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The best places to party during the F1 Monaco Grand Prix race week

Bringing together some of the biggest names in motorsports alongside dazzling parties and show-stopping festivities, the Monaco Grand Prix is an important event in the calendar for yacht-goers, F1 enthusiasts and party people alike.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the most exciting fixtures of the Formula 1 season, the Monaco Grand Prix pulls out all the stops to create a phenomenal event for race attendees.

With plenty of Hollywood A-listers in town for the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place just ahead of the grand prix, the French Riviera will be even more star-studded than usual. What's more, with a spacious marina in the heart of the city, superyachts are right in the thick of the action.

From big-name DJs to world-renowned music acts, attendees can expect an incredible entertainment line-up, with performances taking place at pop-up events, clubs and aboard luxury yachts. Read on to discover the hottest places to party during the F1 Monaco Grand Prix. 

Jimmy’z

jimmy'z club in monaco, with people on the dancefloor and lights on the ceiling

As the Grand Prix gets underway, Monaco’s most elite club will find itself playing host to a cascade of A-listers, motorsports legends and the latest chart-topping DJs and musicians - many of whom will be taking centre stage for an exhilarating F1 after-party performance. Past acts have included the likes of Akon, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, and the 2019 line-up guarantees an equally sensational night of partying.  

Grand Prix attendees who secure themselves a spot on the much-coveted guest list can expect to be welcomed to the venue by the flashing bulbs of paparazzi, before being escorted to a table and served from a frosted Methusalem of champagne.

Blending a truly electric atmosphere with refined, upscale luxury, the so-called ‘Temple of Clubbing’ has carved itself out as the hottest spot to party during Monaco Grand Prix. Tables are in high demand over the course of the F1 race week, so booking is strongly advised.

Amber Lounge @ Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel

people dancing at amber lounge monaco, with confetti falling on crowds

Renowned as the world’s original and most exclusive Grand Prix after-party, Amber Lounge is where the celebrity pack, well-heeled fashion moguls and F1 fraternity come to party. A Formula 1 staple, the pop-up event follows the Grand Prix around the globe and will take up residence this year at the Meridien Beach Plaza for three nights only.

Celebrations will kick off with the iconic Amber Lounge Charity Fashion Show, which sees F1 drivers take to the catwalk to model couture menswear from some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. After putting on a spectacular show, the party vibes begin to set in.

Non-stop DJ sets, world-class music acts and enthralling entertainment ensure a mesmerising night of dancing, socialising and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Book your ticket well in advance to choose from a range of VIP table options, and discover the euphoric atmosphere that has cemented Amber Lounge’s reputation as the number one Grand Prix after-party.

Nikki Beach @ Fairmont Monte Carlo

Grand Prix celebrations at Nikki Beach at Fairmont Hotel in Monaco

Representing the finest in luxury hospitality, Nikki Beach will be making a return to Monte-Carlo over the F1 Race Week. Offering panoramic views over the racing circuit, including a particularly challenging hairpin bend, and the glittering Mediterranean, the pop-up event will be situated on the rooftop of the Fairmont Hotel.

Fans of the Nikki Beach brand will find a signature selection of canopy-covered sunbeds arranged around a pool, with a state-of-the-art sound system surrounding the space. Premium drinks will be available during the day, allowing guests to lie back and soak up the action of the races from the comfort of a sumptuous sunbed.

After the cars have crossed the finish line, DJs will take to the decks to create a laid-back soundtrack to accompany the start of the night. A cutting-edge fashion show will be hosted at the event, followed by movie screenings and dance performances. Finally, as the stars begin to dot the sky, the party vibes are amped up and Nikki Beach's award-winning nightlife scene comes out to play in full force. Bookings should be made well in advance, and visitors can choose from a range of hospitality packages.

Sunset @ Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel

Pulling out all the stops for the Grand Prix, Sunset Lounge at Meridien Beach Plaza promises a show-stopping evening of big-name acts in a premium waterfront setting, infused with a laid-back, beach party energy.

During the day, live coverage of the races is streamed on big screens around the venue and can be watched while sampling gourmet cuisine and flavourful, speciality cocktails. But as the sun dips below the sea, DJs take to the decks to provide the soundtrack to a wild night spent dancing under a star-choked sky.

Enjoy the infectiously upbeat atmosphere, enlivened by dance performances and dazzling light shows, before rounding off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display. Entrance is free, however, tickets should be booked well in advance to secure a spot on the guest list.

Twiga, Grimaldi Forum

Dining room of Twiga in Monaco with light patterns on ceiling

Created by a former F1 manager and the brains behind the eminent Billionaire’s Club brand, Twiga has enticed a regular jet-set clientele with its smooth drinks, hip beats and buzzing ambience.

Located in the impressive Grimaldi Forum, Grand Prix-attendees should make the venue their one-stop party hub when the racing draws to a close. Providing stylish surrounds to take you from evening through the night, the venue exudes retro luxury in a comfortable and convivial setting.

Revelers can sample eclectic Japanse-Italian cusine at the sophisticated eatery before the venue transforms into one of the most lively party spots in Monaco. With a star-studded ceiling, central DJ booth and stage with extended sections, visitors can expect to be enthralled and captivated by Twiga’s performance line-up during the Grand Prix race week. Turn up on the night, and prepare to be blown away.

La Rascasse

la rascasse bar in monaco

La Rascasse's setting is so enviable, the final turn of the Grand Prix race track borrows the bar's name. With its superior location tucked inside a chicane of the circuit, the exhilarating energy of the on-track action lingers here well into the night, promising a lively setting for partying and mingling. 

During the day, tables on the outdoor terrace will prove particularly popular, as these offer trackside views and a spot to watch the sunset over the superyachts lined up along the dock. Here, revellers can enjoy a light bite from the extensive selection of share-size dishes on the menu, while enjoying house cocktails and live DJ sets.

With a winning combination of upbeat music, professional dancers and a buoyant, dancefloor-filling atmosphere, La Rascasse’s F1 after-party is not to be missed for those looking for an unforgettable evening. 

Yacht parties

nighttime shot of jacuzzi on a superyacht during a yacht party at the monaco grand prix, with buildings of monte carlo in background
yachts on the dock at port hercules
woman dancing on yacht during monaco grand prix after party

No Monaco Grand Prix would be complete without the glittering addition of superyachts lined up along Port Hercules. Similarly to the on-land clubs, these superyacht soirees feature big-name DJs and live performances from music acts to keep scores of well-heeled VIP guests dancing well after the racing has finished.

Alongside headliners that rival those of the biggest clubs in the city, the superyachts with the most exclusive parties also feature free-flowing premium drinks, gourmet cuisine and five-star service. State-of-the-art sound systems, disco lighting and luxurious social areas add to the chic nightlife vibes.

Such is the popularity of these on-the-water festivities, it’s recommended you get your name down on the guest list or book tickets ahead of your arrival. The non-private parties form part of VIP Monaco F1 yacht hospitality packages. Secure one of these hot tickets and the celebrations begin as soon as you step on board to watch the racing.

By Katia Damborsky   Last Updated 7 February 2019

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