It's All About the Cocktails in Milan
Collected by Erica Firpo, AFAR Local Expert
Milan's cocktail scene is on fire. Some of Italy's best bartenders have set up shop at bars, speakeasies, and seasonal pop-ups to show off their amazing techniques and concoctions. If you like a bit of style and showmanship (whether traditional, laid-back, formal, or eclectic) with your Negroni, Sazerac, or Sidecar, these are the spots for you.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Yes, Mag is a great place for a morning, Saturday brunch, and light lunch, but it is also an excellent spot for those who love a great cocktail. Head to Navigli in the late afternoon to watch Flavio, Marco, and Francesco mix creative concoctions...
Viale Piave, 1, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
Italy's No.1 chef Massimo Bottura described Nottingham Forest as a blend of "Hemingway and the TV show C.S.I." for its eclectic vibe. But for its cocktails, Bottura and many others feel Nottingham Forest is Milan's main innovator. Mixologist Dario...
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Here's the skinny: I'm not going to tell you the address, or the phone number. All I can tell you is, there's a gin mill somewhere in Milan that's the bees knees. You just need to know who to ask, once you know your onions then everything'll be...
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...
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Triennale is dedicated to the extremely rich history of design in Italy since the end of World War II. The museum is large, with many concurrent exhibitions, and the bookstore has a great selection, but the park outside offers a chance for...
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
What was once a 16th-century monastery garden is now a beautiful outdoor oasis in the heart of bustling Milan. Il Giardino is a 4000-square-meter manicured getaway accessible only to guests at the Bulgari Hotel. More than a garden, it’s a true...
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 31, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Armani Hotel Milano occupies a beautiful, box-shaped 1930s palazzo in the beating heart of Milan’s fashion district. As striking as it looks from the outside, it’s arguably even more glamorous on the inside. Every aspect of its...
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.
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...
Via Felice Casati, 27, 20133 Milano MI, Italy
Part living room, part laboratory, Pavè is a pastry lovers' mecca. Delicious sweet and savory snacks ~ hot chocolate, puddings, pies, aperitivi~ made on the spot. What ever you do, if you spot something you like, order it immediately or it quickly...
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