Bars in Florence

Bars are famous in Florence for the ingenious 'aperitivo;' around 7pm, many bars offer something to eat for free to the customers (in most cases a buffet, and sometimes almost a dinner)!

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Piazza Duomo, 20r | 055-239-9318
Astor is America in Florence. It's owned by Americans and serves all the American treats you could want, like good hamburgers, onion rings, and iced coffee - for those days you get sick of pasta and wine. And it's in a great location, right in Piazza Duomo, with a patio that basically has you sitting next to the cathedral! While during the day it's a restaurant and meeting place (they also have free WIFI), at night, it turns into a laid back bar! It doesn't usually get too crowded, except on Tuesdays, when they have their Happy Hour. On any other night, this bar is a place where you can go chill with your friends, grab a beer or a glass of wine, and sit at one of their many tables and booths in the large, 2-floor interior. At Astor, you can also get one of the champagne and sparkler buckets offered at Twice Club because they're owned by the same guy! Not only are the prices good and the atmosphere relaxing, but they also have a giant projector to display all of your American sports games (the Super Bowl, NBA finals, etc.) as well as many other flatscreen TVs. There is also a separate room downstairs with another bar and another projector, making them capable of handling big-game crowds and special events. But Astor is not only an American favorite; you'll find the growing number of Italians who crave greasy Hamburgers there, too! The staff is great and makes for an enjoyable, carefree time.

Angie's Pub

Via de Neri 33r | Tel: +39 055 283754
Angie's is a popular hangout for anyone and everyone alike - anything goes. A decorative and delightfully colourful façade concords with the evidently weather-beaten character within this cozy little space. The drawings and notes on the wall make you imagine the charming personages who've passed through and and left these remnants of drunken happiness, before stumbling away into the night. Angie's doesn't proclaim itself to be a "cool bar" - there are more than enough of these dotted around everywhere else in Florence. Instead, what you'll get is an honest, welcoming watering-hole, sports channels, and lots of old bar stools on which to prop yourself and babble away whilst getting involved with another bevy or two. Always buzzing with locals and foreigners alike, there is a harmony here which insists that this place will be one of the first, loyal friends you make in Florence.

Be-Bop Music Club

Via dei Servi, 76 | +39 055 295230
Be-Bop is a music lovers' paradise. The bar is very centrally located on a side street off Piazza Duomo. However, it's a little hard to find. There's just small door outside, leading down a set of stairs to the concert going on. The club is famous in town for their live music every night, ranging from Southern Rock, to Irish Folk, to cover bands, to jazz. But nothing brings in a crowd like the ultra popular Beatles Night (which they've held every Tuesday since 1998). You'll find yourself surrounded by people of all ages here, as you're never too young or old to appreciate good live music! Being literally underground, Be-Bop has a very vintage, alternative vibe. Immediately downstairs, they have a stage; an extremely packed, very small standing area; and (sometimes) a few tables. If you manage to squeeze by everyone, you'll find a little hallway leading to two bars, large tables, and another back room with extra seating. They serve local Italian beers on tap and the usual bar cocktails at cheap prices, considering you also get a live show! All of these traits factor in to making it a really cool place for an alternative night out.

Bitter Bar

Via de'Pandolfini 39/r | Tel:340 5499258 / 388 9759074
Bitter Bar, situated in the Borghese Palace Art Hotel, serves up weird and wonderful cocktails for those who have an adventurous pallet. The Baroque-inspired décor provides a very trendy setting to sip quirky drinks and listen to jazzy and soulful music. Ingredients that can be found in the tasty cocktails at Bitter Bar include blue cheese, onions, wasabi and popcorn. All drinks on the menu are priced at a reasonable �?�7, considering the detail and effort put into each one. On Thursday there is a �??Cocktail Therapy�?� night where customised beverages are made, tailored to your favourite ingredient. Fridays host the �??Molecular Cocktails�?� evening, where the bartenders offer up a selection of drinks inspired by molecular cuisine. Bitter Bar is never usually too crowded and so it is the perfect place if you want to experiment with your taste buds and relax in a classy but quiet environment.

Caffé Sant'Ambrogio

Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, 7r | Tel: 055 2477277
This bar is located in Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, mostly unknown to tourists as it's not located centrally.Café Sant'Ambrogio is open daily and offers snacks, and wireless internet upon production of identification. The striking thing about this place is that there is always something interesting to observe, be it one of the odd, local "celebrities" or general goings-on. The bar itself offers a wide range of good wines in generous size glasses and at great prices. The bar staff are very efficient and friendly,and the aperitivo, whilst limited and seldom varied, is tasty and replenished frequently. Unlikely to be a destination bar for those who live outside of the Santa Croce zone, it remains the type of bar which has accrued a loyal fan base over the years owing to its open amicability, and will continue to amass more regulars over the years to come.

