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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Milan

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It is not difficult to have nice drinks in Milan, you just need to know where to go to. Between annoying teenagers and watered down cocktails, it is easy to goof up on quality.

In years and years of nights out I have collected a list of beloved bars where you can have refined drinks without going home with a headache.

1. LACERBA

Two cocktails on the bar of Lacerba | © Caterina Zanzi

Two cocktails on the bar of Lacerba | © Caterina Zanzi

When I am in for a proper Bloody Mary I leave everything and go to via Orti, behind the yellow line metro stop Crocetta. Regularly a Bloody Mary turns into some Blody Mary’s. And it’s not that I have an alcohol problem, but they prepare it in an incredible way here, and in at least ten different variations. There is the Maria L’Acerba – fyi, my favourite – which is the one with green tabasco and chili pepper vodka. There is the Q.B., a variation with tequila, basil and cinnamon liquor. And then, there is the Yellow Sub-Maria, yellow pepper infused tequila with a sprinkle of turmeric. Get comfortable on the sofas in the Futurism inspired room and, if the aperitivo starts your appetite, go directly to the room with the fish restaurant, where the dishes are on the level of the cocktails served at the bar.

LACERBA. Via Orti 4, Milano. +39 02 545 5475 Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open Mon-Sat (18:00/2:00) Closed on Sunday.

2. REBELOT

Rebelot Milan Cocktail Navigli

A ‘creation’ of Rebelot | © Rebelot

Beside the excellent kitchen, the reason for stopping at Rebelot, younger brother of the starred Pont de Ferr, are their cocktails. It is a privilege that is hard to resist to sit in springtime at one of the tables facing the Naviglio and enjoy a cocktail created by Oscar Quagliarini, one of the best barmen in Europe. The quality of the drinks and the mixing expertise are two of the characteristics that are undeniable from the first sip. I couldn’t miss the Mary per Sempre (did you get that I love Bloody Mary?) a variation of the drink with Mare gin, tomato juice, caper liquor and fresh rosemary. Scrolling the menu, all the drinks are very inviting. The Speakeasy (Whisky Ardberg 10, sugar, Galliano, angostura and chocolate bitter and a sprinkle of absinth) and the Vie en Rose (gin, grapefruit juice, tonic water, angostura and Saint Germain) are only two of the drinks they offer.

REBELOT DEL PONT. Ripa di Porta Ticinese 55, Milano. +39 02 84194720. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open everyday (18:00/2:00) Closed on Tuesday.

 

3. TURBIGO

Turbigo Milan Cocktail

A drink at Turbigo| © Filippo Pincolini

Outside the Naviglia area, inside a beautiful courtyard: elements for loving Turbigo, but it is when you order something to drink or eat that you understand how strong that love is. I have tried great detox cocktails (pear, fennel and dill and green apple, lime and mint) while sitting on one of the sofas in the yard. I went back again trying something stronger, but nothing has changed: beautiful presentation, special flavour.

TURBIGOAlzaia Naviglio Grande 8, Milano. +39 02 8940 0407. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open Tue-Fri 18:00/24:00; Sat-Sun 12:00/24:00

 

4. AL MERCATO TACO BAR

Del Taco Bar | © Caterina Zanzi

Mohito with beer on top at Taco Bar at Al Mercato | © Caterina Zanzi

I entered the doors of the Taco Bar in via Casale, new adventure – this time a latin one – of the founders of the format of  Al Mercato (ever tried the Burger Bar and the Noodle Bar?), thinking that I could binge on burritos after a difficult day. I went out, yes after eating burritos, but also after a few pretty good cocktails. One of them, the most incredible one, was a mohito with an upside down beer inside. The second one, also incredibly good, was a Bloody Santana (Bloody Mary dressed with tequila and beer). Do I need to mention that I go back at least once per month?

AL MERCATO TACO BAR. Via Casale 5, Milano. +39 02 36767328. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open Mon-Fri 19:00/02:00; Sat 12:30/15:00 and 19:00/02:00; Sun 12:30/15:00 and 19:00/00:00.

