Nightlife Florence: populated by numerous students and tourists from all over the world, the nightlife of this city offers numerous opportunities for your nightlife. Let's see which are the best bars and clubs in Florence.
Considered as the homeland of the Renaissance and the cradle of art and architecture, Florence is certainly an important and prestigious cultural and university centre. The city is in fact a destination not only for art and culture enthusiasts, but also for young university students.
Behind its rich heritage of art and history, Florence also offers a decent nightlife , with a wide choice of bars, pubs and discos, including many nice places where you can start your evening with a cocktail and a delicious aperitif, before head to one of the discos in the center of Florence .
Night entertainment ranges from live music to trendy discos, ending with the many bars and pubs scattered around the centre, among which some excellent wine bars .
The protagonist of Florence's nightlife is certainly the large community of university students, among whom there are many foreigners who come here above all to study art history, but also numerous tourists and travellers. These young people, coming from all over the world, literally crowd the city's nightlife with its many clubs.
The bars and nightclubs are scattered here and there among the various alleys of the historic center of Florence, both in the most famous and in the less known districts, especially in the vicinity of Piazza della Signoria or in the Oltrarno . The nightlife of the city is able to satisfy all tastes, from the quiet and romantic atmospheres, suitable for couples, to the livelier clubs ideal for partying with friends.
But even at night Florence confirms its role as an important cultural center with concerts, theater performances, events with live music ranging from jazz to blues and soul. Do not miss the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at the Opera of Florence , one of the most important events in the Florentine musical and cultural panorama.
The districts of Florence and the nightlife
Most of the discos and pubs are located in the historical centre, near the Duomo and other famous squares of Florence. These streets abound above all in small places where it is possible to enjoy a good beer (there are many English and Irish pubs) or a nice glass of Chianti. A stop in a typical wine shop is mandatory to taste the exquisite Tuscan specialities.
The discos in the center of Florence are usually small and rather informal, where it is possible to enter without problems. There are also a myriad of places to start the evening, such as cocktail bars, lounge bars, restaurants and other places to have an aperitif.
South of the river, the Oltrarno has a more sedate, bohemian nightlife scene, while the surrounding area around the Piazza della Signoria is definitely more upscale and trendy. Furthermore, in the various streets and squares of the city, it is sometimes possible to attend open-air shows, very often improvised.
Clubs and discos in Florence
Jazz Club Firenze
(Via Nuova de Caccini 3, Florence) Open Sunday to Thursday from 11.00pm to 3.00am, Friday and Saturday from 11.00pm to 4.00am.
Jazz Club always crowded, with a relaxed atmosphere and a musical selection ranging from jazz to blues, up to swing and funky, with high quality artists. To enter you must make the membership card at the price of 6 euros and valid for one year. Inside the club is small and with an underground atmosphere typical of London clubs. Although the place is always very busy, especially by foreign students, this club is ideal for sipping a glass of wine with friends and listening to excellent music. The cocktails offered are also very good and imaginative. To try.
(Via Pratese 46, Florence) Open Friday and Saturday from 10.00pm to 4.00am.
Open since 1981, the Tenax is a historic disco in Florence that offers house and electronic music, but also live concerts, as well as many international events and guests. This trendy club, frequented mainly by a young audience, organizes evenings with ever-changing themes or events to satisfy all tastes: from the extravagant evenings with House music to those with commercial music, the Tenax is certainly a real reference in the nightlife of Florence .
YAB Disco Club Restaurant
(Via dei Sassetti 5, Florence) Open Monday and Wednesday and Saturday from 19.00 to 4.00.
Located in the historic center, the Yab is another famous club in Florence in continuous aesthetic and entertainment renewal with each new season, and which always hosts internationally renowned DJs. The interiors are sumptuous and well cared for, with a beautiful entrance completely furnished with mirrors, a private area made up of various themed rooms and a dance floor with the floor enriched by excellent plays of light. This nightclub is also known for its famous college nights which take place here every week.
(Piazza del Carmine 5, Florence) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 19.00 to 1.30, from Thursday to Saturday from 19.00 to 2.00.
Located in Piazza del Carmine, the Dolce Vita is certainly one of the most famous and busiest discos in Florence. This historic and elegant restaurant is a point of reference for the nightlife of Florence , a meeting point for young fashionistas and university students. A place that has become synonymous with trend, ideal both for an aperitif and after dinner.
