When and Where to Go
There’s never a bad time to experience Florence’s nightlife. In the quieter seasons, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of fewer crowds, while over spring and summer you can sit outside and enjoy your drink under the hot Tuscan sun.
Most of the large clubs are around Oltrarno, south of the river. For a quieter evening, head to the area around Piazza della Signoria.
For dancing and clubbing, Flo Lounge Bar at Piazzale Michelangelo is the place to go. Not only is it an outdoor club, but its setting at the piazzale means you’ll get the best view of Florence in the entire city. Space Electronic is another popular club, with a massive dancefloor and a really diverse mix of people.
Head to Club Twice at Piazza Santa Croce to party with the locals. There’s a relaxed lounge area and a buzzing dance floor, although you should keep in mind that most clubs have a dress code.
If you feel like sampling some regional wine, there’s no shortage of wine bars in Florence. Le Volpi and L’Uve is one of the best places to sit and enjoy a tipple, and the owners can recommend the best salami and cheese plates to pair your drink with. Casa del Vino looks like a classic Italian enoteca (wine bar). For something traditional but not wine related, go to Negroni. This bar invented the Negroni cocktail in the 1920s, and is just as popular as it ever was.
If you love beer, head to Archea Brewery. It’s a microbrewery near Ponte Carraia, with a fine selection of beers from around the world. Diorama Bar is another option, which doesn’t look great from the outside, but has a large selection of beers on tap and a delicious food menu. If it’s a warm evening, relax on the terrace of Williams Pub and sip a refreshing glass of cider.