Bar Basso is one of the oldest cocktail bars in Milan. It's appeared in many films and is a piece of history in the city. It's always been a privileged meeting place for designers, journalists, artists, and writers. Here you can taste the best international drinks dipped in a real atmosphere of an Italian bar. Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Milanese file into their neighborhood bars and fashionable watering holes. They elbow their way to the bar and partake in one of the city's long-held social traditions: the aperitivo. Strictly speaking, an aperitivo is a pre-meal drink served to whet your appetite or, as the Italians say, to "open your stomach," commonly with drinks such as Campari and orange juice or Cinzano on ice.
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Bar Basso is a Milanese institution. During the Salone del Mobile in April, it attracts a huge gathering of designers and it stays open until just before dawn. During the rest of the year you can avoid the hour-long lines and still try its famous Negroni Sbagliatto: a bitters-based cocktail slightly softened by swapping out gin for Prosecco, and served in these enormous glasses!