10 Corso Como Café, with its slightly oriental slant to decorations, is one of the hottest bars in Milan. Its innovative use of design means it will appeal to those who like to drink in quirky watering holes. Expect pages of cocktails, a bit of a shop thrown in, part cafe and boutique. In the evenings, it really comes into its own.
Young, cosmopolitan Milan has a vibrant, lively nightlife and cultural scene. Most bars and restaurants serve aperitivo (a buffet of antipasti, free with drinks) between 1800 and 2100, which is a Milanese institution. They stay open until late (0100), after which the energetic move on to the nightclubs (discoteca), which stay open till 0400 (most shut Mondays). Milan's cultural scene boasts excellent music and theatre performances all year round. Top venues include the prestigious, world-famous La Scala and Piccolo Teatro.
Entertainment and cultural listings in Milan can be found in the weekly Corriere della Sera (http://milano.corriere.it), the free monthly Milano Mese (available from the tourist office and hotels) and the free English-language HelloMilano (www.hellomilano.it) (available from hotels, bars and the Duomo tourist office). Tickets are available from Ticketone (tel: 892 101; www.ticketone.it).