Dolce Vita (+Aperitivo)

Piazza del Carmine, 6r | Tel: 055 284 595
This is one of the historical meeting places of the Florentine youth, nowadays attracting a chic, slightly older crowd. The interior design is trendy, but the magic of the place comes from outside. The bar's large patio is wonderful! In spring and summer evenings, it's possible to enjoy magnificent sunsets on very Italian, off-the-beaten-path Piazza del Carmine, while sipping incredibly exotic cocktails and stuffing yourself with abundant, themed aperitivos (like ethnic and Mediterranean).

Eby's Bar

Via dell'Oriuolo, 5 | +39 055 240027
Want to be scream-cheered on by a guy who looks like Albert Einstein while you're taking a highly experimental shot? Then you'll love Eby's and its eccentric owner. The bar/restaurant is a whole-in-the-wall located near The Lion's Fountain. It's a good, cheap place that technically serves "Latin" food, but really, they have everything from empanadas to hamburgers. If you're sick of Italian food and need a burrito or a Greek wrap then you can hit Eby's, however don't expect anything authentic. At night, it's a popular place among young Italians and study abroad students, mostly because of the crazy shots they make. The man who works at the bar (maybe Eby himself, no one knows - but definitely Einstein's twin) creates some delicious and very creative ways to get you to want to drink. For example, the "chaser" to the Volcano shot (pictured above - five different types of alcohol plus Tabasco sauce) is a piece of banana sliced open, filled with nutella, and lined with sesame seeds! "Einstein" is also a pretty good cheerleader, and when you take your Volcano shot he slams it down on the counter and yells "HUP!". During other fan-favorite shots, he consistently screams "VAI VAI VAI VAI VAI!" (go, go, go...), at the top of his lungs. All in all, Eby's is a unique, inexpensive, central place to visit if you need a change from the typical Italian scene and a good story to tell your friends the next day. 

Harry's Bar

Lungarno Vespucci, 22r | Tel. +39 055 23 96 700
Sophisticated and worldly clientele have been coming to this posh, expensive restaurant bar for over fifty years, since it opened its doors to Florence in 1953.

The tables are topped with rose colored silk tablecloths and the walls are adorned with original prints by local Florentine artists depicting classic scenes around the city. As much as the inside is alluring, be sure to check out the outside terrazza which overlooks the Arno and yields a view of the Ponte Vecchio in the distance.

Whether you are looking for stylish ambiance to enjoy a fancy drink with friends or want to impress your parents with your new found European finesse, Harry's Bar is the perfect, high-class locale for either occasion.

Kitsch (+Aperitivo)

Viale Antonio Gramsci, 1

This quirky, "sophist-artistic," gem of a bar offers a kaleidoscopic plethora of delicious cocktails and a famed aperitivo to match.

For being on the outskirts of town (just inside the centro storico on the corner of Piazza Beccaria), Kitsch is immensely popular, even over-patronised, and draws in a mainly Italian crowd arriving from the suburbs. Aperitivo here is unbeatable in Florence for quality and quantity (the biggest in the city) with tables and tables of cold and hot dishes. And for the few remaining smokers in Florence, there is a covered (and in winter, heated) seating area outside in the piazza, where you can sit to enjoy your food.

All in all, a great place to start an evening out with a fabulous drink - a definite must-go.

Kitsch DEVX (+Aperitivo)

Via S. Gallo 22/R | 328 9039289
If you think you're seeing double, you're not! There are two Kitsch locations in Florence, so you can get their amazing aperitivo wherever you are! While the first one is located on the outskirts of the city, Kitsch DEVX (two) is located right in the center, near Piazza San Marco. This location has pretty much the same interior style of Kitsch 1 (still very "Kitsch," ha) with velvet seating, disco balls, and cool colored lights. The aperitivo is also just as big and delicious, the creative drink list just as extensive, and the drinks themselves just as tasty! Try the Hawaiian Colada - basically an enormous, very strong, frozen strawberry Pina Colada. One main difference between the two locations is the type of crowd you'll find in them. Since this location is more central, you get natives and lots of study abroad students, while Kitsch 1 is mainly Italians.
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