Best entertainment locations in Florence
Where to go for a good late-night cocktail
Home of the Renaissance and cradle of art and architecture, Florence is also a melting pot of fashionable venues, where there’s always an opportunity to break from the weekly routine and join friends until the early hours for music, concerts and state-of-the-art cocktails.
Among classic favourites, new openings and great summer pop-ups, here are the night spots offering drinks and events to suit all tastes.
Santa Cocktail Club
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 1
ph. +39 337 1625009
Set in one of Florence’s most beautiful squares, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Santa Cocktail Club is the perfect place for an evening to remember. It’s open until late, and visitors can enjoy the cool summer air along with innovative cocktails mixed by exceptional bartenders who create fresh new flavours in an atmosphere that’s young, vibrant and distinctive in both flavour and appearance. A real melting pot of international experiences that provides an all-round sensory experience.
Piazza Strozzi, 5r
ph. +39 055 286601
It’s not only a cocktail bar, it’s also a landmark in the city for anyone seeking the best cocktail selection and wines from top Italian and international labels. These include the products of the wine-growing estate of the same name, Colle Bereto. All can be sampled and enjoyed to the sounds of DJ sets and world music. Upstairs, the Colle Bereto Private Club, with tables subject to booking, is the ideal setting for any event, while retaining its unmistakable style: unforgettable evenings and events of glamorous fun.
Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 1
ph. +39 055 284874
Famous DJs, performers and live music are the standout features of The Lodge, the innovative diner and cocktail bar surrounded by the gardens of Piazzale Michelangelo, which enlivens the Florentine evenings seven nights a week. It’s a place of entertainment with a deeply international approach and stunning views over the city. The most exciting place to be, especially throughout the Florentine summer.
Via Gusciana, 27
ph. +39 328 9666268
A genuine secret garden in the heart of Florence. Serre Torrigiani is the distillation of care and love of beauty, art and history. As you cross the threshold, a magnificent Italian garden opens up, inviting the gaze to take in the view. All the food and cocktails on offer are enriched by the herbs grown in the Torrigiani glasshouses, run with skill and devotion for generations. Imagination, creativity and passion combine with the charm and uniqueness of this extraordinary place to give an exceptional experience. The perfect place to listen to live music from the latest bands and DJs.
Via delle Seggiole, 12
ph. +39 055 906718
A restaurant and cocktail bar that effortlessly combines Renaissance aesthetics and contemporary style in a dimension somewhere between historical and avant-garde, in which the value of craftsmanship and the selection of materials are indispensable. This is Locale, set in the historic Palazzo Concini in Via delle Seggiole, once home to the Medici family. People come to this magical Renaissance/Medieval setting to sample the cocktails created by bar manager Matteo Di Ienno. Innovation is the key to his cocktail list, which ranges from the great classics to signature creations, served from aperitif time to late at night.
Piazza della Signoria, 5r
ph. +39 055 214412
When you hear the name Rivoire, you immediately think of the most delicious chocolate in town. The historical Caffè Rivoire is mainly known in its daytime guise as a high-end coffee and chocolate house, but in the evenings, bartender Elisa Randi comes into her own. From the timeless Negroni Experience to brand-new inventions, Elisa’s cocktail list is always in line with the latest trends, and the results are always delicate and balanced. In continuation with its noble past, Rivoire brings maximum care, sensibility and respect to beckon the new generations, creating the perfect alchemy of tradition and modernity.
Piazza della Repubblica, 31-35r
ph. +39 055 210236
With its frescoed rooms and little tables on Piazza della Repubblica, one of Florence’s best-known squares, Caffè Paszkowski gives the impression it belongs to a delightful period which, in Florence, is constantly reemerging. This has been a gathering place since 1846, and today it brings joy to Florentine evenings with live music and designer cocktails. Here tradition never grows old, but is renewed one cocktail at a time from generation to generation.
Piazza di Cestello, 10
ph. +39 331 1358259
An entertainment space where mixology, design and excellent cuisine come together to create a special concept. The Stellar is the new florentine place to connect and meet late into the night perhaps over a good cocktail. Here extracts are made with excellent raw materials for tailor-made drinks that match the dishes, in a tasting itinerary that satisfies the most adventurous palates.