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Universale, Florence

77/r Via Pisana
Tel: 39 055 221 122's insider take:

Housed in a stylishly converted cinema building, the Universale is located just out of the center of town in the Oltrarno district. A big, flashy, multipurpose entertainment venue done out in an eclectic, retro style, it centers on a huge oval bar and a sweeping double staircase that wouldn't look out of place on an ocean liner. Downstairs, there's a giant video screen and club area, while diners at one of the two restaurants on the upper level can watch the action from the tables on the balustrade. Universale attracts a more figlio di papà (spoiled rich kid) crowd than its main rival Tenax, which is for hard-line clubbers of all persuasions and income brackets.

Closed June to September, Wednesday through Sunday.

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