 

5. RITA&COCKTAILS

Rita Cocktail Milan

Two cocktails at Rita| © Chiara Galati

Although it is a cross street from Naviglio Grande, so slightly apart from the bars of the area, the Rita is a hotspot in the area and it sometimes happen to queue up for a cocktail. It is thanks to the guys who prepare the drinks with great passion. Usually I order a “Cazzi Tuoi” just for the fun of saying it (Ed. Swear words in Italian). The list is long, and every cocktail is duly described. And delicious.

RITA&COCKTAILS. Via Angelo Fumagalli 1, Milano. +39 02 8372865. Average price of a cocktail: 9€. Open Mon-Sat (18:30/02:00) Closed on Sunday.

 

6. PRAVDA VODKA BAR

Pravda Vodka Bar Cocktail Milan

The drinks bar at Pravda| © Facebook Pravda Vodka Bar Milano

The first time I went there I ordered a Moscow Mule. And then another. And another. And that’s how Pravda entered my heart although I am in the opposite side of the city and althought there is big generational gap between me and the clientele (yes, it was full of teenagers). Many consider the Pravda the best cocktail bar in Milan and I don’t think they are wrong. If you want to feel a bit younger it’s enough that you have a chat outside there, mix up with the kids and drink a vodka cocktail after another.

PRAVDA VODKA BAR. Address: Via Vittadini 6, Milano Phone: +39 334 3387602. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open every evening (18:30/01:00).

 

7. CARLO E CAMILLA IN SEGHERIA

Carlo & Camilla in Segheria Cocktail Milan

A creation by Filippo Sisti for Carlo&Camilla in Segheria| © Dario Ponzo

The managment in the kitchen is by Carlo Cracco. At the bar the ball passes to Filippo Sisti, the bar tender that tickled the taste buds of many New Yorkers, Parisians and Londoners. In Milan, in the quite new place of the aristochef in via Meda, Sisti is serving his original cocktails, prepared with instruments that are usually in the kitchen (oven, pan, vacuum-packed, blast chiller and so on) and with a large use of spices. The result is astonishing at any time of the day, from aperitivo to the after-dinner. I wouldn’t mind a little bit less ice cubes and a larger glass, but you know that even at Cracco’s you don’t finish full and sated.

CARLO E CAMILLA IN SEGHERIA. Via Meda 24, Milano. +39 02 8373963. Average price of a cocktail: 9€. Open Mon-Sat (18:00/02:00) Closed on Sunday. 

 

8. DRY

Dry Milan Cocktail

A cocktail at Dry | © Diego Rigatti

Cocktail and pizza: what else? That’s what they might have thought at Dry, (almost) twin brother of Pisacco, in via Solferino. The barman is Guglielmo Miriello, young and already “trained” to deliver good drinks to his fellow citizens.  His specialties are vintage drinks, but on the menu you find a little bit of everything. If you come in group, there is the cocktail in the bottle, for four or eight people. My favourite? The ‘Between the Sheets’, timeless drink with  rum, cognac, cointreau and lemon juice.

DRYVia Solferino 33, Milano. +39 02 63793414. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open every evening (19:00/1:30).

 

9. TAGLIO

Taglio Milan Cocktail

A cocktail at Taglio | © Caterina Zanzi

At Taglio eveything is remarkable (starting from Eggs Benedict, I believe I will write about it very soon), a special focus has to be put on cocktails. They make some very good ones in this nice place in via Vigevano, between Porta Genova and Navigli: I tried a few – of course! – but the ones that stayed on my mind were one mix of gin, lime, tabasco and elderberries and a fantastically made spritz. The atmosphere is very cozy and it feel like we are miles away from the chaos of the Navigli. A reason to enjoy a moment of calm with a great drink in your hands.

TAGLIO. Via Vigevano 10, Milano. +39 02 3653 4294. Average price of a cocktail: 10€. Open everyday (8:00/23:45).

 

10. TEMAKINHO

Temakinho Milano Caipirinha

Un temaki con la sua caipirinha | © Temakinho

A Portuguese saying goes “Se a vida lhe der um limão, faça dele uma caipirinha” – that is “If life gives you lemons, make a caipirinha”. Not wrong. The way they make the caipirinha at Temakinho is top notch. Prepared with fresh fruit, cachaca Leblon, sugar and lime is fantastic: especially the one with mango, with small balls of pink salt that I went crazy for. The caipirinha goes with a temaki on the side, of course.

