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Viale Antonio Gramsci, 1
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
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 One of the most popular gathering spots in the city, Dolce Vita is a chic little bar whose buzz of activity draws a stylish and flirtatious crowd of young professionals and locals that often overflows into the piazza. Although a separate wine bar offers an impressive selection of wines, the centerpiece of the venue is the ... more
Piazza del Carmine
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 Located in the center of Florence’s quaint Piazza Santo Spirito, PopCafé is a progressive international eatery and bar with great prices that keep its regulars coming back time and again. As the only all-vegetarian café in Florence, the venue draws a diverse and loyal clientele of students, Florentines, and travelers who ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 18a/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
Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a dynamic bar scene will find it at The Lion’s Fountain, a lively venue that brews up some quality entertainment for its clientele of college students and English-speaking travelers. Named for the lion-headed fountain built into the wall across from the bar, the pub features a typical Irish décor of ... more
Borgo Albizi, 34r
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 / 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
Party Earth Review Perhaps the most popular American-style sports bar in Florence, The Red Garter has enough rooms, nooks, and cozy corners to accommodate any mood, and attracts a young and rambunctious crowd of English speakers eager to order a pitcher of beer and kick back with their compatriots. Sports fans will want to congregate in the ... more
Via de’ Benci, 33-35/r
Party Earth Review Sleek and modern with a conservative yet animated vibe, Slowly is a posh little bar and lounge that attracts a stylish clientele of young professionals. A long black bar with electric-blue backlighting is nicely set off by the more subdued black, tan, and red that dominates the décor, while creative light fixtures and plenty ... more
Via Porta Rossa, 63r
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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.