Florence Nightlife

The city’s well-heeled foreign students, who come to study Italian and art history, fuel the nightlife in Florence. Old World meets New World, as gangs of silver-tongued Romeos gather to admire leggy American blondes.

The city boasts flexible licensing hours - some pubs stay open until 0100 or even 0300. The most bohemian area is the Oltrarno, south of the river. Elsewhere, nightlife is concentrated around Piazza della Signoria, home of more sedate venues. The city’s main nightclubs close in the summer and head to the beach instead, but summer-only clubs spring up in their place.

It seems that Florence could never lose her reputation as a city of culture. Visitors should keep an eye open for one-off recitations played in churches and piazzas around the city. The entertainment publication Firenze Spettacolo (www.firenzespettacolo.it) provides listings on entertainment in the city. Box Office Toscana (Tel: +39 55 210804; www.boxofficetoscana.it) sells most other tickets.

Bars in Florence

Casa del Vino

Casa del Vino is situated close to the central market and is a classic old-style enoteca (wine bar), all polished wood and Chianti tipples. Choose from a selection of panini or get a plate of snacks to allow you to try more than one glass of excellent plonk.

Via del Ariento 16R, Florence, 50123, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 215 609.
Le Volpi and L' Uve

For a glimpse of an authentic Italian watering hole, wend your way to Le Volpi and L'Uve to sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. The owners, Riccardo and Emilio, can recommend plates of salami or cheese to accompany your selection, and there's a pretty terrace too.

Piazza de'Rossi 1, Florence, 50125, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 239 8132.

The eponymous bar that invented the Negroni cocktail (gin, Campari and red Martini) back in the 1920s still attracts an up-for-it 30-something crowd. Its sleek, contemporary interior adds a dash of sophistication to Florence’s nightlife. Their aperitivo of global food, called aperimundo, pulls in the locals in the early evening.

Via dei Renai 17r, Florence, 50125, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 243 647.

Clubs in Florence

Flò Firenze

This hugely popular club is located right next to Piazzale Michelangelo in the Florentine hills. The prime spot here is on the terraces where ravers can look down over the city skyline. Arrive early for the aperitivo buffet (drinks and snacks) and to secure a table as it fills up quickly once the dancing commences. Summer only.

Viale Michelangelo 82, Florence, 50125, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 650 791.
Space Electronic

Located in the Santa Maria Novella district, this is a large, rowdy club. Spread over two floors, they often have different tunes pumping out of each level. So if you hear house music challenging the speakers upstairs, expect R&B and hip hop downstairs.

Via Palazzuolo 37, Florence, 50123, Italy
Telephone: + 39 55 293 082.

This spot in the Peretola district is one of the best places to cut shapes in Florence. It’s a fashionable house club, split over two levels, that’s popular among the locals. It attracts a youthful but varied crowd who come for the first-rate DJs and great sound system, but it’s only open from October until May.

Via Pratese, Peretola district, Florence, 50145, Italy
Telephone: +39 335 523 5922.

Live Music in Florence

Girasol Latin Bar

In true Italian fashion this is a restaurant, pizzeria and cocktail bar all in one. The red-hued Girasol Latin Bar, near the Fortezza has live music most nights of the week. Sunday to Thursday is Latin, Brazilian or Cuban, while Saturday and Sunday is varied. Concerts are free - just pay for your food.

Via del Romito 1, Florence, 50134, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 474 948.
Jazz Club

You can hear live music five days a week (Tuesday through to Saturday) in this characterful basement club. Despite the name, it’s not always jazz,with Brazilian, Cuban, blues and rock bands testing the speakers too. Visitors must pay a nominal fee to become a member on their first visit, but it includes a free drink.

Via Nuova de' Caccini 3, Florence, 50100, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 247 9700.
La Dolce Vita

South of the river, long-time favourite La Dolce Vita retains its chic crown and is popular with students at happy hour, who spill out onto the piazza. The artworks on the walls change every two to three weeks. Live music every Weds and Thurs from 1930-2130.

Piazza del Carmine, Florence, 501, Italy
Telephone: +39 55 284 595.