This hip indie bar attracts a creative and artistic crowd, who come here on the weekends to enjoy the great music, the laid-back atmosphere and the affordable drinks. The wood décor and liquor bottles give the bar the air of an old Western saloon. On the weekends there is an extra room in the back, to accommodate all the locals and tourists who come to listen to the excellent music that the DJ spins until the early hours of the morning.
Via dei Neri 35R, Florence, Italy + 39 055 288302
La Cite is one of the hippest, most unique establishments in Florence, a mix between a library bar and a jazz lounge, and as such it attracts some of the city’s most intellectual youth. Here the focus is on deep conversations about current affairs, politics and philosophy, and even though all the regulars enjoy the music, it’s not common to see anyone dancing here. Although not suited to a wild night out, the bar is perfect for those who want a quiet conversation over a glass of wine.
Borgo San Frediano 20, Florence, Italy +39 055 210387
The Lion’s Fountain
There are many Irish pubs in Florence, most of them frequented by American students who study or work in the city. However, The Lion’s Fountain is one of the best, and it is difficult to find a bar livelier than this one, with plenty of events put on nightly for all tastes. The bar area is great for ordering drinks and chatting with friends, but there is also a lounge where travelers can watch sports events on the TV.
Borgo degli Albizi 34, Florence, Italy +39 055 234 4412
This exclusively vegetarian bar is located in the Oltrarno (the southern part of Florence, below the river Arno); one of the most authentic parts of the city. The aperitivo buffet is budget-friendly and made with sustainable food. But they do not stop there; literally everything in this locale, from the wooden benches to the light bulbs, is environmentally friendly.
Piazza di Santo Spirito 18, Florence, Italy +39 055 217475
Moyo is located in the Santa Croce area, one of Florence’s big centers for bars and nightlife, and especially popular with tourists. Their aperitivo is one of the best, and it is popular with everyone, from locals to visitors. Get here early in order to find a seat and enjoy well-priced food and a good selection of cocktails.
Via dei Benci 23,, Florence, Italy +39 055 247 9738
Most Italian nights out are characterized by their relaxed atmosphere and visitors are often surprised to see that the locals go out wearing jeans, T-shirts and Converse. YAB is not one of those bars; the people who come here follow a strict dress code and dress up to the nines. The classy ambience is complemented by the wide array of creative drinks to choose from and the latest hits played by a DJ.
Via de Sassetti 5, Florence, Italy +39 055 215160
Harry’s Bar is a classic locale situated on the edge of the river Arno, and has been serving iconic Italian drinks for over fifty years. The atmosphere is sophisticated without being stuffy, reaching the perfect balance between a relaxing yet elegant place where visitors and locals alike can enjoy some of classic drinks (Negroni, Spritz Aperol, etc.) as well as more inventive creations. They also have private rooms available where visitors can enjoy a meal and drinks in a more secluded environment.
Via Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 22, Florence, Italy +39 055 239 6700
A favorite amongst Florence’s older crowds, Dolce Vita is located in Oltrarno, and the aperitivo is excellent, enjoyed either outdoors or indoors in an interior that is decorated simply, with white touches, to offset the colorful food presentation and cocktails. Occasional live music events boost the already buzzing vibe at this locale.
Piazza del Carmine 5, Florence, Italy +39 055 284595
Sesto On Arno at the Westin Excelsior
Sesto on Arno, although pricey has one of the best aperitivo buffet spreads in the city, and also some of the prettiest views of Florence’s skyline, especially of the Duomo. The atmosphere is elegant, as befits a bar on the rooftop of one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. After enjoying the exquisite drinks and delicious food, tourists can head to the nearby La Carraia and get some of Florence’s best ice cream.
Piazza Ognissanti 3, Florence, Italy +39 055 27151
As its name suggests, Fusion Bar centers on the fusion of Japanese and Italian food to create a fashionable blend of flavors that attracts Florence’s hippest crowd every night. Slick service, fresh décor and innovative drinks are a few of the things to look forward to when coming to this bar. Those who want a change from typical Italian fare (pizza, pasta, steak, etc.) will appreciate the Asian inspiration behind the dishes here and enjoy the delicious sushi.