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.
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.