We compare what's there to find the best deals for you.
Please enter a valid email address
You're now signed up. Great deals will soon be delivered to your inbox.
Language: Italian | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: CEST | Avg. Flight time: 1.45 hrs
Aperitivo anchor any nights out in Milan. For quieter areas or the centro storico, an unassuming glass of plonk and some nuts are the norm; over in the livelier Garibaldi and Navigli districts, expect killer cocktails and funkier food.
There are some institutions. Found out east in Milan’s university-focussed Città Studi quartiere, Bar Basso (Via Plinio 39) is said to have accidentally invented the Negroni Sbagliato – which replaces the gin with prosecco. More central, the Campari-owned Il Camparino (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II) has barely changed since Verdi drank here in the 1890s.
For Milan’s widest range of drinking options, head to Porta Ticinese and follow the Navigli’s canals southwards. Bars along the towpaths and inside narrowboats stay open until late.
Not much beats a sunset view in this ancient city.
A photo-worthy night out in Milan can be had atop the rooftop restaurant at department store La Rinascente (Piazza del Duomo), which faces the Duomo’s own rooftop.
For a Soho House vibe, try Ceresio 7 (Via Ceresio 7) up in busy Porta Garibaldi – it crowns the fashion label Dsquared2’s emporium and includes a cocktail lounge and two pools.
Luxury hotel bars are another staple of evening entertainment in Milan; the best boast leafy summer courtyards. One is the Sheraton Diana Majestic’s h club>diana (Viale Piave 42), whose pretty foliage could give Kew Gardens a run for its money.
The best of Milan nightlife can be found in some of its abandoned industrial spaces.
The most legendary are techno temple Tunnel (Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 30), behind Milano Centrale station, and former warehouse Magazzini Generali (Via Pietrasanta 16), to the south.
Some Milan nightlife venues are both concert hall and club. Both the Kaiser Chiefs and Paul van Dyk have performed at easterly Fabrique (Via Gaudenzio Fantoli 9), while pop-playing Gattopardo (Via Piero della Francesca 47) is a deconsecrated church in northwest Milan with gigs and DJs.
The other pillar of entertainment in Milan is La Scala (Via Filodrammatici 2). Open since 1778, the storied opera house has premiered works by luminaries such as Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. Tickets are available six months in advance and the museum features an extensive collection of costumes and musical instruments, including a piano that once belonged to Liszt.
Be sure to eat out before you enjoy the city’s nightlife. For inspiration, see our page dedicated to dining in Milan.