A Guide to Nightlife in Naples, Italy

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21 August 2020

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

Galleria 19

Nightclub, Cocktails
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Wander down this Centro Storico cellar bedecked with retro furniture and lit by industrial lamps to this bustling club that plays host to live music, but is renowned for its mix of exotic electronica, local beats and house anthems. This cosy music venue is a popular city centre haunt, so expect to get quickly acquainted with some of the regulars as they strut their stuff. Recommended by local insider Matt Barker

Spazio Intolab

Nightclub, Italian
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This cutting-edge cultural centre, housed in a former wool factory. is one of the city’s best clubbing venues, with a mix of live events and heaving DJ sets that will have you partying into the wee hours. From electronic to deep house, you’ll find local and international DJs spinning tunes. Its Facebook page provides regular updates on live events, so you never miss out. Recommended by local insider Matt Barker

Piazza Bellini

Architectural Landmark
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The bar-lined Piazza Bellini welcomes a young, hip crowd to enjoy people-watching, lively conversation and refreshing aperitivi while surrounded by the watchful eyes of the fourth-century Greek wall ruins. The east side of the square attracts visitors while the locals tend to gravitate to the west. Enjoy a little bar hopping along the piazza 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 eye gazing. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes

Quartiere Vomero

Architectural Landmark
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Piazza Vanvitelli beckons visitors to the heart of the bourgeois Vomero district, where you’ll find buzzing cafes, bars and restaurants slinging out cappuccinos and creamy gelati to everyone from elegant 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 for architecture fans. Don’t be surprised to find this central area of Napoli bustling with street life late into the night. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes

Pepi Vintage Room

Bar, Cocktails
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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 vintage sunglass-decorated bar is one part dive bar and one part speakeasy. You’ll also find a wide range of beer, wine, sangria and spirits to whet your whistle. If you’re looking 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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