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Beer and Wine: Milan's Best Spots for Imbibing

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Milan is filled with fabulous and fashionable spots for aperitivi, but when all you want is a great beer or glass of vino, be on the lookout for these local institutions. They stock artisanal beers, impossibly hard-to-find wines, and very neighborhood-y atmosphere.
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Via Paolo Sarpi, 30 angolo, Via Arnolfo di Cambio, 1A, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Considered by some as a Milan institution, Cantine Isole is a small wine bar/enoteca with a lot of history and great atmosphere. It's located in the Chinatown neighborhood, near Garibaldi station and the Isola neighborhood. Expect a lot of...
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Via Solferino, 56, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Baladin is one of Italy's favorite craft beer houses, and Milan's recently-opened location is definitely tops. With many labels to taste, Baladin is always a great place to quench your thirst and hunger. Thanks to its location near Corso Como and...
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Via Alessandro Stradella, 4/A, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
This wine bar in the Buenos Aires neighborhood is a wonderful example of Italy's drinking culture—reasonably priced, carefully chosen, enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Here you can also take a bottle home for under 3, if you like what you tried in the...
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Via Plinio, 39, 20020 Milano MI, Italy
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...
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Viale Molise, 68, 20137 Milano MI, Italy
Macao is representative of Italy's unique mix of strong social cohesion, decaying traditional institutions, and ad-hoc problem-solving. The social organization occupied this abandoned butchers' hall in the eastern part of Milan more than one year...
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Via Adelchi, 5, 20131 Milano MI, Italy
Birrificio Lambrate is a well-kept secret in Milan, a city that generally prefers bitter cocktails to beer. The microbrewery opened its second gastropub just outside the city center last year. It’s already much loved for its free happy-hour...
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Palazzo dell'Arte, Viale Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
You can't go to a disco in Milan without experiencing an edicola. L'edicola are newstands by day and bars by night, a beautiful consequence of Italy's lack of open container laws. Instead of spending 5-25 euro on a drink inside a discoteca (dance...
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Via Genova Thaon di Revel, 3, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Start your day at Deus Ex Machina, a motorcycle store in an alley full of them, whose cafe is the perfect spot for a cappuccino and soft scrambled eggs while you ogle the Ducatis. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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The Kraken is the name of a beer here, and not due to its flavor, it's due to the shape and the size of it. Beers here can be ordered normally, or you can choose one of the many extravagant glasses. But beware, they come with a lot of beer! The...
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Viale Monte Nero, 51, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Besides offering one of the best Bloody Marys in Milan, Mom Café is distinguished by its incredible range of aperitivo snacks and its slightly more mature but still energetic crowd, stretching from the bar onto the pavement. The live jazz is a...
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Via Solferino, 33, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Half the fun of going to Dry, a late-night bar and pizza joint in the buzzy neighborhood of Moscova, is the democratically cool crowd: young artists, gray-mustachioed men, and members of the fashion illuminati. The other half is the cocktail menu...