A Guide to Nightlife in Naples, Italy

The views down from the Vomero district frame night-time Naples perfectly
The views down from the Vomero district frame night-time Naples perfectly | © elxeneize / Alamy
Stephanie Andrews

The southern Italian city of Naples has a gritty allure, from its crumbling architecture to underground bars and graffiti-emblazoned buildings. Among the life-stirring piazzas, you’ll find buzzing nightlife. Enjoy everything from a glass of chianti at a cosy wine bar, to aperitivo-crafting, techno-thumping nightclubs. Our local insiders reveal how to enjoy a night on the town, Neapolitan style.

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Piazza Bellini

The bar-lined Piazza Bellini welcomes a young, hip crowd for people-watching, lively conversation and refreshing aperitivi around Ancient Greek ruins. The east side of the square attracts visitors, while locals gravitate to the west. Enjoy a little bar-hopping while rubbing elbows with students and cooling down with a spritz. Just don’t be surprised if you get caught up in some fun, flirtatious gazing. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes

Quartiere Vomero

Piazza Vanvitelli beckons visitors to the heart of the bourgeois Vomero district, where you’ll find buzzing cafes, bars and restaurants slinging cappuccinos and creamy gelati to everyone from stiletto-wearing nonni (grandmas) to stylish teens taking selfies. This fashionable Neapolitan neighbourhood also offers panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri, as well as luscious, art nouveau-style buildings. Expect to find this central area bustling with street life late into the night. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes

Pepi Vintage Room

If you’re looking for an unpretentious, reasonably priced cocktail from expert mixologists, blended with upbeat DJs and live music, then Pepi Vintage Room is for you. This place is one part dive bar and one part speakeasy. You’ll find a wide range of beer, wine, sangria and spirits to whet your whistle. For delicious drinks, friendly bartenders and great deals in the centre of Naples, this casual, local haunt is a must. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes

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