Per leggere l’articolo in italiano, clicca qui.
To open the rank on Google Maps, click here.
Milanese rituals, along with the new and curious trend of weekend brunches, seem well-intentioned to slow down the continuous (and sometimes over-the-top) frenzy of the city. The aperitif is a relaxation remedy and a cure for the long work weeks, office days, and exams. It gives you a moment of fun, socializing, and chatting.
Milan offers a plethora of experiences where it’s almost hard to keep track of everything, with the unfortunate chance of finding a place that turns out to be a flop. What do you do and where do you to go?
With quality food and drinks and a beautiful location, the recipe for the perfect aperitif is complete, and you can return home afterward with a smile.
Hotels, which crowd the streets of Milan, not only offer this complete aperitif experience but act as a meeting point for travelers around the world to broaden their inner circles.
Therefore, we wanted to create a ranking for you that lists the places that have stolen our hearts. Among enchanting gardens, terraces, and designer spaces, excellent buffets and gourmet appetizers, Italian cocktails and exotic twists, music and relaxed atmospheres, here is our selection of the places to be in Milan.
H CLUB>DIANA | SHERATON DIANA MAJESTIC
Viale Piave, 42
One of the trendiest places in the city, H Club>Diana, inside the prestigious Sheraton Diana Majestic hotel, has a lounge atmosphere that, from its large indoor room, expands into the outdoor “zen” garden. Here, among comfortable wicker sofas, lush plants, and waterfalls, under the warm sun and clear Milanese summer sky, the aperitifs are glamorous. To finish your day, enjoy happy hour every day from 19:00 until the evening and indulge yourself in the buffet provided (appetizers, finger foods, gourmet delicacies, first courses, main courses and desserts from the chefs). Finally, to quench your thirst, the skilled mixologists will take care of you with excellent cocktails, both traditional and bold.
THE LOUNGE BAR | THE WESTIN PALACE, MILAN
Piazza della Repubblica, 20
A landmark of hospitality and quality since 1951, The Westin Palace, Milan lights up the Milanese skyline with its 5-star service and greets the beauty of Old Town from above. Here, they offer a refined experience, where you can enjoy cocktails prepared by the bartenders with the best seasonal ingredients, accompanied by appetizers in a charming venue. The hotel’s Lounge Bar is not only a meeting place for travelers and businessmen from all over the world but also the perfect place for a break from the chaos of everyday life. If you really don’t want to leave, you can stop for dinner at the PanEvo Restaurant, located on the beautiful terrace during the summer months!
TERRAZZA GALLIA | EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA
Piazza Duca D’Aosta, 9
Located on the seventh floor of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, the Gallia Terrace is one of the most elegant in the city and reminds its guests of the Big Apple. Here, you can relish in a perfect view of the majesty of Centrale Station and the new architecture in the Porta Nuova area during a quality aperitif. The dishes and appetizers by chefs Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano are a forge of flavors, along with masterfully prepared drinks and wine labels.
Via Andegari, 9
A mix of modern music, good food, exclusive cocktails, and a relaxed atmosphere, the Mandarin Bar & Bistrot is the heart of the Mandarin Hotel. Divided into three rooms (bar-bistro, indoor lounge, and outdoor courtyard with sofas, tables, and soft lighting), this is the perfect after-dinner spot, especially for aperitifs. From 18:00 onwards, when the lights go down, the mixologists are locked and loaded at the bar to amaze guests with classic Italian drinks that have an exotic twist.
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7/B
Hotel Bvlgari’s Bar welcomes guests and lovers of Milanese nightlife to a luxurious and timelessly charming 18th-century villa. What is striking about this locale, in addition to the excellent service, is the beautiful, quiet garden. This green oasis dotted with comfortable sofas is the perfect setting for a much-needed break from everyday life, accompanied by a delicious menu. From 6:30 pm on, you can enjoy seasonal cocktails from the barmen, opt for a glass of excellent wine, or let the kitchen deliver some mouth-watering appetizers straight to your table.
