Historical cafes, cosy enoteche (wine bars) and trendy cocktail and craft-beer hotspots: Italy's drinking venues are diverse and commonly multipurpose. Here, 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.

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Drinking & Nightlife

  • Mad Souls & Spirits Florence's cocktail 'It Kid', with cult-alchemist duo Neri and Julian behind the bar.
  • Al Prosecco Toast to the beauty of simplicity with Italy’s finest natural-process wines in Venice.
  • Caffè Gambrinus Sip Italy's thickest, richest espresso in a Naples cafe once frequented by Oscar Wilde.
  • Morgana A Taormina night spot with fashionable crowds and a new look every year.
  • Pasticceria Marchesi Impeccable coffee and delectable dolci (sweets) in a 19th-century stalwart in Milan.