iSaloni in Milan is approaching so fast and Milan is a city with a lot of activity and beautiful places to visit. The art of the aperitivo, that quintessential Italian experience of an early-evening, predinner cocktail, is a centuries-old tradition—and it’s one that the Milanese have perfected (along with inimitable style and sprezzatura, of course. From mixing Negronis on a sleek rooftop pool deck to serving Sazeracs in an Art Deco gem, these old-school cocktail institutions and chic new upstarts have proven they know a thing or two about mixology—and the ingredients that make up an unbeatable happy hour. Today we present you a luxury guide for the top 5 of Chic Bars in Milan!
Envisioned by design firm Studio Peregalli, this Art Deco jewel box on the top floor of the Museo del Novecento overlooks the resplendent Piazza del Duomo. A gleaming cocktail bar is surrounded with 1930s decorative touches, such as vintage lacquered furniture, Beaux Arts brasswork, and paneled walls covered with geometric patterns from Erte paintings. Sip a drink on the iron-and-glass loggia and take in the views.
Il Bar at Bulgari Hotel
There isn’t a more picturesque cocktail hour in town than the one at Il Bar—the hidden garden lined with boxwood topiaries at the Bulgari Hotel. Don’t miss out on house classics like the Bulgari, a signature mix of gin, Aperol, fresh orange juice, pineapple, and lime juice, which comes with an assortment of piattini.
Named for a Northern Italian aperitif, Ugo serves craft cocktails in a dimly lit warren of rooms just off the Naviglio Grande. Though the menu includes a creative range, the emphasis here is on gin, with over 40 labels and counting. Opt for the Gin Negroni or try the Monkey 47, with juniper berries and 1724 tonic water.
Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada
Designed by director Wes Anderson, the new café at Fondazione Prada is the perfect place to unwind with a drink after an art-filled day at the museum. Patterned wallpaper prints, Formica chairs in bright pastels, terrazzo floors, and pinball machines create an atmosphere with a quirky, retro feel.
On the rooftop of fashion label Dsquared2’s headquarters, you’ll find what’s possibly the best view of Milan. Within walking distance of the Brera and Corso Como neighborhoods, Ceresio 7 has a polished, clean-lined design that almost feels like being transported to midcentury Palm Springs (but with a decidedly Italian twist). It’s best experienced on a warm evening, sitting alfresco next to one of the bar’s two reflecting pools among a supremely well-dressed crowd.
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