To Top
Cocktail Bar Drink

Bar Basso

The inventors of Negroni Sbagliato and the first place to introduce the aperitivo

It’s a well-known fact that in Milan, the aperitif is an institution and the places where you can sip a good drink before dinner aren’t lacking throughout the city, no question. But to experience this ritual in an environment that is unique and rich with tradition, which transpires history and accounts, no place can rival Bar Basso, a true Milanese monument.

It was the first Milanese locale, at the end of the 60s, to introduce the aperitif to the public, which up until then was an exclusive prerogative of the big international hotel lounge bars, and since then it has served drinks to three generations of clients.

From outside the red neon sign that looks like it was written by hand promises a vintage atmosphere. Once you enter you feel like you are transported to another time: wood counter with gold trim, crystal lamps, warm lights, waiters in uniform little tie and all and those little red napkins on the table that immediately bring the 80s to mind.

Don’t expect a happy hour buffet or loud but cheap “appetizers”. Here the aperitif is true to tradition and to the very meaning of the term: drink (and what a drink!) accompanied by nuts, olives and chips to whet your appetite not ruin it.

The cocktails are the undisputed stars of the show, the first being the now legendary Negroni Sbagliato, which emerged right here in 1968, when the famous owner and head barman Mirko Stocchetto used bubbly instead of gin by accident. They serve it with one solid block of oversize ice and a slice of orange in huge glasses 31 centimeters tall, designed by Stocchetto himself and made to order by a Venetian business. It’s a matter of style.

On the other hand, Bar Basso has always been closely tied with the world of design. It’s been a popular haunt for great designers since the 60s, and is still visited by many loyal architects and artists to this day. This is a place you don’t want to miss out on during the days of the Salone del Mobile, when young creators from around the world flood the locale and its surroundings, but it’s just as good when you want an aperitif “like the old days”.

We can't. That's why every week we share the best experiences
Milan has to offer.

You may be also interested in...

Aperitif in Porta Romana in Milan: the best spots

Per aprire la classifica su Google Maps, clicca qui. Passing the large arch that stands out in Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, and the imposing Milanese wellness building, QC Terme, embraced by the ancient Spanish walls, the lively district of Porta Romana welcomes us between historic signs and new trends. Once a residential area and not very dedicated to nightlife, [...]

Aperitif in Brera: 5 spots

To open the ranking on Google Maps, click here. With the beginning of September, Milan returns teeming and effervescent, just like its busy inhabitants, to start the year full of purpose and initiative, but without giving up the golden hour of the aperitif, a true Milanese institution par excellence. Brera, a neighborhood with a bohemian soul [...]

Summer with NIO’s ready to drink cocktails

Per leggere quest'articolo in italiano, clicca qui. We are all in turmoil, awaiting the arrival of summer and warm sunny days and, above all, of the holidays. In recent months we have dreamed of sand underfoot, chatter by the pool and outdoor dinners with friends. I bet you can imagine yourself in these recurring dreams [...]

Apollo Club Milano

Via Giosuè Borsi, 9/2 20143 Milano

An exclusive club. A secret tasting like whiskey and the ‘20s in US. This is the first impression you have of the Apollo Club Milano just crossed the threshold. You are literally hypnotized by the dark wood counter, the leather sofas, the crystal chandeliers and the piano. The environment is dark but not heavy: it is simply hidden, [...]

Feeling in Provence at Tibi

Per leggere questo articolo in italiano, clicca qui. Indie is a word born in the world of music and cinema to define all those realities far from the establishment of big production companies, as a shorthand for independent. Over time, the word has begun to designate a particular mood: sincere and genuine authorial aesthetics, the taste of quality craftsmanship. [...]