From places serving Campari to craft beer, trendy cocktail bars to English-style pubs, Milan’s bars scene has a little something for everyone. Take a look at the best spots to drink in Lombardy’s capital.
It is a city that oozes class and the famous fashion houses boast their own ultra-chic bars, restaurants, and hotels, whilst the cocktail bars are amongst the best in Europe.
Bulk mixology food bar is a place where guests can relax in a good and beautiful way, enjoy time and watch it pass. At Bulk guests can drink coffee, enjoy lunch or dinner, bite a snack and sip one of the perfectly crafted cocktails at the bar; even here the attentive and careful eye of Giancarlo Morelli can be perceived watching over the excellence and quality of all the ingredients.
Address: Via Aristotile Fioravanti 6, Milan
Phone: +39 02 800 10 910
When the weather cools, the restaurant’s unique interior design, unusual pictures on the walls, colorful chairs, and 1930s-era lamps, provides more than enough visual delight. Head chef Elio Sironi, formerly of the Bulgari Hotel in Milan and a restaurant called Madai in Porto Cervo, reinterprets traditional local cuisine with unusual combinations and ingredients.
Address: Via Ceresio, 7, Milan
Phone: +39 02 31039221
Accurate, ever-changing culinary proposals designed and created with a passion for meticulous first quality ingredients and the extreme care with dish presentation by Executive Chef Gianfranco Semenzato.
A superb selection of oysters, some still unknown in Italy but appreciated by connoisseurs, along with top quality meat like Japanese Kobe Italian-style raw fish or Milan traditional dishes, such as exquisite “Ossobuco” or “Milanese”. Homemade fresh pasta and internationally inspired dishes.
Address: Piazza Cinque Giornate 1, Milan
Phone: +39 0255181969
Classified as the first fusion cocktail bar, Iter will take you every six months to discover countries all over the world. The concept is “From Italy to the World”, which only makes you want to travel, discover and experience the wonder of aromas and flavors of every corner of the world.
Guides of this trip are Nicola Scarnera and Flavio Angiolillo. Every six months they will explore a different country, returning to Milan with a baggage enriched by cultures and flavors that will be discovered through cooking and cocktail list.
Address: Via Mario Fusetti 1, Milan
Phone: +39 02 3599 9589
Quality cocktails paired with creative tapas by the Naviglio Grande, in a restaurant that is almost an extension of the adjoining Pont de Fer restaurant. Drinks with a vintage soul go hand in hand with the care of high-quality saucers. You can have dinner or simply have an aperitif, accompanied by snacks at the table.
A handful of clichés of Milanese clubs. But adopted with grace, taste and common sense. There are the usual living brick walls, the large counter in front of the entrance, the rough wooden tables. A few seats in front of the chef’s worktop.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 55, Milan
Phone: +39 02 84194720
Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the new shop is not unlike a prim pastry itself. Beyond the building’s stone façade, walls are clad in minty marble, floors are lined in chocolate-hued stone, and lighting glows through pristine white ceiling beams. Treats, aperitifs, and candy-color pastry boxes are placed elegantly amid wood-and-glass cases. Unlike its petite predecessor, the new spot has room for customers to linger.
Address: Via Monte Napoleone, 9, Milan
Phone: +39 02 7600 8238
If even in winter you dream of dinners in the garden, Capra and Cavoli is the one for you. Between plants and umbrellas, it seems to be “en plein air” without the risk of drafts. The Barbara Clementina Ferrario restaurant offers a wide and refined proposal of vegetarian and vegan dishes, but not only, accompanied by a wine list with exclusively organic and biodynamic Italian labels. The tasting menu costs 45 euros, drinks not included.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 18, Milan
Phone: +39 02 8706 6093
Fiorario Bianchi Caffé is a neighborhood flower shop, a bistro and a café, where flowers – personally arranged by the owner each day – contribute to creating an enchanted atmosphere. Francesca Mirigliano, who runs Fioraio Bianchi Caffé, talks about the past and present of this space.
Address: Via Montebello, 7, Milan
Phone: +39 02 29014390
The Botanical Club is a restaurant and cocktail bar in two venues. It uses all things naturally edible to realize starter size dishes to share with friends or original cocktails.
The Botanical Club is also the first Italian Small Batch Gin distillery, opened in 2015 in Milan. It offers a wide variety of gin, recommended in a weekly selection.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 11 Milan
Phone: +39 02 36523846