voting member of the United Nations in 1993.
Benefitting from a warm summer influenced by the oceanic and subtropical climates, thousands of people every year travel to Monaco to experience the glitz and glamour of the luxury lifestyle bestowed on its inhabitants. The state is a world-famous tax haven, and people that live here are not required to pay income tax. However Monaco does have high social insurance taxes that have to be paid by both employee and employer.
When it comes to entertainment, Monaco offers some of the best attractions in the world. The Monaco Grand Prix has been the focus of global attention since its opening in 1955, and the entire circuit takes over six weeks to erect!
There’s also the Monte Carlo Rally which has been attracting the world’s best drivers since 1911, and the country’s football team AS Monaco FC, who have signed at one time or another some of the best players in the world, including JurgenKlinsmann, Thierry Henry, David Trezuguet, Javier Saviloa and Fernando Morientes. When it comes to bars and clubs however, Monaco knows how to treat its guests. Let’s take a look at some of the best drinking hotspots this fantastic city has to offer.
Bar at the Columbus Monaco
This classy and refreshing hotel offers a type of luxury bar like no other, an exquisite dining experience with the country’s best cooks and finest cocktails. If you’re familiar with the Malmasion Hotel chain, then the Bar at the Columbus wont fail to disappoint – in fact, it exceeds all expectations, even down to the menu sampling waiting that enlightens guests with the chef’s finest tastes. Benefitting from a terrace that looks out onto the emerald waters of the port, this bar oozes class and comfort.
Monaco is one of the most unique countries in the world, and the Blue Gin bar reflects the style and class that makes this luxurious state one of the most popular places to visit in the world. This bar is home to the best cocktail bar on the harbour, and people choose to drink in this bar for the view alone. Not only are the furnishings contemporary, but the drinks are exquisite too, offering some of the freshest ingredients on the island. The more inventive the drinks, the higher the prices.
Jimmy’z, the premier nightclub in Monte Carlo, is a hipster’s paradise, and if you’re looking for a fast-paced bar with world-famous DJs, then this is the place for you. A bottle of Champaign at Jimmy’z will probably set you back a month’s mortgage payment, so it’s best to stick to the £20 cocktails, however the food is unbelievably luxurious so expect a hefty bill for your standard three course!
Lloyd is a freelance travel blogger and is currently working on behalf of Cruise.co.uk – an online cruise comparison site, helping you to find the lowest prices and the latest deals.