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The 10 Best Bars In Santa Maria Novella, Florence
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The 10 Best Bars In Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Santa Maria Novella is a buzzing neighborhood in Florence’s historic center, with top-notch restaurants, attractions and bars. This area might seem a bit difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, so The Culture Trip has done some fieldwork and and selected the best places to drink in this part of the city.
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Terrazza Brunelleschi

This bar, which is incidentally also one of the best restaurants in the area, is worth a visit just for its magnificent views of Florence. The Duomo and Campanile can be seen perfectly from this terrace, and at sunset the panorama is breathtakingly beautiful. It is open for lunch and for aperitivo, which is a typical Italian way of dining: visitors pay for a drink and get access to a buffet. It is located on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Baglioni, and visitors will enjoy the atmosphere and exceptional service.

Address: Piazza dell’Unità Italiana 6r, Florence, Italy, + 39 055 2358 8560

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Space Electronic

Space Electronic is a great club to go to for those who really want to go all out on their night out and party until the early hours of the morning. This club has several floors with different types of music, from pop to dance and hip hop, so everyone is bound to find something that they love. Visitors should remember to grab a drink card when entering the club, otherwise they might face extra charges for ordering drinks which they will have to pay when leaving, which is a fairly common practice in some Italian nightclubs.

Address: Via Palazzuolo 37, Florence, Italy, +39 055 293082

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Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar is one of the best bars in Florence; it is a classic locale situated on the edge of the river Arno. Come and enjoy some classic drinks like Negroni and Spritz Aperol. They are classy private rooms available for hire, where visitors can enjoy a meal and drinks in a more secluded environment.

Address: Via Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 22, Florence, Italy, +39 055 239 6700

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The Dublin

The Dublin is an Irish pub in the center of Florence’s old town and is calmer than other bars in the area. The cold beers are a great change from the typical wines that are usually on offer in most Italian bars or restaurants, and beer-lovers will appreciate the curated selection that this bar has. There is great food here too, so having dinner at The Dublin is a great choice.

Address: Via Faenza 27r, Florence, Italy, +39 055 274 1571

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Sei Divino!

This modern little bar has a great atmosphere and is frequented by locals, especially at night when they go for an aperitivo. At Sei Divino the drink – a glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail – and buffet combination costs around seven euros, and the type of food on offer is usually cheese, ham and veggies. They have an extensive wine list and the waiters are very knowledgeable about the different types of wine, so they have great suggestions for those who want to try something new.

Address: Via Borgo Ognissanti, 42r Florence, Italy, +39 055 218846

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Se-sto on Arno

Although pricey, this bar has one of the best aperitivo buffet spreads in the city and some of the best views of Florence’s skyline and especially of the Duomo. The crowd is mixed, although the atmosphere is elegant since Se-sto on Arno is on the rooftop of one of the classiest, most luxurious hotels in the city. After enjoying the exquisite drinks and delicious buffet, tourists can head to the nearby La Carraia and get some of Florence’s best ice cream.

Address: Piazza Ognissanti 3, Florence, Italy, +39 055 27151

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Hotel L’Orologio

The bar at L’Orologio Hotel is great for a nice, relaxed snack accompanied by delicious drinks in one of the best hotels in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella neighborhood. Enjoy freshly made dishes, such as Tuscan ham and gorgonzola, or mortadella and parmesan cream paninis, ham or cheese platters, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as delicious desserts including the typical cantucci taken with sweet wine, or homemade ice cream.

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 35, Florence, Italy, +39 055 277380

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La Rotonda

At La Rotonda, a bar with a great atmosphere and filled with locals, visitors can enjoy an aperitivo with a glass of wine for just six euros. Those who want heartier meals can order a delicious salad or succulent chicken dish. Sometimes there is live music during the evening, which does even more to add to the already buzzing atmosphere and gives a romantic touch to an evening meal at this fantastic establishment.

Address: Via il Prato 10/16, Florence, Italy, +39 055 265 4644

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This cafe/bar, situated close to the Ponte Vecchio, has one of the most unique interiors in the entire city. All of the furniture inside is vintage, from its chairs to its tables, and it is also all for sale, so visitors who find anything they like and have a way to take it back home with them can buy a great souvenir from Florence. The outdoor terrace is great for hot summer nights.

Address: Chiasso dei del Bene, Florence, Italy, +39 055 268528

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The Fiddler’s Elbow

One of the most popular Irish pubs in Florence, The Fiddler’s Elbow stands in close vicinity to the Santa Maria Novella station. Patrons can expect to order lots of excellent beer and revel in the Irish music that is played at The Fiddler’s Elbow.

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 7, Florence, Italy, +39 055 21506