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 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 / 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 Like its neighbor Negroni, Zoe draws a crowd of well-dressed locals who show up in the early evening to sip cocktails and nibble on carpaccio with melon at the aperitivo buffet before heading out to the clubs. Unlike the elegant Negroni, however, Zoe has a more eclectic vibe owing to its musical mix of funk, soul, and hip ... more
Via dei Renai, 13/r
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
Bar / Italian Restaurant / Pub
Reviewed by Shelby G.
"My Advice/My Take: Hops is an authentic, local Italian bar just a few steps away from the bustling San Lorenzo market. The doorway is marked not only ..." more
Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, 7R
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
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 / 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
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
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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.