The aperitif takes place in the outdoor area with a magical view of Piazza del Carmine, while dinner and after dinner are enhanced by live music and DJ sets. After dinner, the place turns into a disco , made up of two areas: a vintage-style chill out room with colored walls and sofas, and another area where private parties are held.
(Via Lucchese 84, Florence) Open Friday from 21.00 to 4.00.
Located slightly outside the city center, the Momà is one of the most popular clubs in Florence. Excellent both for aperitifs and buffet dinners, and for after dinner with non-stop music. There is also a nice open terrace on the second floor during the summer.
(Viale Generale Dalla Chiesa 13, Florence) Open from Friday to Sunday from 20.00 to 4.00.
The Otel Varietè is a famous discotheque in Florence , excellent both for dining and for dancing. The main hall is a large hall used as a restaurant that can accommodate more than 400 people during dinner hours, and then continue with cabaret shows, ballets and, of course, lots of music and DJ sets. The second room, called the Silver room , is instead a more peaceful and welcoming environment used as a cocktail bar and private room.
The best evening is on Sunday, when the Otel Varietè offers the aperishow , a large aperitif with a rich buffet of excellent quality followed by shows and performances by singers, comedians and dancers. Really recommended.
Flò Lounge Bar
(Viale Michelangiolo 82, Florence) Located a short distance from Piazzale Michelangelo, the Flò is the summer location of the Otel Varietè and the most popular summer club in the city. The place is hidden among the trees but offers a breathtaking view of the historic center of Florence. Always very popular with kids of all ages.
Full Up Club
(Via della Vigna Vecchia 23R, Florence) Open from Thursday to Saturday from 11.30pm to 4am.
Located near Piazza della Signoria, the Full Up is both a club and an English pub, one of the longest-standing meeting points for the nightlife of Florence . The entrance looks like a classic English-style beer hall, while the disco is located on the lower floor, housed in the basement of a historic building and usually frequented by a young and international crowd, including many tourists. The cocktails are excellent and the music on offer alternates according to the day of the week, including live music, Latin American rhythms, hip hop, house music and student parties.
Club 21 (ex Andromeda)
(Via dei Cimatori 13r, Florence) Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11.30pm to 4am.
Currently one of the best clubs in Florence , Club 21 offers international music and atmosphere, hosting many famous DJs.
(Via Michele Mercati 24b, Florence) Founded in 1945, the FLOG (Fondazione Lavoratori Officine Galileo) is a historic social center of Florence, located on the Montughi hill. The watchwords are fun and sport: inside the FLOG there are, in fact, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a disco and dance floor ( Arena Estiva ). Numerous reviews and events take place here, such as the Music Festival of the Peoples and the Ethnomusical Film Review, while concerts of all kinds are organized in the auditorium, with a capacity of over 1000 people.
(Via Palazzuolo 37, Florence) Open every day from 10.00pm to 4.00am.
The Space Club is one of the largest discos in Florence , capable of accommodating up to 800 people and located near the Santa Maria Novella station. Inside, the large dance floor offers spectacular light effects, while the best DJs play the latest international hits. The club is very popular with both locals and many tourists and university students in their 25s. The many themed evenings always guarantee maximum entertainment.
Bamboo Lounge Club
(Via Giuseppe Verdi 57, Florence) Open every day from 18.00 to 3.00.
Club located in the historic center of Florence that offers lounge music, House, hip hop rhythms and commercial music.
(Via del Castello D'Altafronte 16r, Florence) Open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday from 24.00 to 4.00.
The Blue Velvet is one of the chicest clubs in the city with a trendy and international atmosphere. The Blue Velvet aims to be an exclusive and elegant club that organizes high-level evenings with famous DJs at the console. The interior is furnished with elegant chandeliers and mirrors where the color blue predominates, among velvets, tapestries, sofas and walls. The disco is also frequented by celebrities and football players, and often hosts private events and theme nights. Also try the excellent cocktails, including the special "Blue Velvet" .
(Via dei Pandolfini 23r, Florence) Open Tuesday and Thursday from 11.30pm to 4am, Friday and Saturday from 11.30pm to 4.30am, Sunday from 11pm to 4am.
The Babylon Club is a small disco located in the historic center of Florence which offers evenings with House and commercial music, accompanied by extravagant entertainment shows.
