In the heart of the student quarter, you can’t help but be drawn to Le Stanze. Its high ceilings and 17th-century frescoes make this former chapel a completely unique watering hole. Arrive early for a delicious aperitivo buffet that’s just an extra euro on top of the price of your drink.
The vibrant student community of Bologna fuels a lively nightlife scene that can be every bit as radical as the city's politics. There are plenty of nightclubs, discos and live music venues, with a smattering that remain open until 0400. Good areas for nightlife are the student quarter (via Zamboni hosts various low budget restaurants and pubs), the streets around the main square and Via del Pratello, which has long been a meeting place for night owls.
Bologna Web Night (www.bolognawebnight.it) offer English listings of nightlife, restaurants, sports and other events, as do listings magazine 2night (www.2night.it) and Bologna Spettacolo, available from newsstands. The periodical A Guest of Bologna is free in most hotels and tourist offices and shares the city’s highlights.