The 10 Best Bars in Cagliari, Sardinia

agliari by Night©CristianoCani:Flickr
agliari by Night©CristianoCani:Flickr
Photo of Gillian McGuire
28 April 2017

Cagliari is a hip city with a cosmopolitan vibe. The city’s residents take the aperitvo hour pretty seriously and flock to the Bastione San Remy to watch the sun sink into the ocean horizon. where there is a concentration of cafés and bars. Another great part of town to check out for a drink is near the university in Cagliari’s historic center.

Cafe Etnico

Bar, Mediterranean, Coffee, $$$
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This is a lively and friendly spot with a young energy near the Monte Mixi is a bit off the usual tourist track. Decorated in a ethnic-chic style, the drinks here are excellently mixed and the play list is well curated.

Caffè degli Spiriti

Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Come here for the views, live music and hammocks to lounge in while you sip your wine. On summer evenings, the large terrace is full of a mix of locals and tourists making the most out of the last light of the day.

Caffè de Candia

Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Italian, Beer, Coffee, $$$
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Enjoy the chill vibe and have an Aperol spritz at this well priced cafe with a killer location on top of the city’s defensive walls. For music lovers, at the weekend there is often live music or a DJ set in the evenings.

Libarium Nostrum

Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Italian, Coffee, Beer, $$$
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The immense terrace with views of the 14th century towers that once guarded the city and out over the sea, is dotted with gazebos and couches. There is a mix of both live music and DJ sets that adds to the atmosphere. Try the house drink created by the owner Danilo Argiolas with the fetching name Alligator, a mix of Drambuie and Calvados but beware, it has a bite!

Hop Corner

Bar, Pub Grub, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
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If you are looking for something other than a glass of Cannanou, Hop Corner has the fix on the craft beer trend. With Italian offerings as well as a few European and American imports, there is plenty to choose, from Saison to IPA to ales. This is also a great spot to have a burger to accompany that beer.

Al Merlo Parlante

Bar, Pub Grub, Beer, $$$
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This well known spot in Stampace neighborhood near the University of Caglari always has a dozen beers on tap and over 100 bottled beers. An Italian version of a dive bar, the wood paneling and tables create a cozy feel. Their paninis are legendary. Some people come just for that.

Emmerson Cagliari

Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean, Italian, Coffee
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For some, lounging with your feet in the sand at The Emmerson at Poetta Beach is the most stylish. Come here for a pre-dinner drink and watch the sun set and the moon rise above the sea or a post dinner nightcap when the music is turned up and the bar is open late.


Sandwich Shop, Italian, Beer, $$$
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Craft beers and well mixed cocktails with small batch spirits in a modern space are what Muzak is all about. Live music is another passion. Not wedded to a single genre you could catch a set ranging from jazz to electronica to folk. Check Muzak’s Facebook page to see who is scheduled to perform.

B Flat Jazz Club

Bar, Italian, Coffee, $$$
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Every Thursday to Sunday night at the B Flat Jazz Club, you can experience live music in this elegant club with amazing acoustics. Located in the Quartiere del Sole, it is primarily jazz acts that are booked, but check the venue events page to see if it’s bossanova, piano or pop covers on the night you visit.

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