In Milan, there is an endless number of cocktail bars to choose from. Bars are the perfect stop to prolong the chat after a dinner with friends or to enjoy a good aperitif and leave behind the stress of a day’s work. But how many are romantic and suitable enough for the tête-à-tête you have been waiting for?
Knowing how to choose the best place for a special occasion will ensure you not only good drinks, but also a successful evening. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we decided to select the most romantic cocktail bars for you. All these spots have a unique, intimate and fascinating atmosphere that will captivate you at first sight.
So here are 10 places to spend a pleasant evening, have a quality drink and maybe try something outside of your comfort zone.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 25
This bar was born from an idea of the owner, Ennio, who transformed his experience as a designer in London into a precious opportunity to discover all the secrets of mixology. Kilburn is a real jewel in the Porta Venezia area. Furnished in full London style with leather armchairs, soft lighting, candles on the tables and photographs hanging on the walls, this cocktail bar will amaze you. There is a wide selection of labels (more than 200) which are in continuous growth. Furthermore, there is a great variety of cocktails, all designed in detail. Our advice is to make a reservation here for the aperitif, when the restaurant retains a more intimate atmosphere and you can have a charchuterie boards to accompany your drink.
One of the most talked-about places in Milan is undoubtedly the 1930s, a secret place of excellence in the city, where only a select few are admitted. Inspired by the American speakeasies of the prohibitionist era, this venue only accepts those who show them the card granted exclusively to the most dedicated customers of the Mag Café. Crossing the threshold of 1930 means going back in time and giving yourself one of the best drinking experiences imaginable. What, might you ask, makes this place so exclusive? Perhaps it’s the live piano music, maybe the ’20s furnishings, but it’s more likely due to the drinks. Everything served here is a real rarity. An evening in this fascinating place is synonymous with success, especially when it comes to a romantic tête-à-tête. What are you waiting for? The new memberships have introduced an additional hierarchical level in the most inaccessible place in Milan.
Viale Piave, 1
A location on the edge of reality, where the spirit of adventure and exoticism come together in a forest imbued with “orderly disorder”: stone Buddhas and treasure maps bring to mind the lands of Indiana Jones, at a time of warm and intimate lighting. A Milanese “place to drink”, where to sip, according to urban legends, the best Martini in the city, prepared at the original counter of a historic New York hotel, the birthplace of the extraordinary cocktail. Leave the path of traditional mixing behind you and let yourself be conquered by the unusual combinations of the drink list: a whirlwind of scenographic presentations and special effects, between unpredictable trimmings and “smoking” glasses, will lead your trip to the limit of the ordinary, enchanting the heart and taste buds.
Piazza XXIV Maggio, 8
Inside The Yard Hotel near the Darsena, The Doping Club is a reference point for lovers of mixology, combined with the Milanese bien vivre that recalls another era. In fact, the atmosphere of this club is reminiscent of England, with the elegance of lords and dandies who, with a glass of whiskey and a Cuban cigar in hand, spent their evenings indulging in luxury and pleasures. Today, in Milan, this atmosphere is kept intact thanks to the professionalism of the bartenders and the care of the service, which will make you feel like kings and queens for at least one evening. This elegant cocktail bar has sophisticated spirits and a great variety of wines, liqueurs and bitters, which will satisfy even the most demanding customers. Moreover, inside it hides a speakeasy inspired by Chinese secret societies. Have you ever heard of the Wootsu Society? In order to enter, you must please a certain Mr. Lee …
Via Andegari, 9
An elegant play of black and white geometric colors frames the Mandarin Bar & Bistrot, the cosmopolitan soul of the exclusive structure of the Mandarin Oriental, Milan. The large central counter is the beating heart of local mixing, where international cocktails alternate with new preparations, between fruity and spicy olfactory notes, with an oriental twist. A refined atmosphere surrounds the tables and the soft seats of the lounge area, overlooking the wonderful internal courtyard, nestled among the elegant buildings of the historic center. And when the shadows of the evening fall on the city, the lights become more and more suffused, at the time of a cocktail experience for true connoisseurs, in search of a romantically glamorous tête-à-tête.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43
Did you know that in Milan, along the Porta Ticinese bank, there is the smallest cocktail bar in the world? It’s called Backdoor43 and with its 4 square meters of space, it is one of the most desirable locations in the city. The regulation is clear: three stools, a masked barman hidden behind a crack and two hours to enjoy your drinks. Needless to say, if you manage to book the venue for two people, your evening will take an interesting turn. Here, the mixology reaches very high peaks, thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the barman. With a combination of a desire to amaze and to provoke, he will certainly be up to expectations. Do not miss the opportunity to tell your tastes to get a tailor-made cocktail for you.
Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 9
If you are looking for an intimate and classy place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Montefiore Lounge is the place for you. Located on the seventh floor of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia and overlooking the famous Terrazza Gallia, this lounge is a private room furnished with comfortable sofas and tropical plants, wrapped in black walls that reflect the lights. It all combines to create a very modern and refined environment. To make the stay special, the barman is at your disposal to make any of the cocktails present on the menu in front of you, thanks to a mini-bar equipped with gin station. The exclusive collaboration with Plymouth Gin is a guarantee of quality that you will find by spending a couple of hours at Montefiore. The romantic view over the rooftops of Milan will do the rest.
Via San Fermo, 1
What better setting than Brera to open a bistro-cocktail bar with a Provencal allure? It is in the heart of this neighborhood that Tibi is located. A delightful corner of France that will charm you with its romantic atmosphere, where details make all the difference. Wrought-iron lanterns, white wooden frames and soft lighting illuminate the counter and the tables for two, lacquered with a warm shade of red, leaning almost to burgundy. Perfect for an extended aperitif or after-dinner cocktail, this venue offers traditional recipes alternated with more creative ones. Additionally, there are perfect food pairings that will immediately make you breathe the typical atmosphere of Provence. Forget the outside world and get carried away by emotions and feelings.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 19
A kaleidoscope of flavors, images and perfumes where you can enjoy a romantic candlelit evening, surrounded by a velvety petrol blue palette, among collectible books, black and white photographs, exotic references and vintage details. The Company reveals the perfect ingredients for a truly unique cocktail experience: let yourself be carried away for a refined tour around the world, among spices, fruit and alcoholic bases with a cosmopolitan allure, mixed by Andrea’s expertise, proposed in an appealing cocktail list which brings together seasonal inspirations and “tailor made” advice. On Valentine’s Day, Mr Jones and Mrs Jones make their special entry in the proposals to sip: elegant pink and berry shades for delicate elixirs of love.
Viale Regina Giovanna, 22
If your romantic dinner went very well and you are about to go home, don’t do it without going through what, in Porta Venezia, is a favorite lounge for anyone who loves a good drink. We are talking about Casa Mia – Cocktail Bar & Bistrot, a very welcoming cocktail bar that will make a perfect end to your evening by offering you a drink made with excellent fresh ingredients and an abundance of passion. The handwritten recipes, all original and the result of continuous experimentation by the barman Manuel Quintiero, will make you feel spoiled. Instinct will be your best guide, but if you would like to try something particularly rare, you just need to get one of the more than two hundred labels present in the shop.