IL FOYER | FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MILANO
Via Gesù, 6/8
This retro lounge bar at the prestigious Four Season Hotel is refinement at its finest. You can enjoy cocktails by Luca Angeli, whose signature drink is the gin and tonic, available in such variations as thyme and strawberry. The music is an integral part of the experience at Il Foyer, where a live piano will wrap you in an embrace of infinite elegance. If you need to impress someone, you know where to go.
MIO LAB | PARK HYATT
Via Silvio Pellico, 3
An aperitif in a beautiful location like this, overlooking the city skyline, can easily carry on into late in the evening. This classy lounge is guarded inside the Park Hyatt Hotel, in the heart of Milan’s historic city center. While the Gallery is only a few blocks away, hotel guests stay here to enjoy the star of Mio Lab: the drinks. The marble bar commands the room as the stage where mixologist Oscar Quagliarini makes his creations.
Piazza della Repubblica, 13
The right group of friends, a breathtaking view and deep-house music in the background: the prerequisites for a magical evening are already there. To all this, you have to add a wide drink list, suitable for a heterogeneous clientele – which for the aperitif can be accompanied by tasty snacks and tapas – and a spectacular sunset: the result is that you will never want to leave. This is what usually happens on the tenth floor of the ME Milan il Duca hotel, where there is a unique place called Radio Rooftop Bar: an energetic space with chic and glamorous ambiences and an international soul.
SKY TERRACE BAR | Hotel Milano Scala
Via dell’Orso, 7
In the heart of Brera, on the top floor of the first green hotel with zero emissions in the city. The Sky Terrace Bar of the Hotel Milano Scala is a total green oasis from which, in addition to admiring the most iconic places of the city, until you meet the Alps, you can enjoy dishes “at zero pace”, entirely organic and healthy. The pleasures of the view, in fact, are accompanied by those for the palate: the cuisine of the bar-restaurant, devoted to healthy food, adheres to the concept of Green&Glocal and offers finger dishes and appetizers entirely organic and healthy.
ROOFTOP BAR | HOTEL DEI CAVALIERI
Piazza Missori, 1
The Terrace of the Hotel dei Cavalieri, overlooking the Baroque Church of Sant’Alessandro, offers a unique perspective on the city. Perfect also for organizing a lively event that deserves to be celebrated in an exclusive setting, but above all ideal for a happy hour with a view of the oldest roofs of the capital. It is no coincidence that, because of its charm, it has often been chosen by many directors and film makers as a set for advertising and international film productions.
Via Aristotile Fioravanti, 4
Bulk Bar (related to Morelli restaurant at the same civic) is the product of the experience and insatiable desire of Chef Giancarlo Morelli to explore the universe of taste – which has definitely branded this Mixology food bar with its famous creativity: making an aperitif here is a continuous discovery of unusual flavors and combinations. The location does not hide an elaborate design and preserves a dynamic and youthful atmosphere from which you are enveloped at all hours.
TERRAZZA ARIA | SINA THE GRAY
Via San Raffaele, 6
La Terrazza Aria is the open-air lounge of the boutique design hotel Sina The Gray, opened for the summer season. The realm of lively aperitifs, which are also marked by live DJ sets on scheduled days: every Wednesday and Friday respectively labeled “Home Sweet Home” and “Weekend in the city” (so keep an eye on the calendar of events!). An ideal location to face the summer heat of the city centre, relax, have fun and enjoy a bit of fresh air – from which, in fact, the name takes its inspiration
LIQUIDAMBAR | HOTEL MAGNA PARS SUITES
Via Forcella, 6
The Liquidambar is accessed through a secret door in copper, made by the hands of artists of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Once you have crossed the threshold, the scenario that opens before your eyes is that of a cocktail bar sophisticated in both style and proposals. The long bar in fine white onyx reigns supreme in the dining room; outside, however, awaits an enchanting garden, the ideal cradle for your break from the hectic world of Milan. Small tip: every Thursday, the aperitif is “Olfactory”! Go and find out.
P.zza XXIV Maggio, 8
Once you’ve crossed the threshold, you feel a bit like in Old England and a bit like in every corner of the world: lovers of Oscar Wilde and dandyism, in fact, to breathe a good dose of vintage air can only visit The Doping Club – the cocktail bar of the hotel The Yard Milano. Soft lights, comfortable sofas, and then a battalion of vintage objects that, loaded with value, are transformed into unique pieces of furniture, are the set for a happy hour of yesteryear. The cocktails are as experimental and original as the location (mark the Cute But Psycho, for example), the only gourmet food (taste the pizzas!).
