is the largest city in Sicily and is regarded both as an important cultural site and one of the hubs of Italian nightlife. After a day spent sunbathing on the beach, head for these 10 swish, stylish, lively and downright fun spots in the city for an unforgettable night out.
La Champagneria del Massimo
Located near one of the best-known cultural sites in Palermo, Teatro Massimo, La Champagneria is a refined place where customers can enjoy the very best selection of champagnes with remarkable food that goes beyond the everyday. With its central, convenient location, this is the ideal place for an elegant evening spent sipping divine nectars and tasting only the very best the sea has to offer. Alternatively, a selection of the finest beers and spirits is available, possibly accompanied by chocolate or other sorts of finger food and treats.
Address: via Salvatore Spinuzza 59, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 335730
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
With characteristic brick archways forming its high ceiling, Kursaal Kalhesa offers a wonderful setting for a relaxed evening in a bar and library near the coast of Palermo. Whether customers want to dine or just have a drink, Kursaal Kalhesa, with its exotic name, has got them covered. With a good selection of local as well as national wines and a varied menu covering several Italian specialities, this bar will become a memorable stop-over during any tourist’s holiday.
Address: Foro Umberto I 21/A, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 6165151
Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
PaLab is a place where music and local qualities merge allowing customers to enjoy an atmosphere that is hard to match. Entry is possible via payment of their card (currently 3 euros) which makes every customer an annual member, encouraging them to come back for more visits and entertainments. PaLab offers a bar, restaurant and pizzeria alongside the ‘TATA service’, which allows parents to sit back and relax whilst their children are in sight, cared for by the staff. There is usually live music of local and national calibre, which engenders good vibes for a memorable evening.
Address: piazzetta del Fondaco, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 6515527
Il Gatto Nero
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Il Gatto Nero
Il Gatto Nero is one of the best-known bars and discos in central Palermo. With an offer varying throughout the week, this place has a diverse clientèle and calendar of events, from Erasmus nightlife gigs to LGBQT nights, from DJs to themed parties. Alongside special events, Il Gatto Nero is also a meeting point for both wine-tasters and music-lovers, their ‘Wine & Music Bar’ really is something to keep an eye out for.
Address: via Rua Formaggi 15, Palermo, Italy, +39 340 3452222
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Walking through the streets in the heart of Palermo, tourists are bound to discover bars like Qvivi spilling onto the pavements. Besides being indicative of the popularity of the area, the number of people thronging the street outside this bar is also a sign of the quality of the service and of what’s on offer. Located in one of the most beloved piazzas in Palermo, piazza Rivoluzione, Qvivi bursts with a youthful energy that’s hard to match.
Address: piazza Rivoluzione 5, Palermo, Italy, +39 329 6273392
Besides being a meeting point for tourists and locals alike, this place is a must-try for culture vultures: alongside live music with local as well as international artists, I Candelai regularly hosts theatrical activities, disco nights, Argentinian tango lessons and performances, film screenings, conferences, and other sorts of happenings. Just have a look at their schedule and see what takes your fancy.
Address: via dei Candelai 65, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 327151
Luppolo l'Ottavo Nano
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Luppolo l’Ottavo Nano
“We all need to believe in something. I believe I’ll have a beer.” With this motto, this pub will convince every beer-lover in Palermo that Luppolo l’Ottavo Nano merits at least one visit. The name is a pun too, as ‘luppolo’ is the Italian for ‘hop’, one of the ingredients of beer, but it also rhymes with most of the seven dwarfs in the famous fairytale; at least, it does in Italian! Open since 2007, Luppolo is one of the best beer bars in town.
Address: via Manin 36, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 6123877
Located in piazza della Rivoluzione, Cavù is another one of the local hubs of nightlife. It offers a wide and good-quality selection of cocktails with nibbles, as well as a buffet for those who have an appetite. The staff are cordial and accommodating, the atmosphere is perfect for an aperitivo or for post-dinner drinks, with music accompanying conversation rather than smothering it.
Address: piazza della Rivoluzione, Palermo, Italy, +39 327 9078782
Lord Green is not just the perfect place for a relaxed aperitivo or wonderful post-dinner drinks, it also boasts a great buffet with all sorts of finger food and quiches, as well as a refined a la carte menu for the really hungry. The platters with cold meat and cheese to share are particularly delicious and enjoyable.
Address: via Enrico Parisi 30, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 6110194
BuoniVini, as the name suggests, has a wide selection of good-quality wines and features a nice outdoor space where customers can sit and have an aperitivo or simply a platter of finger food whilst enjoying their wine. The atmosphere is cozy and laid-back, with simple but at the same time refined decor, set against the elaborate architecture and palaces of old Palermo.
Address: via Dante Alighieri 8, Palermo, Italy, +39 091 7847054