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Aperitif in Milan

Aperitives in Milan the native city of the aperitivo

Milan is the native city of the Aperitivo which means you have a cocktail at the happy hour (special price) and you can eat for free as much as you like.
See Bars and Cafés.

Clubbing starts at about 11.00 pm to midnight, running to about 4 am. Before going to party, the happy hour aperitives is a cheap start of the evening, starting at about 18.00. The typical aperitivo consists of an alchoholic drink, for example "Negroni" accompanied by modest snacks such as potato chips and olives.

Nowadays the aperitivo scene has become an evening meeting for people of all ages, that's why some locals continue offer sandwhiches and other snacks, but the greater part of them offer different kind of dishes such as pasta, risotto, salads, and even exotic food. In this way the aperitivo is an alternative to dinner at the price of a cocktail (from 5 to 10 Euro), with a nice atmosphere and music. However if you are late for the aperitivo go to restaurants! All public venues are now entirely non-smoking, unless there are specially-equipped and suitably isolated parts of the interior.

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Would you like to enjoy the typical aperitivo in some of the most famous bars and cafés? Have a look here!

Bar Magenta

Address: Via Carducci 13
Metro Porta Romana. It is a very nice bar where the aperitivo is a must, you can appreciate the fantastic scene.


Address:cnr Via Ripamonti 13/ Via Vannucci
Metro Porta Romana. It is always very crowded and it offers aperitves buffet.

G- Lounge

Address:Via Larga 8
Metro Duomo. It offers Brazilian cocktails for an exotic aperitivo.


Address:Largo La Foppa 5
Metro Moscova. It is a cool bar, look at the 12 windows!!

Caffé Verdi

Address:Via Giuseppe Verdi
Metro Cordusio or Duomo. It is near La Scala Theatre, so if you are lucky you can meet a famous composer! You can go there at lunchtime too because it serves "pasta" and "secondi".

Good Fellas

Address:Via Cusani 4
Metro Cairoli or Lanza. Small bar but good aperitives and excellent for a coffee break.


Address:Corso Garibaldi
Metro Moscova. It is famous for its brunches especially for the "cotoletta alla milanese" but also for coffee break and aperitivo.

Bar Jamaica

Address:Via Brera 32
Metro Lanza or Montenapoleone. It is also a "gelateria", ice cream shop.

Art Deco Café

Address: Via Lambro 7
Metro Porta Venezia. Very fashion and cool local.<

Caffé della Pusterla

Address:Via de Amicis 24
Metro Sant'Ambrogio. Always crowded with families and young people, especially for the happy hour from 6 to pm.


Address:Corso Magenta 87
Metro Conciliazione. This is an historic café very comfortable, the right place to relax yourself.

Notice that in Milan there are many and many others Bars and Cafés, so we offer you only a short view.



The recipe of a famous aperitivo: "Negroni"

INGREDIENTS: 1 oz Gin; 1 oz Campari; 3/4 Sweet Vermouth

Put all the ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a burnt orange. To make a burnt orange, cut the orange peel and holding it between your thumb and index fingers squeeze the peel quickly and firmly between your fingers. In this way a flame will come from the oils released by the peel, and it will add a note of orange to the cocktail.

"Negroni" is a pre-dinner cocktail to stimulate the appetite for dinner. It was invented in the 1900s and its name comes from Camillo Negroni who always ordered the same drink in Florence.

The best area for nightlife in Milan are the Navigli canal district, Porta Romana, Corso Porta Ticinese and Brera district.

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