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Il Baretto, Milan

Carlton Hotel Baglioni
7 Via Senato
Italy 20121
Tel: 39 02 781 255's insider take:

Tourists might be attracted by Milan's new fashion-brand bars, like the tiny Gucci terrace outside the label's miniboutique inside the Galleria, or Dolce & Gabbana's fussy '30s-Shanghai-meets-'80s–New York Martini Bar at the back of the duo's men's store in Corso Venezia. But when making aperitivo appointments in the fashion district, real insiders plump for this hidden jewel, tucked away on the ground floor of the otherwise undistinguished Hotel Baglioni. The trick is knowing that there is a back entrance to the hotel on the boutique drag of Via della Spiga: Just ring the bell at the end of the passageway at No. 6 to be buzzed in. The bar hasn't been here for long, but you wouldn't know that from the ultra-trad decor (wooden paneling, stylish tan armchairs, tartan carpet) and the equally lived-in waiters. Order a dry martini and slip into the Harry's Bar vibe.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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