Best aperitivo spots in Milan © H Club Diana

Best aperitivo spots in Milan

From the sunset on the Naviglio Grande and Ceresio 7’s rooftop pools and Bulgari’s extensive buffet, Milan’s aperitivo credentials keep getting stronger.

Milan’s balmy nights and long-shadowed sunsets were made for aperitivo time. No one does dinner here any more. Why would you when for the price of a spritz you can sample-size some the best Italian dishes and relax in the late-evening sunshine for hours on end? Restaurants serve up sumptuous Italian cuisine with an urban flair to be sampled alongside excellent hand-made cocktails. Here, LUXOS brings you the run down the best aperitivo in Italy’s chicest city.

Fonderie Milanesi

Now when it comes to Milan, most good things are hidden, but none more so than here. Tucked away behind gates alongside the tram depot, this restored 19th century farmhouse offers a rustic yet delicious aperitivo using fresh local ingredients. Order the Barolo and fill your plate. www.fonderiemilanesi.it 

Fonderie Milanesi© Fonderie Milanesi

Camparino Bar

Opened by Gaspare Campari in 1867, the Camparino bar in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was once frequented by Verdi, Tosacanni, Dudovich and Carrà. This iconic bar is known to locals by different names which can cause confusion as both Zucca and Campari have bid for ownership of the bar over the last 150 years. The name may change but the aperitivo here remains consistently good. Stand up to avoid paying seating fees and watch the elegantly dressed bar tenders at work. www.camparino.it

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Rebelot

The quintessential Milanese experience has to be aperitivo on the Naviglio Grande head to Rebelot for a excellent hand-made cocktails and a light aperitivo of local meats and cheeses. Located beside the canal, take a seat outside and watch the sunset before heading to sister restaurant, Al Pont de Ferr, nextdoor for dinner. www.rebelotdelpont.com

Rebelot SNotes 1© Rebelot/Facebook

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Bar Basso

The Negroni Sbagliato was invented here and a visit to try this iconic drink in a giant glass is a must for any aperitivo afficionado.  In the heat of summer, the locals spill out onto the pavement and the atmosphere is laid back and old fashioned. barbasso.com

Bar basso Milan Facebook© Bar Basso/Facebook

N’Ombre de Vin

Located in the historic quarter of Brera, N’ombre de Vin has occupied the old refectory of the Augustan friars of Milan. Specialising in Italian wines of rare value, as well as old favourites and specialities, this is the place to join the locals on a Friday night. Throughout the year the bar organises wine and food tasting evenings.

For an extra special evening book ahead for a private tasting by candlelight in the cellar to try special pairings of food and wine as well as the more prestigious labels. Aperitivo features excellent cold cuts, cheeses, salads and pastas, as well as a full dinner menu. www.nombradevin.it

ombra-de-vin-cave-960x540© 'The Cave' at N'Ombre de Vin

Bulgari Hotel 

In 2014, Il Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel introduced a new Neapolitan Chef. Roberto Di Pinto’s concept is Italian food with a twist, and this attention is also given to the now-famous aperitivo served between 6.30-9pm. His family recipes for pasta, salads and fresh vegetables are extraordinary and all artfully arranged in one of the most beautiful spreads in Milan. www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari-Garden-2T© Bulgari Hotel Garden

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Ceresio 7

No true Milanese would leave this gem of a location off the list: A restaurant, cocktail bar, two rooftop pools, all on top of the house of Dsquared2. The designers’ influence hasn’t been overlooked from any element. The food, the sunset, the drinks, everything is wonderfully aesthetic and wonderfully Milan. www.ceresio7.com

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Cinc

Styled like a French Bistro, Cinc specialises in Martini cocktails and finger food. Bruschetta, seasonal vegetables and antipasti all served with glorious attention to detail add to the superior atmosphere set by the lovely square the restaurant is in. www.cincbrera.it

Cinc© Cinc

H club Diane at the Sheraton Diana Majestic

The central Art Deco hotel is must-visit in Milan, but even better is its garden and aperitivo. Take a seat at the pool-side and watch Milan's glamourous locals come to enjoy the late evening sunshine and delicious light buffet. Make sure to check their programme for when world-famous DJs come to play at the weekends. www.sheratondianamajestic.com

H Club Diane at the Sheraton Diana Majestic© H Club Diana

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Il Foyer at the Four Seasons Hotel

The aperitivo scene at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano’s Il Foyer bar radiates relaxed elegance. Trendy fashion industry types, business executives and stylish people about town catch-up and debate the news of the week while sipping Il Foyer’s legendary and creative cocktails. www.fourseasons.com/milan

Il Foyer© Four Seasons Hotel/Il Foyer

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Frida

For those in search of a more alternative evening, head to Frida in Isola. As the name suggests, this was once the ‘Island’ neighbourhood of Milan and home to the city’s artists and bohemians. Today it is a lively young neighbourhood that has lost of none of its creative heart. If it’s list of over 80 cocktails aren’t enough to tempt you, Frida offers an extensive buffet from 5.30pm everyday, has outdoor terrace, live bands and boutique attached. www.fridaisola.it

Frida-Milano© Freda Milano

Bar Martini

The result of a collaboration between Martini® and Dolce & Gabbana, this restaurant and bistrot in Montenapoleone has an beautiful terrace, exquisitive (of course) decoration and a Sicilian themed menu and aperitivo. Unlike other 'brand' bars and restuarants, Bar Martini has a surprisingly friendly and relaxed atmosphere, just make sure to book a table in advance. www.dolcegabbana.com/martini

dolce-gabbana-bar-martini-milano-3© Bar Martini/Dolce & Gabbana

 

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1 H Bar Diana
2 Rebelot
3 Camparini Bar
4 Cinc
5 Ceresio 7
6 N'Ombra de Vin
7 Fonderia Milanesi
8 Bar Martini®
9 Frida
10 Il Foyer at the Four Seasons, Milan
11 Bulgari Hotel
12 Bar Basso

Related: A short history of aperitivo