What is the Dress Code at the Casino de Monte-Carlo?

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Monaco is all about opulence and luxury, so it makes sense that when visiting its celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo, you will need to pay close attention to the dress code.

Are you planning a trip to Monaco and wish to visit the fabled Casino de Monte-Carlo?  If so, don’t expect to be allowed in wearing your Las Vegas-style getup.  In Vegas, no one cares what you wear.  However, Monte Carlo is different and knowing how to dress will help you navigate around more easily.

The Casino de Monte-Carlo

The Casino de Monte-Carlo is the jewel of Monaco.  The casino offers slot machines, as well as tables with roulette, craps, blackjack, and various forms of poker.  Although all these games are well attended, the casino’s most popular drawcard by far is baccarat.  

Because Monte Carlo is blessed with a Mediterranean climate year-round, there is no downtime. However, there are certain times during the year when it’s more challenging to visit. Like most gambling venues worldwide, this casino operates on a first-come, first-served basis. During the peak summer season, it’s much harder to get in.

There are also times during spring when the principality is bustling. April is a tough month to travel to Monaco. Also, several events coincide in May, such as the Monaco Grand Prix and a state ball. If you wish to attend events around this time, you must make reservations far in advance. The late autumn and winter months are a good time to swing by for those seeking less crowding.

The Dress Code at the Casino de Monte-Carlo

The Casino de Monte-Carlo is not your average Las Vegas casino. While Sin City casinos don’t really have a dress code, that is not the case in Monaco. However, the level of dressing up depends on the type of events at the casino and the time of day.

Firstly, unlike Las Vegas, the casino in Monte Carlo is not open 24/7. There’s no such thing as a breakfast buffet before your early morning slots. Instead, the casino opens at 2 pm daily and stays open until 4 am the following morning. This includes major holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Casino de Monte-Carlo has strict regulations regarding attire, although a few rules are somewhat vague. The casino prohibits shorts, flip-flops, and sneakers. Bathing costumes are also a big no-no. For example, at some Vegas casinos, women would wear a bikini top with a sarong skirt while on the floor. The Casino de Monte-Carlo does not allow that.

Jeans are also looked down upon, although you might get away with wearing them on a slow day if you are lucky enough. However, if you are serious about gambling, you wouldn’t want to chance it.

While there is a flat-out ban on some pieces of clothing, the rest of the dress code is vaguer. The casino instructs its visitors to wear “proper attire”, leaving you to judge what you ought to wear. For example, dresses and khakis are always acceptable, along with pants and skirts.  On the other hand, t-shirts are not.

The casino also distinguishes between afternoon and evening attire.  If you’re going to visit the casino at night, your dress should be more evening appropriate. This means that the men are expected to wear jackets, while women should ramp up to something more elegant, with dresses or suits always encouraged.

Don’t go too far

The movies that feature the Casino de Monte-Carlo often show men dressed in tuxedos and women sporting intricate evening gowns. However, on an average night, most players look like they are dressed for a smart-casual evening out.

There’ll always be a gentleman or two who will parade around in a white tie and tails, sometimes accompanied by a top hat and a cane. Or there might be a lady strolling about in a couture gown with white gloves and diamonds. So, remember that, while dressing up for a casino is always fun, making a clown out of yourself is not.

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