Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Matera

Vicolo Cieco

Matera's renaissance and new-found relaxed vitality come to the fore at this wine-bar in a typical cave-house off Sasso Barisano's main drag. The eccentric decor signals its friendly, upbeat spirit – retro jukeboxes…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Lecce

Enoteca Mamma Elvira

All you need to know about emerging Salento wine will be imparted by the hip but friendly staff at this cool new joint near the Santa Croce church. Taster glasses are dispatched liberally if you order a few snacks. …
Taverna in Matera

La Focagna

A watering hole appropriate to a city of caves, this cosy little taverna might be claustrophobic, if it wasn't so convivial. Pitted stone walls, colourful wooden chairs, dangling farm implements, international draft…
Microbrewery in Matera

Birrificio 79

This diminutive microbrewery spills out onto the adjoining piazza, providing tables, occasional live music and permanent good cheer to help the Black Lake stout and Little John English ale down. Hearty plates (perha…
Wine Bar in Locorotondo


Treat this laid-back little place either as a sandwich shop or wine bar, sampling prosit (sparkling rose), verdeca and other niche wines of the Valle d'Itria, all over amazing sandwiches, platters of regional produc…
Bar in Matera

Il Quarto Storto

Equally good for coffee and a bite on the sunken terrace during the day, a few beers watching the football in the evening, or cocktails and DJs later on, 'The Fourth Strait' is right in the heart of Sasso Caveoso.
Cafe in Bari

Caffè Borghese

You'll experience genuine hospitality and friendly service at this small refined cafe with a vaulted stone ceiling and faintly Parisian air. With an all-day menu, it serves a pretty good breakfast, but, with its cas…
Wine Bar in Lecce

All'Ombra del Barocco

Open throughout the day, this cool restaurant/cafe/wine bar has most needs covered, offering a range of teas, cocktails and aperitivi. It's open for breakfast, hosts musical events and the modern cooking is well wor…
Pub in Matera

Camera Club

Hosting tribute acts to the Ramones, ZZ Top and Jeff Buckley, plus excursions into reggae and other less-spotted genres, the Camera Club is a happy, vibey, slightly divey place right in the heart of Matera's new tow…
Cafe in Matera


The roots of this daytime/nighttime cafe as a small gelateria still show: you can get yourself a cono medio (medium cone) of pistacchio and cicciolata gelato to cool your stroll down Via Ridola, or you can settle in…