Must-see nightlife in Milan

  • At the counter of Pasticceria da Cova

    Pasticceria Cova


    In operation for 200 years, the Quadrilatero's most historic bar was bought by LVMH and got a subsequent subtle nip-and-tuck eschewing any showy…

  • Apollo Club


    Milan’s creative crowd loves to hang at this multifunctional space incorporating a handsome vintage-style bar with club chairs and chesterfields; a 30…

  • Nottingham Forest


    If Michelin awarded stars for bars, Nottingham Forest would have one. This eclectically decorated Asian/African tiki bar is the outpost of molecular…

  • Baladin Milano


    At the end of super-chic Via Solferino you’ll find this lovely gastropub where Piedmontese brewer Teo Musso serves his line of Baladin craft beers…

  • Vinoir


    This small, spare bar at the quieter end of the Navigli Grande harbours a generous and unusual selection of natural and biodynamic wines. Servers are…

  • Bamboo Bar


    In a city full of designer drinking dens, the Bamboo Bar literally raises the bar with its double-height windows offering up incredible city views. Expert…

  • Mag Cafe

    Mag Cafè


    Don’t get distracted by the cosy eclectic decor, complete with wingback armchairs, marble-topped tables, a patchwork of Persian rugs and huge lampshades…

  • Exterior of BASE arts and cultural space



    In the former Ansaldo factory complex you’ll find a cultural centre brimming with workshops, markets, film nights and open-air parties (especially over…

  • Entrance to Backdoor43



    One of Milan’s best secrets: a hidden space the size of a walk-in wardrobe that can be rented out as your private bar for 90-minute intervals. With just…

  • Entrance to Fonderie Milanesi

    Fonderie Milanesi


    Hard-to-find Fonderie Milanesi, a former metal foundry, is tucked down the bottom of an industrial yard off Via Giovenale. Locals love it for its stripped…

  • The Spirit


    From the metal-studded door with its mysterious porthole to the sleek, sweeping wooden bar and canary-yellow bar stools, The Spirit is a serious and…

  • Pasticceria Marchesi


    Decked out in baby pink, gold and peppermint green, Marchesi’s Quad cafe is as easy on the eye as its pastries are on the taste buds. Inside you’ll find a…

  • Club Plastic


    This is Milan’s most historic club – its original location was frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring (you can still see the door Haring…

  • Bar Rita


    This sleek American-style cocktail bar serves seriously creative cocktails and classics with a twist. Try the signature 'old-style' negroni with gin,…

  • Armani Privé


    In the basement of the Armani superstore, this club has a Japanese–modernist aesthetic, the calm of which you’ll need after the hysteria of getting in and…

  • HClub Diana


    Secreted behind a vast leather curtain at the back of the Sheraton, aperitivo at HClub Diana is one of Milan's most varied. Grab a freshly crushed peach…

  • Sitting area at Cafezal



    There’s a new micro-roastery cafe on the block and it’s bringing third-wave coffee culture to Milan in a big way. Forget your classic Italian espresso …

  • 1930 Cocktail Bar in Milan



    Jazz, cigars and elaborate cocktails are all part of the allure of this exclusive speakeasy with a secret location. Behind a fake shopfront of waving cats…

  • The Futurism themed design inside Lacerba



    A homage to Futurism, Milan’s most infamous art movement, Lacerba has dishes from Futurist Marinetti’s kooky culinary manifesto (death to pasta!), as well…

  • Vintage motorcycle and decor at Officine Riunite Milanesi

    Officine Riunite Milanesi


    Littered with old cars, motorcycles and vintage signs, Officine is a huge, dimly lit retro workshop-cum-bar unlike anything else in the city. Fancy…

  • Outdoor drinking area of Caffe Picchio.

    Bar Picchio


    It’s an old-man bar with oodles of charm: think ’70s interior, vintage prints and a whole lot of laminate. During the day, you'd never believe this is one…

  • Ugo bar interior



    Hipster home Ugo has a retro vibe that will appeal to latter-day Gatsbys who find themselves in need of a rum or whisky-based cocktail such as Whip &…

  • Le Biciclette exterior at sun down

    Le Biciclette


    Bicycles are the theme of this cosy art bar and bistro, and they hang stylishly from the walls alongside works by emerging artists. Still popular with…

  • Radetsky Cafe street view

    Radetzky Cafe


    Fabulous banquette and window seating make Radetzky one of the most popular aperitivo places on this stylish, pedestrianised strip. In keeping with the…

  • Dry


    The brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton, Dry brings together everyone’s favourites: cocktails and gourmet pizza. The inventive cocktail list…

  • Botanical Club


    Milan’s second Botanical Club takes its airy contemporary cue from the Chipperfield-designed MUDEC museum opposite. Its fern- and palm-filled interior,…

  • Bere Buona Birra


    Milan’s cocktail craze may be taking the town by storm, but Filippo Garavaglia’s neighbourhood beer shop-cum-brewery pulls in punters with a well-priced…

  • N'Ombra de Vin


    Set in the atmospheric surrounds of a one-time Augustine refectory, this enoteca (wine bar) gets packed with an older upmarket kind of crowd, especially…

  • VOLT


    Owned by fashion guru Claudio Antonioli, this is possibly Milan's most beautiful club. Set against a sleek all-black interior, it attracts an affluent…

  • Caffé Baglioni


    Take a load off your feet at the Hotel Baglioni’s darkly sumptuous cafe. With its plush teal-coloured armchairs, glossy black tables and art deco touches,…

  • Cafè del Binari


    Named after the rail tracks that drove modernity through the heart of Milan, this Liberty-style cafe reflects the glamour of the railway age. Plump red…

  • Rocket


    Courting an alternative, gay-friendly scene, Rocket is a local favourite that delivers a great DJ line-up, great cocktails and a load of unpretentious fun…

  • Pinch


    Cocktails are the order of the day at Pinch, a cozy bar with Prohibition-era decor where inventive concoctions come with names such as Stagione di Bici!! …

  • Bar Basso


    This iconic Milanese bar is not only said to have invented the aperitivo concept, but also the ever-popular negroni sbagliato (made with prosecco not gin)…

  • Pandenus


    Originally a bakery, Pandenus was named after the walnut bread that used to emerge from its (still active) oven. Now the focaccia, pizzetta and bruschetta…

  • Bulgari Hotel


    Whether experienced inside beneath the giant botanical sculptures at the earth-toned bar or outside on the terrace overlooking the brilliantly green…

  • Orsonero Coffee


    At the forefront of Milan’s nascent third-wave coffee scene, Brent Jopson’s passion for single origin roasts is encouraging the Milanese to slow down…

  • La Vineria


    La Vineria strips away all the aperitivo hoopla and serves up glasses, carafes and bottles of wine (and olive oil) straight from the barrel. A glass of…

  • Pravda Vodka Bar


    Milan’s celebrated vodka bar is a tiny temple dedicated to that potent potato juice. With more than 100 different types of vodka to choose from and owner…

  • Sant'Ambroeus


    This belle époque bar with its glittering Murano chandelier and counter full of sugary confectionary is something of an institution in the Quad. It is…

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