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Check the website for this portside warehouse's calendar of upcoming bands, sometimes international, and not-to-be-sniffed-at DJ sets.
An eccentric and convivial grab bag of locals gather here for glasses of local wine and a few rounds of whatever is on offer in the snack counter.
Trieste's opera house is a little bit Scala and a little bit Fenice (thanks to a pair of duelling architects), but wears the mix well...
Virtually unchanged since its 1830 opening, the richly moulded ceilings, primrose-yellow walls and Viennese mirrors here couldn't be any more evocative...
Dance until dawn, with Italian hits on Friday and the latest in international DJ dance numbers on Saturday.
This veritable hall of mirrors (specchi) first opened its doors back in 1839 and, despite some modern updates, has been feeding the addictions of Triestine coffee-quaffers ever since.
This lovely cafe and chocolate shop makes everything in-house, including the hot chocolate slowly simmering in a great pot behind the counter and, in summer, gelato...
Casa della Musica puts on various performances, from jazz quartets to solo acts of all types.
A hip place to start the night (or drop by for coffee during the day), the atmosphere here is made all the homier by the timber furnishings and stone floor.
They know their wine at this bottle- and barrel-lined place. If you can't make it to the Carso wine region, get the owner to ply you with indigenous grape varieties (their Vitovska selection is encyclopedic)...
The smallest and, dare we say, friendliest of the historic bunch, this is an exquisite room that's just as nice for an evening wine as a morning capo un' b (macchiato in a glass).
Opening just before WWI, this melancholy giant is spectacularly decorated with theatrical mask paintings, dark chocolate-coloured walls and miles of marble tables. Service can be surly.
Booths, beer on tap and vinyl! Yes, Trieste goes indie at this great little corner bar beneath Castello di San Giusto.
A breeding ground for lounge lizards and bright young things, Viale 39 has multiple personalities as long as you’re a snappy dresser...
The Slovene side of Triestine life finds expression at the Teatro Sloveno , southeast of the centre.
This attractive space, with its wide, open terrace and comfortable wicker lounges, would be even more inviting if the tacky souvenir kiosks and parked cars across the grassy strip didn’t block the harbour view.
Just north of Titov trg, the city's theatre stages plays as well as concerts and dance performances.
This cafe-bar at the northern side of the market facing a little park and the sea is a popular local hangout.
In the industrial area southeast of the port, the Ambasada Gavioli holds the crown as queen of Slovenia’s electronic clubs, showcasing a procession of international and local DJs.
This cafe in a classical building opposite the Venetian House is a wonderful place for a drink and people-watching on the square.
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