The Best Bars In Corso Magenta, Italy

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Sophia Karner

Corso Magenta, one of Milan’s most popular streets, and the area surrounding it offer a wide range of bars that are active in both the typically Italian aperitivo scene as well as after-hours drinks. Uniquely decorated interiors, creative drinks, fantastic live music and other special events make the nightlife in Corso Magenta as diverse as it gets. Here is our guide to the best bars in town.
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Boccascena Café

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Opened in 2003, Boccascena Café is both an elegant and comfortable lunch and aperitivo bar in Teatro Litta, one of Milan’s most antique theaters. The bar has three bright and spacious rooms with artistic interiors and a charming courtyard where guests can enjoy a drink during the summer months. Boccascena Café is a cultural meeting place, where art is omnipresent with both Teatro Litta’s fantastic performances and the artistic design of the bar.

Bar Magenta

Bar Magenta, first opened in 1907, is one of the most traditional bars in Corso Magenta and it is said to be the place where the Milanese aperitivo scene started. The popular bar is best visited during aperitivo hour, where the atmosphere is at its liveliest, snacks are provided and drinks are usually available at a slightly reduced price. The sangria at Bar Magenta is excellent, however, the bar is mostly known for its wide range of international and local beers. Bar Magenta should definitely be included in every first-time visitor’s agenda in Milan.

Dito Divino


A quiet place right in the heart of Milan, Dito Divino offers great service, fantastic wines, trendy cocktails and tasty snacks at affordable prices to its guests. A wide variety of high-quality international and Italian wines can be found in the restaurant’s very own wine cellar and the competent staff are always happy to assist in choosing the right wine. Dito Divino is the perfect place for a nice evening amongst friends on weekdays with its elegant atmosphere and great aperitivo offers. Although very central in its location, Dito Divino manages to preserve its local clientele, which makes the ideal place to mingle with the Milanese residents and explore the city’s culture and traditions.


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Deseo, which can be found right outside Parco Sempione, just a few steps away from famous Arco della Pace, is known as both a relaxed lounge bar, for after-hours drinks, and a high-quality restaurant. The restaurant’s menu is outstandingly creative, diverse and tailored to its highly international clientele. Its signature drinks are the Affligem beers in blonde, double and triple that stand for mastered brewing techniques and a refined drinking experience. The classic range of cocktails as well as the stylish interior and trendy music make for a successful evening in a great location.

Bar Bianco

Bar Bianco, right in the center of Milan’s Parco Sempione, is largely popular as it’s a great spot for an aperitivo and for relaxed drinks after-hours. Happy hour, which is daily from 6pm to 10pm, not only offers a traditional Milanese aperitivo but also regularly features special cocktails and themed snacks from all over the world. This delicious culinary experience is complemented by appealing background music and attentive service. If you book in advance, you will be able to sit outside on the terrace or the patio and enjoy the sunset over the beautiful natural scenery of Parco Sempione.

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