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
Lounge / Outdoor Bar
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 Although Yab is closed most nights during the summer, it nonetheless enjoys a reputation as one of the city’s premier dance clubs. Located just a couple of blocks from Piazza della Repubblica, this ultra-chic club, lounge, and restaurant attracts a large crowd of stylish, upscale patrons, especially on Mondays and the weekends ... more
Via dei Sassetti, 5
Café / Lounge
Party Earth Review Located a few steps from the Piazzale Michelangelo, Caffè la Torre is a chic café and lounge perfect for a pre-club rendezvous. The café’s patio is a buzzing social hangout on summer evenings as groups gather around tables to sip cocktails and admire the scenic views of the Arno River. The sleek and modern interior consists ... more
Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 65/r
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
Lounge / Sports Bar
Party Earth Review Naima is a cool lounge and sorta/kinda sports bar whose affordable drinks and consistent party atmosphere attract a loyal crowd of young preppies, international students, and stylish hipsters. A comfortable main bar area provides plenty of stools, tables, and seating where patrons gather under stone archways and subtle ... more
Via dell’Anguillara, 50/56r
Lounge / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Just across the street from the grand Piazza Santa Croce is Oibò, a trendy lounge and restaurant that attracts a stylish and refined clientele looking to enjoy a scenic lunch or a chic night out. Sleek yet cozy, the venue's décor strikes a balance between old and new, offsetting the old stone walls with such elegant touches ... more
Borgo dei Greci, 1/1a
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 / 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
Club / Lounge
Party Earth Review One of the most happening nightspots in Florence, The Blob Club is a cozy two-story lounge and club that gets crowded early and stays that way all night long. From October to April, the venue hosts a late-night party scene that keeps the alternative crowd bumping until morning. Tables on the balcony provide a place to ... more
Via Vinegia, 21/r (behind Palazzo Vecchio)
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
Like all good drinking and socializing scenes in Florence, the night begins with aperitivo (the Italian version of Happy Hour), where venues all over town offer their patrons a free buffet with the purchase of a drink. And for the perfect setting to enjoy this time honored tradition, nothing beats the plethora of cool and easy Florence lounges for all your pre-party festivities.
Because so much of the nightlife scene is dominated by the city’s rowdy bars and clubs, the lounges offer the perfect alternative for a more refined night of hanging with friends, lovers, or whoever makes a good conversational companion.
A good number of the city’s high-end lounges can be found in Santa Croce – especially around the piazza – but there are plenty of other options from fancy and expensive, to smoky and chill in areas like Oltrarno and Around the Duomo. And though most venues are meant for a quiet evening of relaxing, a good number of them turn into late night clubs once the aperitivo gets digested and the party-hungry Florentines are ready to dance.
Ideal for a date, just right for some smooth music, or a nice setting to chat with friends without having to yell over the din, the lounges in Florence are a great way to start a night off, or finish a night early.