Bar / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Tucked away between Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce is Chiodo Fisso, a 14th-century wine cellar turned into an intimate and mellow guitar bar. The owner of this unique nook is an Italian singer/songwriter now retired after years of touring the world as a performer. On most nights, he entertains his attentive and appreciative ... more
Via Dante Alighieri, 16r
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A unique neighborhood café and bar, Cabiria is situated on the northeast corner of Piazza Santo Spirito and plays host to a diverse clientele. The bar’s colorful atmosphere – accentuated by sunflowers and Van Gogh-esque shades of purple and yellow set against funky beats – attracts residents and internationals of every ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 4/r
Party Earth Review While the Piazzale Michelangelo is well known for offering the best views of Florence, the area is even more inviting during the summer when it becomes the site of Flò, a posh outdoor bar and lounge and one of the summer’s hottest spots for Florentines. A short tented corridor leads trendy upscale patrons into an expansive ... more
Piazzale Michelangelo, 84
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Situated on the corner of the bustling Via de’ Benci is the stylish Moyo, an elegant bar that draws a hip and attractive pre-club clientele. The sleek décor reflects the simple Florentine style, with high ceilings and beige walls offset by glossy black tables and high-backed chairs, while a concave hardwood bar adds a touch ... more
Via de’ Benci, 23r
Party Earth Review A Happy Hour hotspot for a chic crowd, Negroni is not only a historical piece of Florence’s identity – after all, it was here that the famous Negroni cocktail was invented – but also a modern manifestation of the city’s international character. Besides the diverse clientele that hails from all over the globe, the bar is ... more
Via dei Renai, 17/r
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A mix of museum, library, bar, café, and music venue, Volume is nothing if not eclectic and attracts an interesting mélange of Italian hipsters, laid-back locals, and artsy expats. Tables out front are usually packed with cheery groups of young residents, while just inside the doorway, a small reading ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 5r
Party Earth Review One of Florence’s most unique nightspots, La Cite is a library bar and jazz lounge with an artsy atmosphere that draws an intellectual clientele of young hipsters and creative types. Patrons gather on sofas or sit around the rustic wooden bar, which is reminiscent of a Tuscan wine cellar, to talk politics over cocktails ... more
Borgo San Frediano, 20r
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Florence’s Santa Croce district, Lochness Lounge is a cozy and intimate lounge usually occupied by a laid-back clientele of young artsy locals and international students who gather to chat, tap their feet to the DJ’s beats, and sip cocktails. On first sight, the red walls, curtains, and sofas give ... more
Via de’ Benci, 19r
Party Earth Review Easily distinguished by its Kelly-green door, Fiddler’s Elbow is an authentic Irish pub with a friendly clientele and an unbeatable atmosphere for sports enthusiasts – and with a variety of rooms and seating areas, the pub offers patrons diverse environments to match any mood. A patio provides a stunning view of the magnificent ... more
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7/r
Karaoke Bar / Pub
Reviewed by Isabella C.
"My Take: Kiwi Karaoke Pub is more than a disco pub and karaoke club. It is a sophisticated and elegant nightclub that allows guests to soak in the g ..." more
Via Fratelli Bronzetti 12D
Bar / Café
Reviewed by Shelby G.
"My Take: The lining of Piazza della Repubblica is dotted with a delectable assortment of tiny cafes, each adding their own flair to the magnificence o ..." more
Piazza Della Repubblica, 28
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Firenze is jam-packed with hundreds of bars, drinking dens, and hot spots, but regardless of which Florence bars people stroll into, the evening always begins with the nightly aperitivo. At bars all over the city, Florence residents and visitors are treated to a complimentary buffet, usually with the purchase of a drink, which helps lubricate the rest of the night.
Once partiers have satisfied their stomachs, the nightlife continues in the many bars that surround the piazzas and line the scenic, winding streets. The scene is particularly crowded between September and May when the city is flooded with students who funnel into Piazza Santa Croce – the biggest party area in town – and is dotted with wild late-night spots filled with flirty co-eds bar-hopping from one spot to the next.
Although it’s not known for its high-end scene, there are still plenty of bars in Florence that cater to the upper crust with a selection of chic enotecas (wine bars), outdoor hotspots, and fashionable happy hours that draw in a discerning crowd.
For the more eclectic and artsy types looking for a full night of like-minded bar-hoppers, just across the Arno River from Piazza Santa Croce is Piazza Santo Spirito where the bohemian set can get their nightlife fill with conversation spots and live music bars.