TEMAKINHO Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 37 \ \Corso Garibaldi 59, Milano. Average price of a cocktail: 8€. Open everyday (12:00/15:00 and 19:00/00:00).

And what about you? Where do you go when you need a cocktail with all the trimmings? Nasdrovie!

Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.

13 Comments
  • Monica Savarè

    Maaaa il Nottingham Forest? Difficile entrarci, per pagare devi vendere un rene, ma i loro cocktail sono spettacolari. Cito dal sito web:

    Dal 2008 il nottingham forest di Milano è entrato a far parte dei:
    “great 50 bars of the world”
    la prestigiosa compilation stilata da “class magazine”
    di Londra

    Maggio 2009 la rivista FOOD&WINE di New York vota il nottingham forest tra i migliori 7 bar del mondo

    Luglio 2009 timeout di Newyork inserisce il nottingham tra i 10 migliori gin bar del mondo

    Parigi 2010,il nottingham forest rappresenta l’Italia a “Cocktails & Spirit”

    November 23, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Luca Davide Valtolina

    Nottingham Forrest ??? Tutto fumo e niente arrosto. La potenza del loro marketing li annovera tra i bar più prestigiosi del mondo ma a parte la presentazione dei cocktail non vanno molto lontano. I veri bevitori esperti ed esigenti in materia cercano altro e non quattro palline di azoto. Locale addobbato ad arte per turisti e per masochisti che amano essere trattati a pesci in faccia dal personale sempre maleducato ed altezzoso. Postaccio.

    November 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Ambra Lameri

      sono certa, per aver scritto un commento tanto puntuale, che tu abbia provato molti cocktail della più che fornita lista del Nottingham, attualmente 15° miglior cocktail bar nel mondo, posizione ottenuta non solo per le accattivanti presentazioni dei suoi cocktail ma anche,e soprattutto, per il prodotto offerto e la ricerca che ci sta dietro. Sono altresì certa che tu sia un esperto del settore, che per poterti così esprimere tu sia un conoscitore e pregiato estimatore di un numero considerevole di cocktail bar sperimentali, con una spiccata cultura relativa alle tecniche barchef e mixology.

      November 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm
      • Luca Davide Valtolina

        Confermo tutte le tue certezze, sono un bevitore esigente. Abito in v.le Piave a 35metri del Nottingham e ci vado spesso per uscirne costantemente deluso… Ho anche scritto piu’ volte a Comini nella speranza che qualcosa potesse quanto meno cambiare o comunque essere preso in considerazione. Il ranking del locale e’ frutto di un buon mix di marketing e pubblicita’. Chi vuole bere bene non frequenta il Nottingham, pero’ se qualcuno non piu’ fare a meno delle sfere di azoto da sciogliere in bocca e’ un problema suo. La spocchia e l’arroganza del personale sono il condimento finale….. de gustibus….

        November 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  • Davide Marco Ferrari

    quelli che conosco di questa lista mi piacciono molto e nella mia personale top 10 ci sono anche Monkey, Trentacinque e Ugo

    December 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm
  • Annamaria Bevilacqua

    Ciao Caterina! La tua classifica mi piace molto e sono d’accordo con i posti che hai scelto!
    Complimenti per il sito, mi piace molto sia la grafica che i contenuti!
    Se ti va ti aspetto da me, ho un blog di cucina che parla anche di luoghi del gusto e si chiama About My Bakery, lo trovi al link http://blog.cookaround.com/aboutmybakery
    ps. ti seguo anche su facebook!
    A presto!

    December 3, 2014 at 11:52 am
  • Ale Brigh

    mah. per lo più un elenco di locali di moda in questo momento. non certo una lista dei migliori cocktail bar di milano.

    December 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Shane Eaton

    certo che ci deve essere il Nottingham Forest. Grazie a Dario Comini, è il cocktail bar più importante dell’Italia. Altri locali che dovrebbero fare parte della lista: 1930 (il locale più bello di Milano), Doping Club, Twist on Classic, MAG, Pinch, Luca e Andrea, Zinc.

    January 10, 2015 at 1:22 am
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