Maona Monte-Carlo: the Intersection of vintage glamour and modern Monaco

As the sun goes down, Monaco’s vibrant Riviera spirit awakens at Maona, with its open-air cabaret vibes, Mediterranean cuisine, vintage cocktails and Belle Epoque tunes from electro collective Bon Entendeur. 

After its debut in 2023, Maona Monte-Carlo has returned for another season of eclectic nights.

A glamourous past revived

In the 1960s, Monaco was the epitome of glamour, and Maona was the place to be. Opened in 1962, it attracted celebrities like Jerry Lewis, Joséphine Baker, Liza Minelli, Yves Montand and Omar Sharif. Now, 60 years later, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has revived this legendary seaside venue.

Vintage glamour meets Monaco magic at Maona Monte-Carlo. Photo courtesy Monte-Carlo SBM

Musical magic

Music has always been central to Maona Monte-Carlo. This year, the venue will feature the best rhythms from the 60s to the 90s, curated by the French electro collective Bon Entendeur. The musical line-up also includes live performances by Niki Black, an American-Iranian artist known for her powerful voice and piano skills, who will perform live from Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm to 12.30am, before DJ Jay takes over, spinning timeless hits from the 60s and 70s.

Culinary delights

Under the leadership of Chef Vincenzo Giordano, Maona Monte-Carlo offers the same refined Mediterranean menu as last summer, including delicious fried anchovies stuffed with Swiss chard and mussels, as well as a few new additions like the artichoke tart, ravioli with beef stew and pappardelle with rock fish. Signature dishes include the Maona-style bouillabaisse and Chapon Royal de Méditerranée. 

The desserts are also impressive, particularly the baked Alaska Monaco-style, to be shared, the Millefeuille ‘Prince Albert’, and the dark chocolate Parisian flan. 

The view before the sun goes down at Maona Monte-Carlo. Photo courtesy Monte-Carlo SBM

Expanded bar offerings

Maona Monte-Carlo’s very cool lounge bar, Bar Sauvage, is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or post-party relaxation. Head Bartender Marco Stella serves up classic and innovative cocktails like the Americano rosé, Negroni soufflé, Sauvage Margarita and Maona Spritz. From 6pm to 7pm, guests can enjoy the Monaco-style aperitif, Da Spartagià, featuring Mediterranean snacks. The Piano Bar Aperitivo follows from 7pm to 9pm, with cocktails, Champagne or rosé wine paired with regional finger foods like panisse fries and Corsican charcuterie.

See more: Everything you need to know about the Bar Sauvage experience at Maona

With its blend of nostalgic glamour, live music, generous cuisine and creative cocktails, Maona Monte-Carlo continues to be an essential destination for unforgettable summer nights in Monaco. Oh, and they provide a QR code valet service, so you won’t have to wait around for your car at the end of the night!

Maona Monte-Carlo will be open until 29th September.

Monaco Life’s resident foodie Cassandra Tanti was there, check out our Instagram video below…

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Photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM