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Nightlife in Milan (The Guide)
Milan stands at second for the population in Italy and is considered to be the 54th in the world when it comes to metropolitan area. In the nightlife of Milan, you can find appetizers, stylish attire, riveting parties at discos and pubs. This city is so lively and flamboyant that you would find numerous options to enjoy your nightlife before it gets dawn.
People have known Milan as a city of fashion and business lately, but now it has emerged as the young and cosmopolitan city with the best nightlife in Italy. Not just that, you will be amazed to see the architectural design of the older parts of the city. It offers entertainment package for people with all ages and preferences. Like if you just want to have drinks with your friends or you wish to enjoy your time dancing until you completely wear off, you are the right place. It is satisfying be it any day of the week, you will find what you need.
Make your stay in Milan comfortable and safe
Milan is a home for many fashion and commercial industries but traveling within the city can pose few problems. It’s everyone concern to ensure that their trip is safe and stress free.
Travelling to Milan is prominent during summer season and this is the time when the city becomes the city of mosquitos. You need to make sure that you have mosquito repellant or protection to keep them away. Mosquitos are in huge number near the canal area. If you are visiting church, cover your shoulders and knees to follow their tradition. You might be denied entry into the Duomo area if you don’t.
While travelling in public transport, you need to be careful. If you are taking a train to other cities or local, validate your ticket. You might be penalized heavily If you don’t carry a valid ticket.
Know the safer areas in the city
Overall, Milan is a very safe city but there are few areas which could be bothersome. Areas like main exit of Central Station and Piazza Duca D’Aosta are places where you find cases of pick pocketing. It is advisable to avoid visiting these places at night. There is a place called Arc of Peace which allures a lot of crowd and it is known for illegal activities such as drug usage. One needs to be cautious even during day time in these areas. In the Duomo area, there are cases where men will place a leather bracelet at your hand and seek money from you. You can simply say No and they will leave. Also, make sure you don’t buy city guides from Hawkers as such guides are mostly inaccurate.
Nightlife of Milan
L’aperitif (translates to Happy hour, between 1800 and 1900) is the time when the nightlife starts unveiling and it continues till late night with bars, pubs, clubs at your disposal. The bars and clubs in Milan are mostly open 7 days a week, but the best time is from Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesday is heaven for students as they can get special discounts by showing their ID cards, hence this day is called tuition evenings.
If you are in discos, usually a drink would cost you between 7 to 10 euros, but you will get a free drink with entry ticket. You will be handed a cad while you enter and you can pay for the drinks you had when you exit. It is important that you take care of the card else you might have to pay a penalty. There are clubs in Milan that offers you an aperitif, so make sure you know that well.
If you are looking to experience nightlife at an affordable price, you can visit social centers which offer live concerts, music and dance at much lower cost. To give it a good start to your evening, you can pay a visit to Teatro alla Scala for a cultural evening.
The aperitif Tradition (Happy Hours)
It is a Milanese tradition observed in most bars in the city. You can find it every day starting around 18:00 when people meet their friends or colleagues from office for a drink or an aperitif. Generally, aperitif would cost you around 8 euros.
The aperitif buffet
Buffet is another option to choose from as it includes drinks and food dishes. You can have a drink (ranging from cocktails to beer or even soft drinks) and have hot dishes such as pasta, pizza served to you. It is the most suitable option if you are tight on your budget. You can find fantastic aperitif in areas like Corso Como and Corso Sempione. ‘Negroni’ which is a Milanese special drink prepared with Campari, Gin and Vermouth rosso is a definite try along with your aperitif.
The Areas of Milan and nightlife
Every area within Milan has got a different taste and flavor, so let’s look at them one by one
The Isola – New age of entertainment
Situated near the Porta Garibaldi railway station offers the new age entertainment. Isola has bars and pubs catering to the young population (20 to 30 years of age) offering best prices at the happy hour. La Crocodile pub is a must visit if you are in the district. You can order snacks such as bruschettas for 8 euros while you watch football match on TV with your friends.
Garibaldi and Corso Como – Glam at its best
This place is full of cool bars and boasts of having few of the popular nightclubs in the city. These clubs are frequented by TV stars, celebs, footballers and models every now and then. For happy hours, this place is heaven as it has Pitbull Cafè, 10CorsoComo, Loolapaloosa and the Fiat Executive Lounge.
Clubs and bars that you must visit
- The Hollywood – This club is considered to be the most famous disco club in the city and it is rated high in enjoying the glitzy nightlife.
- The Tocqueville 13 – This disco club is second only to The Hollywood but it makes it’s way to the top with riveting parties happening from Thursday to Sunday.
- Caffetteria Degli Atellani –If you are an avid reader and a bookworm, this place is for you. You can enjoy the cafè along with the bookshop.
If you are a party lover, don’t hesitate to pay few more euros to spend your whole night in this area.
Corso Sempione – Exclusive clubs and bars
This place is a stylish and an exclusive district for nightclubs in Milan. Again, considered as one of the best destinations for a late evening happy hour for the young crowd. After work, the Milanese spend their time in the trendy bars and clubs. There are clubs and bars which provide you with outdoor seating arrangement with spontaneous music. Roïalto (suggested for a brunch) and the Serendepico (visit this for a soothing ambience and great food) are visited by young crowd
2 must go places
- Old Fashion club – This club is rated as the most popular destination in Corso Sempione district. You would find a new taste of DJ and live bands every other night
- Il Gattopardo café – A church turned disco bar is often used for filming advertisements, fashion shoots or TV series. You can visit it to have a pleasant evening with great buffet and cocktails
The Navigli – For all ages
In the last few years, this district has gained a lot of popularity pertaining to its flashy nightlife. This is a starting point for most of the Milanese to have a wonderful nightlife. The wide range of bars, pubs and clubs, in this area to opt for, make this place a must go. You would find its canals filled with cafes and ancient shops. This place gets real busy as the sun sets. You would see young and vibrant crowd flocking in to bars, discos and pubs here.
Sacrestia and the Seven are amongst the popular small pubs and restaurants which you can have in your list. Along the canals, you can find great ancient trattorias and inns offering home cooked food besides the finest local nearby. This place welcomes people of all age groups.
Here are the 3 places to visit
- Sadler – A very good place to celebrate moments of your life such as birthdays, anniversaries. They serve a creative menu for the people and is known for its friendly staff and great service. Chef Sadler has earned two Michelin stars for his cooking.
- Le Scimmie – It is a two house in pack of one. One room has got a cool bar and a stage where you would find live music almost all nights in a week. Second room is actually a restaurant which serves scrumptious meals
- Mas – This place is designed in a Spanish style and it is quite popular for its “aperitivi.”
The areas of San Lorenzo and Porta Ticinese
You would find young people sitting on the floor with drinks and chatting with their friends all night. However, there are bars spread across this area, La Hora Feliz (Bar serving drinks in a Cuban style) and Le Biciclette (bicycle shop turned bar and restaurant) are worth mentioning here. You can get affordable drinks around the San Lorenzo area at Porta Ticinese.
Porta Romana – Historic Neighborhood
Porta Romana is famed as one of the historic areas of Milan as you would find buildings dated back to 19th century. Frequented by high society of Milanese, you will mostly see music lovers, aged between 30 and 40, who wish to go to pubs and breweries. La Strada and Pogue Mahone’s Irish Pub are worth visiting in Porta Romana. New restaurants and bars have come up in the recent past
2 most visited places in Porta Romana
- La Salumeria della Musica – It is typically a dance club offering music from rock, jazz and pop
- Giulio Pane e Ojo – Looking for a roman cuisine with relaxing ambience. This is the right place
Citta Studi Neighborhood
It is situated in the east side of Milan and boasts of having exceptional pubs and trendy bars. If you love beer, it is advisable to visit Lambrate district, it has got famous names such as the Brasserie, Bruxelles, and theUnion Club. There is an Irish pub frequented by students called Matricola Irish Pub
This area is particularly famous during summers as it has open air discos such as The Beach, the Papaya, the Magnolia and Le Jardin. We would suggest read the reviews of these clubs before visiting them if you are confused which one to go for.
Brera – a Bohémien Grace
This pleasant district is the right place to spend a sophisticated and trendy night out with your friends and partner. You would find artists, actors and writers visiting this district quite often. The prices/tickets of bars here are a bit on the higher side compared to the other districts as high society Milanese pays their visit here.
The O’Connell is an Irish pub offering array of beers. There are the Bar Brera and Art Café are good for happy hour as you can grab a beer at a much lower cost. You can choose to go for eating out in any of the cozy restaurants here and then take a walk to see antique stalls and intriguing artists
3 must visit places in Brera
- La Tartina – A cool wine bar offering a wide variety of wines, dishes and salads. A perfect place for aperitif or dinner with your friends
- Break Time – It is quite famous amongst the tourists for enjoying their meal along with watching streets
- Bulgari Hotel Bar – Nice place to have a drink with small scrumptious dishes. You can try their exclusive cocktails invented by the bar’s bartenders
Piazza Duomo – A perfect match of art and grace
Being a top notch spot for tourists and locals in the day time, it is equally lively at night. If you are intimidated with blaring and muddled nightlife in the clubs and bars and you are looking for a place to enjoy art and soothing music, this place is for you. It has array of graceful and relaxing cafes which are open till late night. Live music performances and events would be conducted throughout the year.
3 noted bars and clubs for you
Martini Bar Dolce&Gabbana – This bar was opened in collaboration between Martini and Dolce & Gabbana. You would love its aperitivo and delicious dinner inspired from Sicilian tradition.
Le Banque – It was basically a bank which got converted into a club. It features a mix of restaurant, bar and dance floors.
Trussardi alla Scala – It is an elite 2 start Michelin restaurant and can be located in the Trussardi fashion house
Ready to experience Milan’s nightlife
The city offers the liveliest and stimulating nightlife experience. It has everything for everyone – suits the preferences and affordability of various groups. You can get to dance in the best dance clubs for 10 Euros including free drinks. You can even get aperitif for the same price without compromising on the quality and taste. So, if you are on a tight budget, Milan will never disappoint you. Not just that you can have the best night of your life with your friends and create an everlasting memory.