Happy Hour in Florence

An aperitivo is essentially Italy’s take on a happy hour. One of the best places to enjoy one in Florence is L’Ortone, a cosy bar with a huge wine menu. They also serve up some really fantastic and large plates of food to devour with your aperitivo, like quiche and fried polenta. It draws a large international crowd, and you should go there on a Tuesday if you like jazz.

Happy hour generally happens between 6pm and 9pm in Florence, and Caffe’ Letterario le Murate is a great spot to try. There’s a light menu, and as it’s next to the university, the prices are reasonable. You might be able to see a book reading or live music here, and you can grab a spritzer and sit in the courtyard to watch the magic unfold. For something a little trendier, head to SLOWLY instead. It’s modern and stylish, and you can nibble on fried sage if you’re feeling a bit hipster.

Head over to the Ponte Vecchio area and enjoy a cocktail at Fusion bar, part of the Hotel Gallery Art. There’s a terrace with a beautiful view, and plates of food are always served with your drink. Nearby you’ll find Open bar, with fun quirky cocktails and a buffet.

Next to Santa Croce square there’s Moyo. Despite being in a touristy area, it’s also popular with locals. The bar offers large plates of food with your drink, and the menu changes through the week. It’s quite relaxed during the day, then turns into more of a club in the evenings.

Finally, if you’re looking for the kind of bar that Hemingway would drink in, go to L’Art Bar. Here you’ll find the city’s bohemians drinking all kinds of freshly made cocktails in happy hour. It’s a small, charming bar, just a few minutes walk from the Duomo.