After Work Like A Local – Great Aperitivo in Milan

Aperivo in Naviglio, Milan. Photo: Flickr Crearive Commons/ Irene Grassi

Buonasera! It’s time for the Italian after work and happy hour: aperitivo!

One of the best ways we know to spend a warm summer evening after work or studies is to sit back and relax with friends while sipping on your favourite cocktail or a glass of good wine. This year all eyes are on the hot spot of the Italian bustling cultural city Milan, and not only because of the Milan Expo 2015 taking place until 31st October 2015.

Sometimes referred to be the native city of aperitivo, the after work culture in Milan is rather delightful: for the price of a drink, let it be typically a cocktail or a glass of prosecco you will get to enjoy some delicious quick bites, finger food or sometimes even entire dishes depending on the place and the occasion.

1. Frida Isola

Frida Isola in Milan
Photo: Frida Isola

This alternative, hip and bohemian bar is often described to define the spirit of Isola. Frida is proudly presenting a list of 80 different cocktails, and for example the price for a beer is 5 euros. According to a comment of a visitor on TripAdvisor: “Nice people, nice service, well priced and you won’t leave the place hungry! Kind of alternative. If you are looking for white tablecloth – not your place!”

Address: Via Pollaiuolo, 3.

2. Rebelot

Rebelot in Milan
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Rebelot offers some of the tastiest cocktails in Milan on the popular and picturesque nightlife area of Navigli. This is the hot spot for all the hispters out there, since the bar takes a lot of effort to provide the best quality food and drink experiences. Give it a go for example for a Martini mixed with a good blackberry liquor, enjoyed with a delicious fish dish. Or f you’re more into exploring wine, Rebelot features a unique wine selection from the most passionate wine producers!

Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55

3. Ghea

Ghea restaurant Milan
Photo: GHEA

If you prefer vegetarian or vegan alternatives or just wish to try something new instead of beef-eating, consider this vegan lush buffet located in the lively Navigli area. All meals are dairy-free and meat-free and every dish is besides a mouth-watering treat, also a visual and artistic experience. If you arrive with a bigger group, making a reservation is recommended. Ghea is also great for organising events, such as birthdays or bachelor(ette) parties.

Address: Via Valenza, 5


4. Yguana Café

Yguana aperitivo in Milan
Photo: Facebook/Paolo Falletta

According to locals, this cocktail bar has rather a magical atmosphere with its giant, fishbowl sized cocktails and a delicious buffet. The food is variable including pizzetta, focaccia, cold pasta and oven pasta, rice, meatballs, vegetables, chicken nuggets and french fries. It is well presented with a quick service, which means altogether a great value for money and happiness guaranteed for the visitors!

Address: Via Papa Gregorio XIV, 16

5. Bhangrabar

Located nearby the Arch of Peace in Corso Sempione, in 2003 opened Bhangrabar offers an alternative, exotic Indian style happy hour. Bhangabar is furnished with original handicrafts straight from India, including some of the most beautiful decorations. This place features an exotic getaway for brunch, lunch and happy hour lasting until 10pm!

Address: Corso Sempione 1

After a great aperitivo tour you’re bound to look for a cheap and cosy place to stay and rest your head! Go ahead and try one of these:

Euro Inn B&B offers cosy and beautifully furnished budget rooms on a quiet area in the centre of Milan. Prices starting from 15.32 €.

Sofia Hostel 2 Milan has new comfortable rooms and is located nearby Corso Como, the famous disco street of Milan. Prices starting from 30.70 €.

Hotel Alba is a family-owned, unique 1-star budget hotel in the beautiful city of Milan. Prices starting from 27.50 €.

P.S. Read also our guide to Milan’s bustling nightlife written by our local experts!