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Milan nightlife

Nightlife in Milan is not as raucous as you would expect from a city known as the fashion and design capital of Italy. Outside of the men's and women's fashion weeks, and the furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) in April, Milan nightlife can seem fairly sedate. Partly for climatic reasons (it can get bitterly cold in winter), this is a city of cozy interiors rather than piazzas full of alfresco drinkers. It's no coincidence that Milan's most popular meeting place, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is a covered arcade. But if you know which bars to go to, you'll find a lively aperitivo scene between around 6 and 8 pm, and a good after-hours vibe, especially on weekends. A recent trend toward fashion-label bars and clubs, such as Armani Privé and Just Cavalli Café, has given the Milanese scene a boost—though locals tend to prefer that faithful old corner bar where Giovanni has been mixing his Negronis for the last half-century.

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Il Baretto, Milan

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H Club at Diana Majestic, Milan

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Gasoline, Milan

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Da Claudio, Milan

Landlocked Milan is famous for its fishmongers—and Da Claudio is widely considered to be the best in town. Recently, though, it has also become an...more

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Cape Town, Milan

Looking for the buzz without the pose? This unpretentious bar midway between Porta Genova and Porta Ticinese is the answer. Frequented by creative types rather...more

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Caffé Miani (A.K.A. Zucca In Galleria), Milan

Though there are other bars (and even—the horror, the horror—a McDonald's) inside Milan's glorious Belle Époque shopping mall, the Galleria...more

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Armani Privé, Milan

Although Giorgio's very own nightclub has lost some of the exclusive cachet it had when it opened in 2003, it's still worth a spin, particularly if you're keen...more

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