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The Lounge, Florence

9–10/r Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Tel: 39 055 264 5282's insider take:

Upstairs in this bar-restaurant attached to JK Place, the mood is contemporary retro; it feels like a cool private members' club, enlivened by huge mirrors and zebra-striped fabric. Downstairs, though, the scene changes completely in an all-white chill-out room that has something of the Moloko Plus bar from A Clockwork Orange—and it gets even weirder when the color-phasing lights turn the room pink, then green. Because of its fairly hidden nature, this evenings-only venue is a good option for a cocktail or after-dinner drink away from the crowds. If the pink glow gets too much, you can always move to the outside terrace on the recently pedestrianized piazza.

Closed Mondays.

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