Five places to enjoy fine wine in Monaco
Monaco real estate is amongst the most sought after in Europe. It’s not hard to see why with the outstanding climate and way of life. There are some incredible Michelin Star restaurants to experience in the area. The likes of chef Joël Robuchon have chosen to set up in Monaco, helping to put the Principality firmly on Europe’s gourmet dining map.
For those who want to experience the kind of fine wine you’d expect to taste at a Michelin star restaurant, but without the five courses of a gourmet experience, these fine wine bars in Monaco will please you, and your partner.
1. Wine Palace Monte Carlo
This is a relatively new wine bar, which doubles up as a wine cellar and offers an extensive selection of fine wines available for purchase to take home.
The Wine Palace is the perfect place to enjoy the last evening rays of sunshine. In the summer, you can sit outside and marvel at the impressive properties surrounding Port Hercules, and take your pick from the superyachts docked in the port.
Sommeliers are on hand to give you great insight into the wine list and help you make an informed choice.
• What to wear? Smart casual.
• Tel: +377 97 77 05 05
• On the web: winepalacemontecarlo.com
• Where to eat afterwards? Le Virage on Port Hercules.
2. Hotel de Paris
The Casino square is an iconic area of Monaco. Perched in the corner of the square is arguably one of the best hotels in Monte Carlo.
Hotel de Paris is happy to host guests for a glass of fine wine, even if you’re not staying there, or don’t intend to eat.
Be sure to take a seat in the window so you can people watch as the crowds pour in and out of the neighbouring Casino.
• What to wear? Smart (jacket advisable for the gents).
• Tel: +377 98 06 30 00
• On the web: hoteldeparismontecarlo.com
• Where to eat afterwards: Nobu at the Fairmont Hotel.
Tucked away in Fontvieille, Modjo is a good choice if you want to see the other (lesser-known) port of Monaco. It gets lively from 6pm onwards, as there are many offices in that area.
Modjo is stylish and ambient. It’s surrounded by a handful of great restaurants (Beef Bar, Constantine and La Saliere, to name a few) so there is plenty of choice to whet your appetite after a nice glass of wine.
• What to wear? Smart casual.
• Tel: +377 97 77 79 04
• On the web: modjo.club
• Where to eat afterwards: Either stay at Modjo or head to Constantine.
4. Bar des Artistes
This is a local favourite which oozes sophistication and feels like the kind of place a good night could really get started.
Located in the corner of Port Hercules, next to the famous Rascasse corner, Bar des Artistes is full of charm and quirkiness. Find yourself a table and recline on the retro loungers with a glass of your favourite grape.
At times the whole lounge area (opposite the main building) is booked out for groups so make sure you call in advance to ensure the bar is open and you can get a table.
• What to wear? Smart Casual.
• Tel: +377 97 97 97 77
• On the web: quaidesartistes.com
• Where to eat afterwards: Quai des Artistes (part of the same establishment).
5. Three Tapas
If you prefer a more casual wind down where no effort is needed, this Spanish tapas bar is low-key and has a relaxed atmosphere. The bar is situated in the heart of Monaco, just behind Port Hercules.
Three Tapas is not necessarily the place to go for the very best wine in town, but you can expect tasty tapas options along with fruity Spanish wines and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Head here for ‘apero’ just after 6pm. This bar can be pretty busy at that time but you’re guaranteed to soak up the good atmosphere and meet some nice people.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. If you’re lucky the owner sometimes gets his guitar out to serenade his customers.
• What to wear? Casual.
• Tel: +377 97 77 79 00
• On the web: Facebook page
• Where to eat afterwards: Huit et Demi in La Condamine.