Monaco nightlife is as hip as any on the coast, by turns hot and cool, and can be ludicrously expensive. Last time I was in the legendary Jimmy’z, a beer cost me €26.
The HQ of Monaco hipdom for 40 years or more – it was launched in 1974 by the legendary Regine – Jimmy’z is huge, half inside and half outside (in the very pleasant Japanese garden) – and wholly outrageous. It’s got no less so since full refurbishment in 2017. But, if you want to share a dance floor with George Benson, Lionel Richie or Pink, you’ve as good a chance here as anywhere else. You’re unlikely, though, to be sharing a table with them. The super-VIPs are now directed to – new in 2013 – the Boom Boom Room overlooking the dance floor. But, even if you want table service on ordinary tables in high season, you’re going to have to buy €300’s worth of hooch. Up to you whether you think Pink is worth it. Up to you, too, whether you really want to go somewhere to which entry is controlled by bouncers, and where staff think themselves the earth’s elect. I’d rather eat my own leg.
Address: Sporting Club, 26 Avenue Princess Grace, Monaco
Contact: 00 377 98 06 70 68; jimmyzmontecarlo.com
Prices: think €28 for a first drink, even if it’s only a mineral water. Cheapest champagne is €350/bottle while Jack Daniels is €300+/bottle
Opening times: April-October, Wed-Sun, 11.30pm-dawn; July/August: every night