Monte-Carlo is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world with fine dining galore but it also has some more informal places where you can have a very relaxed drinking or dining experience. One of the best of these is the Brasserie de Monaco, which is Monte-Carlo’s only micro brewery. Located right on the harbour, it’s a prime spot all year round and in particular during the Grand Prix when the cars pass right outside.
Inside there’s a casual but comfy bar with a large screen for sports events and a separate private dining room. When we visited, it was December but warm enough to eat outside so how could we resist!
The menu gives you a potted history of the micro brewery, which opened in 2008. The owner, Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, was keen to recreate the tradition of a brewery in Monaco as the last one closed 30 years ago. François Pichon, Master Brewer, has created 4 artisanal beers: Pils lager, amber ale, wheat beer and a seasonal special.
They also do a fine line in cocktails – this non alcoholic Exotic Mood with pineapple, peach and strawberry juice certainly hit the spot.
However it would have been rude not to sample the beers…can you believe that 700,000 litres of beer have already been brewed here since they opened! The Brewmaster has carefully selected the best organic malts which are then fermented for 4 weeks and served non-filtered and non-pasteurized. Their wheat beer won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Awards in 2014.
We were surprised how drinkable even the darkest one was. Mr Luxe isn’t a fan of beer as a general rule, but even he thoroughly enjoyed these. The wheat beer was his favourite whilst I really liked the amber ale and the slice of lemon worked really nicely with the Pils lager.
To go with our beers, we tucked into one of the house specialties, an assortment of Monegasque antipasti. Pissaladière is a savoury Mediterranean pizza-style bread topped with onion, tomato and olives. It was accompanied by foccacia bread and barbajuans, which we’d never tried before. These fritters are filled with Swiss chard and ricotta and are eaten on Monaco’s National Day, 19 November.
We also shared a crispy chicken salad with tomato, avocado, baby corn on the cob and red onions. It was a sophisticated take on fried chicken and very filling.
We skipped dessert and headed for a tour of the brewery. The tanks add an interesting decorative touch to the interior. The brewhouse was designed by German company Kaspar Schulz, who are the world’s oldest manufacturer of brewery equipment.
With 4 service tanks, 5 fermenting tanks and a 1000-liter capacity, it’s an entirely automated brewing system.
The stainless steel tubes carry the beer directly into the bar’s beer pumps.
With a happy hour every day between 6 and 8 pm and live DJs every night, Brasserie de Monaco is a lively place that you should definitely check out if you’re in the area and don’t forget to check out our other Monaco recommendations!
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Brasserie de Monaco, Port Hercule MC 98000 MONACO
Our meal was complimentary for the purposes of this review