The Italian Riviera drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Genoa

Les Rouges

One of Genoa's surfeit of crumbling palazzi is being put to excellent use in this atmospheric cocktail bar. Three bearded, vest-wearing, red-headed brothers – the 'rouges' of the name – man the floor and shake up so…
Top Choice Bar in Manarola

Nessun Dorma

On a wave-kissed promontory overlooking the pastel-coloured houses of Manarola, this leafy terrace bar makes a magical setting for a sundowner. Great wine selection and plenty of creative cocktails (try a limoncino …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Genoa

Cantine Matteotti

The Puccini wafting up the laneway gives you some clue that this is a special little place. The owners here have a passion for good music and brilliant wine, and will pour you some amazing local drops and stave off …
Top Choice Bar in Corniglia

La Scuna

Craft beer on draft, first-rate cocktails and creative appetisers make a great combo at this surprisingly hip little spot in this most traditional of regions. The best feature, however, is the jaw-dropping terrace, …
Wine Bar in Monterosso

Enoteca Internazionale

One of the best places in Cinque Terre to discover the wines of the region, this family-run wine shop offers various tastings from its selection of over 500 different wines. On clear days, you can enjoy those flight…
Bar in Riomaggiore

A Pié de Mà

A delightful spot for an afternoon pick-me-up, this open-air gem has a terrace perched right over Riomaggiore's wave-kissed shoreline. You'll find local craft beers (including La Spezia's Birrificio del Golfo on dra…
Wine Bar in Manarola

Cantina Nessun Dorma

The best place in Manarola for learning about (and more importantly tasting!) the wines of Cinque Terre occupies a stone-walled 16th-century building near the town church. The tiny shop sells bottles and wines by th…
Bar in La Spezia

Resilience Cafe

An atmospheric spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink, the Resilience Cafe exudes effortless style, with its wine red walls, shelves of books, twinkling chandeliers and vintage furniture. The well-made cocktails are s…
Wine Bar in Corniglia

Terra Rossa

Just off the road that leads down to the station, this vine-covered terrace has pretty views over the vineyards tumbling down to the water, and specialises in local wines. Glasses run €5 to €8, and you can also arra…
Bar in Genoa

A Rumènta

A Genovese original with delightful staff and an easy-going crowd, A Rumènta serves up local craft beers (nine taps from a changing rotation), alongside well-made cocktails and creative pub grub (try an ostrich or k…