It’s difficult to tell whether you’re outdoors or in at Milan’s hottest bar. Comprehensively influenced by the East, with Shōji screens and slick leather furniture, plants crop up everywhere as natural light beams through its windows. Head to the terrace early, cocktail bible in hand, as this place comes alive after sunset.
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. The recently redeveloped Navigli district has a vibrant nightlife scene alongside the atmospheric canal.
English language entertainment and cultural listings can be found in Where Milan (www.wheremilan.com), a free magazine found in most hotel rooms. The free English-language HelloMilano (www.hellomilano.it) has a calendar of entertainment and events and is available from hotels, bars and the Duomo tourist office. Event tickets are available from Ticketone (www.ticketone.it).