Milan drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Navigli & Zona Tortona

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-seat restaurant, a games room and a dance hall illuminated with …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

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 mixologist Dario Comino, who conjures smoking cocktails packed wit…
Top Choice Cafe in Quadrilatero d'Oro & Porta Venezia

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 modernisations. Instead, cushioned banquettes gleam in midnight-blue v…
Top Choice Cafe in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

oTTo

How to define oTTo? It’s where you go to feel at home when you don’t want to be at home (or in your hotel). Come here for breakfast; hang out with the global nomads mid-morning; break for sociable lunches, cake-fill…
Top Choice Cafe in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

Pasticceria Marchesi

If you’re looking for an elegant coffee accompanied by a delicate array of biscuits and pastries, this is the place for you, although you may have to queue at peak times (ie when bankers from Piazza degli Affari jos…
Top Choice Bar in Brera & Parco Sempione

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 alongside a menu of Fassone beef burgers and sweet paprika chips. Th…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Navigli & Zona Tortona

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 knowledgeable and keen to share details of the wine’s provenance …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Cantine Isola

Only octogenarians make use of the table at the back – everyone else hovers near the beautiful old bar, balancing plates of bruschetta and holding glasses at the ready to sample wines from 400 exceptional vintners. …
Top Choice Bar in Quadrilatero d'Oro & Porta Venezia

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 cocktails such as the signature Mary Caprese are also bound …
Bar in Navigli & Zona Tortona

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 that look like birds' nests. The focus here is the cocktails, …