Volume

Bar / Café
Volume Volume in Santo Spirito, Florence is part museum, part library, part bar, part music venue, all awesome. Check out this great Florence café with Party Earth. Florence Italy 43.76659 11.247589
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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... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    Santo Spirito
  • Address:

    Piazza Santo Spirito, 5r
    50125 Florence

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  • Hours:

    Daily 9am–1:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Volume Review

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Volume in Santo Spirito, Florence is part museum, part library, part bar, part music venue, all awesome. Check out this great Florence café with Party Earth.

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 area with low chairs serves as a sanctuary for old gents sipping espressos over complimentary newspapers, books, and magazines.

Paying homage to its roots as a wood workshop, the venue integrates retro tools and machinery with the rustic-chic décor to create a comfy “at home” feel.

It’s rare to not find the bar busy with regulars perched on stools with their glasses of house wine, while international students often congregate for study session at the long communal table, taking the occasional break for a sweet or savory crêpe.

The back is filled with clusters of smaller tables, each with a dizzying variety of throne-like chairs and comfy cushions, all set against an artistic backdrop of artisan sculptures, nude photographs, and abstract paintings.

The crowds get louder as the week crawls on, with regular live bands and DJs on weekends drawing alt-minded music aficionados who dance by the small raised stage, as all manner of music – funk, techno, jazz, and so on – bursts onto the bustling piazza outside.

Achieving a nice mix of local character with international appeal, Volume truly embodies the bohemian spirit of Santo Spirito.

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Tip from Jonah:

If there’s no live music, be sure and check out the jukebox. It’s stocked with killer retro tunes from the 50s and 60s.

  • Crowd

    Chilled-out creatives winding down from work, international students, struggling musicians, and Santo Spirito locals popping in to say hi, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live local bands or DJs most Friday through Sunday nights from 10:30pm, and most other nights during the summer. Genres include everything from jazz and acoustic to funk and creative techno mash-ups, depending on the guest act.

    Jukebox with mostly retro classics from the 50s and 60s.

    Selection of magazines, newspapers, and books in several languages available for browsing.

    Museum-quality collection of old woodworking hand tools and machinery, wood blocks, and photographs.

    Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of light Italian bites including crêpes, pastries, and cakes.

  • Prices

    Pastries and cakes €1–€4, crêpes €4–€7. Beer €4+, wine €5/glass or €19–€20/bottle, cocktails €6–€8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, oversized glasses, flannel, graphic t-shirts, vintage wear, summer dresses, cute sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime to enjoy the homey atmosphere, Friday and Saturday nights to catch the regular live music or DJ, or weekend mornings to people-watch and chill with a free book on one of the street-side tables.

  • Close By

    PopCafé (Piazza Santo Spirito, 18a/r) is a progressive international eatery and bar with great prices that keep its regulars coming back time and again.

Volume User Reviews

Average rating:
Live music, great atmosphere and fantastic customer service
Veronica V. May 8, 2013
I often go to Volume. Bartenders do fantastic cocktails, there is always some new band playing and it's always something nice to listen to, to chill out or just to get your adrenaline in a nice positive way up, up in the sky. The place used to be a workshop and you can tell by looking at the walls. They still keep the artistic side of it by having a different exhibition pretty often too. See you around!
Not Your Average Tourist Destination
Kendyll B. Mar 4, 2013
As a student abroad, I found I could only handle Florence's most popular night life destinations for so long. Sure, it's nice to go somewhere guaranteed to be overflowing with Americans...a few times. However, if you're looking to avoid those tourist traps with overpriced drinks and meet some genuine Italians (rather than those simply looking to hit on American women), then Volume is definitely the place to be. The first time my friends and I stumbled upon this gem of a bar, I was not quite sure as to whether I was still in 21st century Florence or had been transported back to the 40's. The surplus of Italians sporting their finest vintage clothing paired with the live music of decades past was almost too much to handle (in the best way possible of course). Not to mention the antiquated library feel of the bar interior itself. Needless to say this became one of our staple nighttime hot spots. "But should I visit Volume during the daylight hours after a great night of partying?" You might be asking yourself. Well, the answer to your query is "yes...yes you should". This versatile little cafe/bar is located in Santo Spirito, a must for any serious Florentine traveler. Stop by every other Sunday for the outdoor market where you can find everything from great smelling soaps to beautiful handmade jewelry and even some of that rad vintage gear you noticed everyone wearing last night. No money to spend? That's fine too. Show up wearing your more conservative attire and spend some quality time in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito right next door. This classic church hails from the Renaissance and contains a number of painstakingly rendered pieces from the same era. You can even see an early crucifix carved by Michelangelo and gifted to the friars of the church. Following your various exploits around the piazza, head back to Volume for another round of eclectic music and tasty cafe-style lunch before heading home to prepare for another night out. Anything on the menu, and even off, is fair game. The bartender is known for his innovative paninos (such as mango and swordfish), though you'll have to ask nicely. If you're looking for a location off the beaten tourist path, Volume is nothing if not a breath of fresh air. With its fun alternative music, vintage atmosphere and prime location, this multi-functional Florentine bar is a place to visit morning, noon and night.
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