5 hottest bars in Milan
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
From fast food to fast living
It’s hard to believe, but this glossy, modern cocktail bar and restaurant used to be a McDonald’s. These days fast food is a thing of the past. The bar serves tasty snacks with the aperitifs, while the separate restaurant has a more extensive menu for bigger appetites. If you enjoy live music, stop by on Fridays and try to get a table near the stage. The bar also offers a disco and DJ nights, while Sunday evenings draw a gay-friendly crowd and feature performances ranging from art to literature.
Viale Papiniano, 16, 20123 Milano
Tel: 02 / 43319682
Too cool for school
This achingly trendy dance club, cafe, bar and restaurant all in one is an incredibly striking venue designed by young Milanese architects, and the resulting décor is part sci-fi film set, part Baroque palace, with a huge chandelier as centerpiece. By day it’s quite casual and a popular lunch spot serving decent Italian fayre, but night draws a glam crowd and the door policy can be tough, so dress accordingly.
Viale Umbria, 42, Milano-Italy
Tel: +39 199111111 www.cafeatlantique.it
Tel: +39 02 6427499 www.amibar.it
Uber cool urban hub
Part bar, part restaurant and part music venue, a_mi is an ultra-cool, high-ceilinged bar in the up and coming Bicocca district of the city. Concrete dominates the interior, but the experimental aesthetic works, comprising muted hues of grey and sculptural surfaces. However, in contrast to its colour scheme, the crowd a_mi draws is colourful as well as young and casual (by Milan standards), and they come for the great cocktails, the Japanese sushi and the music, which goes on after the dinner service ends.
Viale Pirelli Piero E Alberto, 14, Milan
Tel: 00 39 (0)2 202 404 58
Chandelier Restaurant and Bar
Unique wining and dining
Walk into Chandelier Restaurant and bar you’ll find an outrageous fusion of glamour, art, colour, light and sound and might almost forget you’ve come here for food and drink. Popular with the fashion set, this extensive, cavern of a venue conjures an atmosphere that’s part Felllini film set, part Baroque palace and part Moulin Rouge, with several rooms featuring elaborate furnishings, chandeliers, gilt-edge tables and rich red carpets. The best thing is that everything inside is for sale…so you can leave with something you’ll never find in a souvenir shop!
Via Broggi 17, Milan, 20129
Tel: +39 02 29400580 www.barbasso.com
Old world film star charm in a glass
An historical, Milanese institution renowned for its cocktails rather than for its food, Bar Basso immortalizes the zeitgeist of a bygone era and used to be a regular haunt for Italian movie stars such as Walter Chiari and Sandra Mondain. The bar is spread over two rooms; one in country style and the other in nineteenth century style, and it’s the tradition and rare charm of this place that makes it really worth a visit. Try the signature cocktail, Negroni Sbagliato, invented here and presented in huge scenographic glasses, brimming with oversized ice-cubes.
Via Plinio 39 20129 Milano