Best Hangouts and Bars In Italy
Updated: Jul 21
Without Italian ingredients such as vermouth, bitters and liqueurs, it would be impossible to make a large list of classic cocktails. So naturally experiencing great drinks in historic bars is a part of Italy’s culture.
Although historically the most famous bars are found in Milan and Torino, the last few years has seen a boom in quality cocktails bars in the south of Italy.
To help you find the highest quality cocktails, we have come up with the definitive must-visit list of bars in Italy. Each bar on this list offers not only delicious cocktails, but also an inspiring conversation and inviting ambience.
BELLA VISTA PIZZERIA & COCKTAIL BAR, MATERA
Via Madonna delle Virtu'11
Named after its spectacular view, this bar cum pizzeria is a must when visiting the historical city of Matera in Southern Italy. One of the coolest cocktail bars in Italy, you can sip and enjoy their specialty cocktails that are meant to enhance the flavour of each bite of food. You can enjoy drinks outside the cave-pizzeria on the lounge terrace with your cocktail and truly experience beautiful Matera.
The head mixologist Eliseo Gravina is a connoisseur of all things Gin, so naturally one of the Gin based cocktails is the way to go! Other than exquisite cocktails the bar also offers Nobel Wines and curated bottles of bubbly for the enhanced palettes.
One of the most popular bars in all of south Italy.
PIANO 35 LOUNGE BAR, TORINO
Corso Inghilterra, 3
Piano 35 is the baby of Mirko Turconi located on the 35th floor of the Intesa San Paolo skyscraper. On a nice day, this lounge bar offers stunning vistas of the city. Known to be one of the best bartenders in Italy, Mirko himself can be found often behind the bar.
If you visit Piano 35 you must try the Smoked Flower, filled with a Scotch whisky mix, Vermouth Dopo Teatro Cocchi, Sherry Pedro Ximenez, flower liqueur, Bittermens Burlesque bitters, and a tobacco smoked cherry.
This savory cocktail will keep you begging for more.
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MANDARIN BAR & BISTROT, MILANO
Via Andegari, 9
The Mandarin Oriental Milano has one of the sexiest hotel bars in the world- all black and marble. This bar offers one of the best cocktail lists around, thanks to head mixologist Teo Rizzolo.
One of the most interesting drinks on the menu is the Campari Lassi which is filled with Campari bitters, goats milk, Panizzi yogurt and Cardamom. What is Lassi , you ask? Lassi is an Indian yogurt-based drink, enjoyed by millons.
Another star on the menu is the Laverstoke Mill Martini, presented in a beautiful custom designed glass with Star of Bombay gin, Noilly Prat vermouth infused with Bergamot and tonka bean.
One of our favourite spots in all of Milan!
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Piazza Santo Spirito
Rasputin is a mysterious-looking speakeasy, among the ancient streets of the Oltrarno, in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Italy, where you can drink under a brick cross vault.
Here they reinterpret great classical cocktails with a historical twist.
A must visit when next in Florence.
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JERRY THOMAS SPEAKEASY, ROMA
Vicolo Cellini, 30
Let it be known that Jerry Thomas is Italy’s only bar on the coveted World’s 50 Best Bars list.
This is the sexiest cocktail bar in Italy. From the moment step in the mysterious but intimidating bar, the ambiance will blow you away with its beauty and charm. From the wallpaper to the couches, bar, bathroom, even the waitresses – everything here is eye candy.
There are absolute stellar drinks on the menu, but should you choose to you can opt to venture off menu for concoctions tailor made for your palate by the talented bar team.
Credits: The Worlds 50 Best. com