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Porta Venezia is undoubtedly one of the most eclectic and sought after districts of Milan: art galleries, large green areas, irresistible fashion shops and iconic Art Nouveau architecture. In its bohemian spirit, this area also offers unique bars, true temples of Mixology, places ideal to run away from chaos and the daily routine.
Historic institutions in Milan, speakeasy and unusual locations, here are our 10 favorite cocktail bars in this awesome area:
Viale Regina Giovanna, 22
This cocktail bar (as suggested by its name) feels like a house with a living room of light colors and simple but elegant furnishings. At Casa Mia – Cocktail Bar & Bistrot you can get some of the best cocktails in town, able to satisfy both the curious and the demanding drinkers, thanks to the continuous experimentations and the skill of the bartender Manuel Quintiero. If you want to eat while sipping your cocktail, they offer some great food options too. One last advice? Admire the bottles, a treasure trove for real collectors. Bottles selected, from all over the world, like the over two hundred tasting whiskeys, perfect for autumn temperatures and atmospheres.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 25
The name of the cocktail bar is a tribute to the London district where Ennio, the owner, became passionate about the world of mixology. The warm and enveloping atmosphere evokes this British origins with dark walls and elegant furniture recalling the old but very busy pubs of the English capital. The drink list is unique: signature cocktails prepared following original recipes with over 200 top labels of vodka, rum, persistent whiskey and fragrant gin. If you visit during the time of the aperitivo, you must try their cold cuts boards filled with the best Italian cured meats and cheeses.
Via San Gregorio, 40
If you like the combination of quality music and good cocktails, then Barba is the address you were looking for: vinyl and tape players, the drink list is actually an old 45 record and the bill is delivered at the table within a cassette tape. The cocktails are named after songs, singers and music genres: in addition to the house’s signatures, you can ask for a tailor-made drink prepared according you preferences. The coolest thing? Enjoy your cocktail while listening to your favourite tune. How? Choose and play the record on the turntable available for the guests. Last but not least the food proposals: a kitchen focused on cooking at a low temperatures with different proposals for lunch and dinner.
So now you know it is located around Porta Venezia, can you find out the exact position of this speakeasy, part of the Mag Cafè group? Inside unique pieces of furniture speak of another era: globes, armchairs and velvet sofas, coupled with the notes coming from the piano, warm up the atmosphere and make you jump directly into the ’30s of the American prohibition. A map as menu, printed on leather with dreamlike cocktails. Only the most attentive ones will have access to the city’s most famous secret bar and drink the elaborate cocktails, served with skilful staff, always available to guide you in this exclusive experience.
Viale Piave, 1
Listed for years on the top 50 world’s best bars (from 2007 to 2016) and one of the first in town to experiment with molecular drinks, it does not need much of an introduction: its fame precedes it. A true mecca of drinking for connoisseurs, the place has a fusion and atypical style, with a decor mixing oriental objects, Caribbean souvenirs and African relics. On the shelves you can find more than 2000 bottles able to satisfy any request. Cocktails prepared following the most innovative techniques. But the real signature of Nottingham Forest is the cocktail presentations, truly unique in their kind. The drink list so vast, it may leave the newcomers overwhelmed. Do not worry, the staff can guide you in choosing what, most likely, will become your new favorite cocktail.
H CLUB> DIANA
Viale Piave, 42
Within the Sheraton Diana Majestic hotel, an institution of the district and the city, the H Club has been for years a reference point for the Milanese aperitivo. The exclusive location is the splendid setting of the hotel’s lounge bar, a trendy meeting place regulars never betrayed over the years. Behind the counter, the bartenders prepare creative cocktails with top labels for an exclusive aperitivo with a musical background and a sparkling atmosphere. Resisting the charm of this magical and timeless place is literally impossible.
Viale Vittorio Veneto, 28
The second address in the city of “Dry” is an expansion of the original concept: the interior design, the menu, the opening hours. In contrast to the older brother, it’s also open for lunch. Large rooms dominated by brass finishes, big mirrors, soft lighting and designer chandeliers, with a chic and post industrial touch. At Dry Milano the protagonist is again the unusual pairing between pizza and cocktails: pizzas are split into classics and gourmands but all cooked in a wood-burning oven coming directly from Naples. Cocktails instead are divided between the “Fragrance” and the “Signature”. You cannot be disappointed in neither of those. This strange combination will surely make your dinner a special occasion.
Via Marcello Malpighi, 7
A mix of modernity and antique furniture between marble, dark wood and exposed bricks in one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau streets of the city. Their cocktail list is as balanced as the ambient of the place, although the real focus here is on the content of your glass. Drinks are made with spirits from all over the globe, all displayed neatly behind the counter. Match them with the food proposals for the aperitivo.
Via Plinio, 32
“Cocktail & Conversation” is the pay off of the owner, Luca Marcellin. And indeed Drinc. is the perfect place for a chat with friends in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. Browse through the drink list and find yourself on a real journey through the art of mixology: every cocktail is made to perfection, with a care and precision affecting the smallest details. Even their food for aperitivo matches the flavor of your favorite cocktail.
Via Plinio, 39
In 1968 the fortunate encounter between sparkling wine, Campari Bitter and red vermouth created the Negroni Sbagliato, the famous invention of this historic bar of the city since the 40s. The Bar Basso is one of those places with a vintage flavor, a mecca for those who really care about the history of cocktails. A meeting point for artists and creatives over the years, and even today, after a few generations, it is still the perfect cocktail bar to immerse yourself in the spirit of the Old Milan, with its traditional interiors and the historic bright red banner. Here the aperitivo is offered according to tradition: drinks accompanied by peanuts, olives and chips just to whet your appetite. A real must in the city.