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Porta Venezia needs no introduction: it is one of the most beautiful and lively areas of the city. In this very popular neighborhood the bars abound. And, of course, the aperitifs are no less plentiful. Indeed, in the area there are right aperitifsfor almost all tastes. Some are more food-oriented, some are more inclined towards mixology. However, there are many good ones, but what are the excellent ones? We must know how to choose well. There are three basic criteria: the quality of the drinks, the quality of the appetizers and the location. In fact, each of these three factors can change and modify, even sensibly, our personal experience. After all, going out for a drink is a question of style. The place we choose says something about who we are. And if you too want to be flawless, it’s in flawless places you have to go.
This is why we decided to list our five favorite aperitifs in the area. They are all original places, with their precise identity, places where you won’t regret having brought friends, relatives, colleagues or girlfriends to. As long as they are not abstemious, of course.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 25
In angular position, with large windows that flood it with light, Kilburn offers the Porta Venezia’s viveurs an incredible drink list with more than 20 signature cocktails (with a bottle-shelf packed with more than 200 labels of high-quality spirits), strong London vibes and above all aperitifs full of gastronomic delights, such as the cooked ham from San Marino, sautéed porcini mushrooms, Val Tidone’s coppa or Piacenza’s bacon. The cocktails of the house, while not giving up the most classic proposals, are original and elegant. The recipe of each cocktail is unique and absolutely original and that’s why Kilburn’s aperitif is different from all others.
Viale Regina Giovanna, 22
A rich menu full of delicacies that continuously come out from the busy kitchen is the main attraction of the Casa Mia – Cocktail Bar & Bistrot. The others are the incredible mixology department, always intent on experimenting and daring with new combinations, and the beautiful location, with its light colors and simple furnishings and elegant lines, which will be a perfect and stylish frame for the happiest hour of the day, spent in complete relaxation. If being able to talk without shouting in a Milanese bar seemed an imaginative prospect, to say the least , after Casa Mia the idea of a peaceful corner won’t sound so impossible.
Via Giuseppe Sirtori, 15
Simple but innovative location, wide menu with generous tapas, all original and with an international flavor, divided into thematic sections and ordered by writing with chalk on a little slate. And, finally, a drink list that will leave no one dissatisfied. The restaurant stands out for its green soul: restored materials, attention to consumption, recyclable cutlery, minimum waste of paper and plastic. The kitchen deserves a special highlight thanks to the concept of gourmet tapas, created with the advice of chef Adriano Venturini. After all, you know, eco-friendly is the new sexy.
Via Marcello Malpighi, 7
Eppol wouldn’t feel out of place in Williamsburg or Shoreditch, all the more so in the Milanese Porta Venezia. With a counter that comes finished in exquisite marble and dark wood, surrounded by exposed brick and a garden wall, it’s the perfect blend of elegance and grunge. Cocktails are straightforward but brilliantly balanced, and it is what’s inside your glass, not the glass itself nor the garnish, that’s the focus. A welcome addition to the Milano cocktail scene.
Mint Garden Café
Via Felice Casati, 12
With its airy space dominated by light and shades of green, the Mint Garden, more than a bar, resembles a flower nursery or a greenhouse in the middle of the city. For the aperitif you will find a good selection of wines and perfectly executed classic cocktails all accompanied by excellent appetizers that are part of a really rich menu, that also has nice options for vegetarians. Do not underestimate, given the botanical vocation of the place, centrifuged and cold-pressed juices if you prefer non-alcoholic beverages. A must-try.