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 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).
Bars in Milan
10 Corso Como Café
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.Address: , Corso Como 10, Milan, 20154
Telephone: +39 02 2901 3581.
With exposed wood board, an assorted accumulation of mismatched chairs, and fairy lights wrapped around hanging bikes, Le Biciclette is a chilled, ultra-chic café-cum-bar. It’s hard to tell what’s more fabled, its aperitivo or its selection of spirits, but one thing is sure: its Sunday morning brunch sorts out any fuzzy heads it creates on a Saturday.Address: , Via Giovanni Battista Torti 2, Milan, 20123
Telephone: +39 02 5810 4325.
Inspired by the 1950s, this lounge bar on the 12th floor of the Brian and Barry building (a concept store with a range of fashion labels and a couple of restaurants run by Eataly) serves 12 unique cocktails. A place to impress, it boasts a stunning 360-degree view of Milan’s skyline.Address: , Via Durini 28, Milan, 20122
Telephone: +39 02 9285 3651.
Clubs in Milan
Straddling the sphere between nightclub and live music centre, this vast industrial space is one of Milan’s cherished musical enterprises. While international acts like Liam Gallagher, Macklemore and Mika play live, Fabrique really comes into its own with late night rave-ups fronted by the likes of Paul van Dyk and Sven Vath.Address: , Via Gaudenzio Fantoli 9, Milan, 20138
Telephone: +39 02 5801 8197.
Il Gattopardo Café Disco
Il Gattopardo Café Disco, in a deconsecrated church in the upwardly mobile northwest of Milan, is a beautiful people haunt. The bouncers are discerning, so dress to impress if you want to get in. Music is usually mainstream pop with occasional live performances, and if you arrive early enough they do a happy hour aperitivo.Address: , Via Piero della Francesca, 47, Milan, 20154
Telephone: +39 02 3453 7699.
Milan’s foremost techno venue can be found below Milano Central station’s rails. Big-name techno DJs regularly fly into town to all but obliterate this intimate sweatbox. With their electronic DJ-sets, niche live music shows, indie-rock, and hip-hop concerts, the Tunnel has everything you could ever want.Address: , Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini, 30, Milan, 20125
Telephone: +39 33 9403 2702
Live music in Milan
This huge events space hosts fashion shows, parties and club nights as well as a lively programme of live music that swings from big names to cover bands. If you are feeling nostalgic, their popular Welcome to the Jungle club night blasts out music from the 1980s and 90s.Address: , Via Valtellina 25, Milan, 20159
Telephone: +39 02 6901 6352.
Blue Note is the place for live jazz in Milan. It has an international pedigree and draws artists from around the globe. It even offers refined Italian cuisine, which can be enjoyed during performances.Address: , Via Pietro Borsieri, 37, Milan, 20159
Telephone: +39 02 6901 6888.
Le Trottoir alla Darsena
Housed in an old building near the Porta Ticinese, this Milanese institution hosts a slew of funk, soul, rock and reggae acts. It offers live music at the weekends and on the occasional weekday too, while its terrace allows visitors to spill outside on balmy evenings.Address: , Piazza XXIV Maggio 1, Milan, 20122
Telephone: +39 02 837 8166.