Ceresio 7

This fashionable exponent of the Milan night scene is ideal for drinks on the rooftop pool accompanied by classic Milanese dishes. The restaurant is situated on the top floor of the house of the Dsquared2 Group and the historical Enel’s building, in one of the most fashionable areas of Milan. Book in advance.

Nottingham Forest

This is one of the coolest drinking experiences that Milan offers and has been rated among the top 50 bars in the world by several publications. The cocktail bar fuses period furniture with oriental touches, African twists and Caribbean flare. It doesn’t take reservations which means queues can be long but it’s worth the wait. Drinks are absurdly cool.

The Botanical Club of Milano

A must-go for gin lovers, this is the first Italian micro-distillery with a cocktail bar and bistro. Besides producing its artisanal Spleen and Ideal gin, it offers imaginative cocktails with more than a hundred varieties of gins, as well as all the other spirits. The plant-filled space is sophisticated yet welcoming and the bistro menu proposes exotic small dishes to share.


With a name inspired by a futurist magazine from 1913, this peculiar neighbourhood bar lives up to the expectations. The ambience is brimming with creativity and fervour, the space filled with bizarre objects and an assorted crowd. Cocktails are perfectly done and the “Bloodies” are legendary. From 6pm, you can also enjoy one of the best aperitivo in Milan.

Bar Basso

A favourite for different Milanese generations, this is where the negroni sbagliato cocktail was born. A truly cult bar for drinking connoisseurs, it was also the first-ever bar to introduce the aperitivo to everyday people. Why go there today? To enjoy a cocktail in a quiet, slow-paced environment, immersed in singularly old-fashioned interiors. It’s almost like stepping back into the ‘60s.

Fonderie Milanesi

Hidden away from the dazzling Navigli, this isn’t the kind of place that you happen upon by accident. Located at the end of a gravel courtyard, this former foundry has all the rough lure of a reconverted industrial space. Cocktails are good but it’s the atmosphere that will win you over: sit in the lush inner yard and let the chatter bring you miles away from Milan. Book in advance.

N’Ombra de Vin

This is a historical enoteca of Milan which used to be frequented by the likes of the Napoleonic troops and Mozart. Today it also has a bistro with a fantastic selection of gourmet charcuterie. It is one of the most popular places for aperitivo and nightcaps.


Discover the alternative Milanese nightlife and embrace a diverse crowd at Plastic, one of the city’s most popular clubs that hosts funky nights from Friday to Sunday. Don’t show up at the door with too large a group, as you’ll just be waiting in line forever. After enjoying the beats of the main room, move to the smaller mirror room and sing along to famous Italian songs.

Santeria Social Club

This versatile venue is a staple of the city’s laid-back nightlife. A bar, a restaurant, a club, but also a creative atelier, this great indoor piazza is the emblem of a new, never-sleeping Milan. Crowds of friends gather here for the cocktails, for the great concert calendar and for the massive theatre-style space, perfect to dance the night away.

Apollo Milano

Apollo is a favourite hangout of Milan’s creative pack. With New-York flair and velvety charleston sofas, this multifaceted venue includes a bar area, a restaurant and a mirror ball-equipped dancing room. Every Friday, the popular “Rollover” night brings back evergreen Italian disco music. The selection at the door is quite strict, but it all adds up to the cool factor.

Club 1930

If you are looking for a little adventure, go to the prohibition inspired Club 1930, a secret living-room style bar, known to very few. Don’t bother trying to find it on Google, rather go straight to the MAG Café, which is the cover bar, and ask to be invited to the real deal.

  • +39 02 4548 9460
  • MAG Cafè, Ripa di Porta Ticinese 43

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