TERRAZZA DUOMO 21 | TOWN HOUSE DUOMO
Piazza Duomo, 21
Ideal after a shopping session with friends or for a drink after work with colleagues, in the heart of the historic center of Milan. Terrazza Duomo 21, which has a lounge with 80 seats and a terrace with 40 seats, is open all day and awaits you with its picturesque view: in front of you the majesty of the Duomo, which you never get tired of looking at. Among the flagships of the super club in vogue in the city are the Martini, in different versions, which are backed by wines, beers, champagne from around the world and that go well with the selection of dishes of the kitchen.
Corso di Porta Nuova, 1
A few steps from the Teatro alla Scala, from the Quadrilatero della Moda, from the Brera district there is a microcosm of enveloping light, precious works of art and antique furnishings, marbles and precious woods: Palazzo Parigi, which also boasts a centuries-old garden, is pure elegance. A characteristic that inevitably reflects and contaminates the spaces of its lounge bar Caffé Parigi: a place where haute cuisine and good drink intersect. Sip the excellent wines coming directly from the cellar of the structure, enjoy your cocktail mixed with the best spirits and relax in the indoor room or in the green outside. The time spent here is only of quality.
PRINCIPE BAR MILANO | HOTEL PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA
Piazza della Repubblica, 17
Prince Bar’s statement of style is first and foremost a statement of style. The interior was designed by Thierry Despont: once inside, the eye is captivated by the spectacular 5,000 piece chandelier that illuminates the room and counter. Fine labels of spirits, liqueurs and bitters are the basis for the creative cocktails that you might like to taste, while teasing, for example, the excellent canapés. Every Thursday, then, the situation becomes more lively with the Italian Aperitif: in the background there will be the classics of music ’70s – ’80s – ’90s.
STRAFBAR | STRAFHOTEL
Via San Raffaele, 3
Street window of the famous STRAFhotel (member of Design Hotel), reference point for travelers and true lovers of Milanese nightlife, as well as near the home of the Duomo. The STRAFbar reflects the concept and style of the hotel structure: the interiors, studied in detail, play on the mix of ultra modern pieces and recycled objects and furniture from the 70s. Careful but not formal, it is a happy island made of chats and aperitifs animated by live music and DJ sets: from sunset onwards the sounds of the music selection come alive and the street happy hour is always extended until late at night.
LATITUDE 45 ROOFTOP | PALAZZO MATTEOTTI
Corso Matteotti, 4/6
A modern and creative cuisine – although linked to our traditions – , impeccable service and, as the icing on the cake, a breathtaking view. On the eighth floor of Palazzo Matteotti, the terrace Latitude 45 Rooftop, overlooking the historic center greeting the Duomo from above, delights customers at all times of day The aperitifs are branded by the elegance and quality of the proposals: events, cocktail parties, private dinners that you could also organize would be a guaranteed success.
PRIVè BAR E GARDEN BAR | ENTERPRISE HOTEL
Corso Sempione, 91
The gastronomic soul of the Enterprise Hotel is divided into two parts: a bistro (complete with a dome made of gold leaves), dominated by a retro modern style with colourful 1970s geometries that contaminate the furnishings, and a winter garden. In the first, aperitifs are enjoyed in the presence of opalescent mosaics that dot the columns in space; in the second, instead, refreshing drinks – perhaps a “Red Planet”? – sipping surrounded by exotic plants and lanterns. Right here, everything seems to want to catapult over the borders and introduce us to distant countries.
BAR MEZZANOTTE | Château Monfort
Corso Concordia, 1
The aperitif at Bar Mezzanotte can only start with a “Il Viaggio di Milano”, the signature cocktail of Château Monfort; but first look up and admire the crystal dome above you: a magnificent thin line that separates you from the sky, so perfectly visible. The Lounge Bar in question is a real place to be not to be missed to celebrate any occasion: whether it’s a simple evening with friends, a romantic date or a private event, the result will always be the same. Fairytale.