Florence by night offers dozens of options. The places listed below have been recommended by previous students and are worth a try.
Bars and Cool Cafés
If you wish to have an aperitivo with your friends, you may try one of the following bars. Most of them offer “happy hour” from 6.00 to 8.00 pm, good prices for beer and drinks with the possibility of tasting a variety of appetizers and snacks. They normally remain open until late in the evening.
Astor Caffe, Piazza Duomo 20r Tel: 055 287671. Modern cocktail bar with DJ sessions.
Cabiria, Piazza Santo Spirito 4r Tel: 055 215732. Great location: in front of the church of Santo Spirito with out door seating in the summer.
Dolce Vita, Piazza del Carmine Tel: 055 284595. A very trendy Florentine bar.
Rose’s Café, Via del Parione 26 r, Stylish American bar and Japanese restaurant.
Rex Café, Via Fiesolana 25r, Tel: 055 2480331. Good cocktail bar with an interesting mix of foreign and Italian regulars. LIve music.
Pop Café, Piazza Santo Sprito, Tel: 055 211201. Café with good food and Japanese sushi on Wednesdays.
Zoe, Via dei Renai 15r, Tel: 055 2431111. A very “in” bar where you can meet students from the university of Florence.
Noir, Lungarno Corsini 12r, Tel 055 210751. Very trendy bar. Brunch on Sunday
Jazz Club, Via Nuova de’ Caccini 3, Tel: 055 247 9700. A good place to listen to live jazz in town with jam sessions every Tuesday. They require you to join their club by signing up for a social card (5Euros)
Latin Bars Kikuya, Via de’ Benci 43r, Tel: 055 2344879. Brazilian pub with great sandwiches. Salamanca , Via Ghibellina 80 r. Good place if you wish to try some Spanish specialties.
Pubs English and Irish style pubs where you can have a pint of beer and feel at home are popping up all over town. Below you can find the address of the most centrally located ones. Public House, Via palazzuolo 27/R, Italian beers, Soccer games on tv, and live music.
Fiddler’s Elbow, Piazza S. M. Novella, Tel: 055 515056. Irish pub.
Old Stove Porcellino, Via Pellicceria 2-6r, Tel: 055 284640. Irish Pub with a variety of ciders and beers.
Old Stove Signoria, Piazza Signoria, in front of the fountain. Irish Pub with a variety of ciders and beers.
Disco/ Clubs / Live music Rex Café, Via Fiesolana 25r, Tel: 055 2480331. Good cocktail bar with an interesting mix of foreign and Italian regulars. Live music.
Plaz, Via Pietrapiana, 36/R, aperitivo, restaurant, live music. Outside tables - from May to October - under the Loggia del Pesce.
La Cantinetta, Via della Scala 7 (corner with Piazza Santa Maria Novella), wine bar, Tuscan restaurant, Live music.
Public House, Via palazzuolo 27/R, Pub, Live music.
Twenty One, Via de’ Cimatori 13, Very centrally located disco, where you can meet a lot of foreigners.
Meccano’, Viale degli Olmi 1, Tel: 055 331371. Very modern disco with techno and drum and bass music.
Tenax, Via Pratese 46., Tel: 055 373050. A bit far away from the town center (you will need to take bus # 29). Disco. Alternative atmosphere, underground music. Italian attendance and audience.
Viper Theatre, Via Pistoiese – Via Lombardia, Far from the city center: take bus # 35 or # 36. Tel. 055318231. Disco and live music (high quality concerts in a HiFi auditorium). Italian attendance and audience.
Auditorium Flog: Via Michele Mercati 24/b, Disco Bar and live music. Italian crowd.
Yab, Via Sassetti 5r,Tel: 055 215160. The ultimate Italian style disco with the latest hip-hop and top hits.
Be Bop, Via dei Servi 76 C Tel: 055 263112. Very crowded little disco with live music and bands playing Beatles, Queen and other covers.
The Red Garter, Via de’ Benci 33r, Tel: 055 263004. A largely American crowd. Jaragua , Via Erta Canina, 12r, Tel: 055 2343600. Good place to go if you wish to dance salsa and merengue. Dance lessons upon request.
Concerts and Musical Events Florence is full of live events throughout the year such as: classical music concerts, jazz concerts, gigs, theatre pieces and other shows. There are some places where the shows are even free. For example, every Monday evening during the academic year, the Conservatorio di Musica Cherubini, Piazza delle Belle Arti 2, offers free classical music concerts. If you love jazz, a place to go is Pinocchio Jazz , Viale Giannotti 13, Tel: 055 683 388. We will keep you updated on all the important happenings in Florence. Always keep an eye on the school notice board! You can also purchase the Firenze Spettacolo Magazine where you will find a list of all the events in the Florence area. It can be bought at any newsstand. You can also visit the website of Firenze Spettacoli where you will find a list of all musical events in Italy.
Theaters in Florence Teatro Comunale Corso Italia 16, Tel: 055 211158.
Teatro della Pergola Via della Pergola, 12, Tel: 055 2479651.
Teatro Verdi Via Ghibellina, 99, Tel: 055 212320.
Movies in English During the week there are some cinemas, which show movies in original language, but the most famous is next to piazza Strozzi: the Cinema Odeon, (Via Sassetti 1), Tel: 055 214968, that has original language movies during the whole week. You can see the program of Odeon here.
Another good place to keep in mind is The British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 23, Tel: 055 267781 which organizes mini-festivals dedicated to various directors with movies and cineforum session in English. There will be cinema brochures available at the front desk as soon as we receive updated information on autumn showings.