Italy in detail

Drinking & Nightlife

Historical cafes, cosy enoteche (wine bars) and trendy cocktail and craft-beer hotspots: Italy's drinking venues are diverse and multipurpose. Quiet daytime cafes might transform into buzzing evening bars with bands or DJ-spun tunes, while wine bars are often just as popular for their food. Despite a rise in binge drinking, most Italians remain moderate imbibers, almost always consuming alcohol with food, whether with pre-dinner aperitivo snacks or a proper meal.

Best Lists

Drinking & Nightlife

  • Caffè Gambrinus Sip Italy's thickest, richest espresso in a Naples cafe once frequented by Oscar Wilde.
  • Le Volpi e l'Uva Exceptional boutique wines perfectly paired with cheeses, cold meats and the finest crostini in Florence.
  • Il Mercantile Historic Caffè dei Frari by day; Venice's best cocktail bar by night.
  • Caffetteria Torinese Two-times winner of the 'Best Bar in Italy' award with unmatched location on Turin's Piazza Grande.
  • Ranzani 13 Bologna's best craft-beer bar and gastropub.
  • A Pié de Mà Open-air gem perched above Riomaggiore's wave-kissed shoreline in the fabled Cinque Terre.