(Via S. Biagio a Petriolo 2, Florence) Open Wednesdays from 11.00pm to 4.00am, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30pm to 4.00am.
Manduca fashionable club that offers excellent aperitifs, dinners and evenings with house and commercial music, complete with entertainment shows. In the external garden there is a swimming pool with 3 bars.
Bars and pubs in Florence
Cafè de Paris
(Piazza Dalmazia 7, Florence) Open every day from 18.00 to 2.00.
Located next to the Cinema Flora , the Cafè de Paris is a refined and design bar, recommended for its excellent and rich aperitifs. There is also live music every Sunday.
(Via Porta Rossa 63, Florence) Open Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 2.30.
Lo Slowly is both a bar and a small restaurant that offers excellent aperitifs and dinners. Different themed cuisines are offered every Wednesday ranging from Jamaican dishes to typical Lebanese and Indian dishes. After dinner there is live music with DJ sessions.
(Via di S. Niccolò 55, Florence) Open from Monday to Saturday from 7.30 to 2.00, Sunday from 8.30 to 1.00.
Historic restaurant in Florence located in a recently renovated 16th-century building, Rifrullo offers aperitifs, brunches, light lunches or cheap but tasty dinners. Excellent cocktails that can also be enjoyed comfortably seated in the welcoming summer garden. Culinary tastings are organized every Wednesday, while on Sundays don't miss the brunch or the evening aperitif with DJ set.
(Viale Antonio Gramsci 1/5 R, Florence) Open every day from 18.00 to 2.30.
The Kitsch is a bar (or rather two bars) famous for its original furnishings and for its delicious and rich aperitifs, among the best in all of Florence. In reality, there are two clubs distinct from each other, the Kitsch Bar and the Kitsch Devx , both with a joyful and bubbly atmosphere. As you can guess from the name, the two rooms have deliberately tasteless furnishings, but for this reason they are very characteristic, with a jumble of objects with different styles and belonging to different eras.
Il Kitsch undoubtedly offers one of the best aperitifs in Florence (or rather "apericena" ), which takes place every day from 19.30 to 22.30, with a huge and varied buffet and dishes ranging from first courses to second courses, up to appetizers and side dishes of all kinds, to satisfy even the most refined palates. Although the bar is always very busy, the quality of the food is very high. After 10.30 pm, on the other hand, the place mainly offers hamburgers and frankfurters for all those who feel peckish even late at night. Highly recommended.
(Via di Novoli 75, Florence) Open every day from 9.00 to 2.00.
The Baraka Cafè is the ideal place for any moment of the day, from breakfast to lunch, until the evening with tasty aperitifs accompanied by good background music ranging from jazz, lounge and soul music.
The William Pub
(Via Antonio Magliabechi 7, Florence) Open every day from 11.00 to 3.00.
Located near Piazza Santa Croce, The William is a very popular English pub, especially by foreign tourists. Here you can listen to good live music while having a bite to eat or a beer. Come here early if you want to get a seat.
(Via dei Renai 13, Florence) Open every day from 9.00 to 2.00.
Zoe's bar is a great place for an aperitif and to start the night. Overlooking a pretty square, the bar offers a wonderful view of the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. In addition to the exceptional classic and original cocktails (such as the "Californian cuba libre" and the "tropical mojito" ), the bar also offers thematic aperitifs, temporary exhibitions of paintings and DJ sets with electronic and house music.
Casa del Vino
(Via dell'Ariento 16r, Florence) Open Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 15.30, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 22.00.
Located near the central market, the Casa del Vino is the oldest wine bar in Florence, still furnished with the original 19th century furnishings: here you can taste excellent fine wines, including the ever-present Chianti.
Le Volpi e L'Uva
(Piazza dei Rossi 1R, Florence) Open from Monday to Saturday from 11.00 to 21.00.
Authentic Tuscan wine shop, located near Palazzo Pitti. Here too you can taste some of the best wines, accompanied by local cold cuts and cheeses. Everything is enhanced by the wonderful panorama that can be admired from its terrace.
(Via Roma 1, Florence) Open every day from 7.30 to 24.00.
Gilli café in Florence that offers excellent liqueurs and fine wines, but is famous above all for its desserts and hot chocolates. The interiors are furnished in an Art Nouveau style and feature magnificent chandeliers and wood panelling. To visit.