Party Earth Review The Fish Pub’s fish store façade and fishing décor may be amusing, but the main focus at this popular bar is less on ambiance and more on the rowdy patrons, daily Happy Hour, and free buffet. Although the clientele is largely English speaking, the lack of a cover charge attracts a relatively diverse mix of people who wander ... more
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 44/r
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 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 Creativity runs wild at Angie’s Pub, an artsy and alternative watering hole with the abstract aesthetic of a lounge and the rowdy vibe of a neighborhood pub. Bottles of liquor perched on old and slanting wood mantles provide an air reminiscent of a Wild West saloon, while indie art murals, newspaper clippings, Polaroid ... more
Via dè Neri, 35r
Party Earth Review With a festive young crowd and inexpensive drinks, it’s always easy to have a rowdy night at The Old Stove, a classic Irish pub in the center of town. Its location right off the Piazza della Repubblica attracts many young locals, foreign students, and English speakers who congregate every night for pints and a party. On ... more
Via Pellicceria, 2-6/r
Party Earth Review Located right in the heart of the Santa Croce neighborhood, Kikuya is the oldest English pub in Florence and, despite the typically Italian terracotta floors and stone ceiling, sports a decidedly English feel. Clean and simple, the bar features English football banners on the walls, small wood tables and stools, and a selection ... more
Via de’ Benci, 43/r
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
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 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
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 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 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
Foodies may find that the city's large tourism industry has been a bane on the quality of restaurants in Florence, and it’s true that a lot of Florence eateries are betting they won’t ever have to serve the same customer twice.
But there are also plenty of lovely little Italian diners and cool cafés to be had, and even if the meal is subpar, at least a bottle of brilliant Chianti wine is never hard to find.
The trendy neighborhood trattorias get busy around 1pm for lunch and 8pm for dinner, with everyone piling in along communal tables to feast on paninis, talk, and have fun with a little too much wine.
Like most restaurants in Italy, visitors can expect the majority of Florence’s to be quite small, so reservations when possible are always a good idea. Tripe sandwiches – available at casual stands all over town – are a favorite quick hunger fix for locals, as are stalwart city staples like fegatini (chicken-liver spread) and ribollita (minestrone).
The best bet for authentic restaurants is to head away from the Duomo and over to Santa Croce or Oltrarno. Keep in mind, however, practically every restaurant tends to change its menu frequently, so dropping in on the same place twice may yield a very different dining experience.