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Where to Drink Cocktails in Florence, Italy

The best speakeasies, hotel bars, and lounges the Tuscan capital has to offer

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Florence, Italy, is an exciting place for cocktail enthusiasts. Home to the Negroni — born during the height of the avant-garde movement of the 1900s — the city boasts a slew of well-heeled originals now joined by many new quality drinking establishments.

Once again, Florence-based food and drink tour guide Coral Sisk has offered up her picks to guarantee a proper drink in the time-capsule wonderland that is Florence's bar scene. Today, one can find a diverse array of libations in the city’s compact center, including Cuban-style provisions, vintage international classics, and flaming cocktails served in antique kettles.

Update July 2017
Added: Mad Souls & Spirits, Fusion Bar & Restaurant, Manifattura, Villa Cora, Rasputin, Bitter Bar, Ditta Artigianale Oltrarno

Dropped: Caffé Florian, Lo Sverso, La Ménagère, Hemingway Cafe, Golden View Open Bar, Amblé, Rivalta Cafe

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sabor Cubano

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Via Sant'Antonino, 64R
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Lopez Martinez brings some Cuban soul to Florence with his signature muddled mojitos, margaritas named for local street artists, and mango daiquiris complete with delicate touches like black salt rims, fresh lime, and select rums from his home country. If you’re lucky, you may happen upon an impromptu piano performance from the staff.

2. Bitter Bar

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Via di Mezzo
Firenze FI, Italy
+39 340 549 9258
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Cristian Guitti, one of Florence's most respected bartenders, opened this Sant'Ambrogio district bar in early 2017 with vintage 1920s decor and an elaborate menu premised on experimentation and fantasy. The menu is divided into twists on classics, like an aged Negroni, and Guitti's own inventions. You'll find colorfully presented cocktails with unusual culinary accoutrements, such as mint bitters, torched extractions, celery juice, chile jam, and truffle honey, plus punch bowls to share.

3. Manifattura

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Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 1
50123 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 239 6367
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Fabiano Buffolino, the bartender behind this brand-new ’50s-style cocktail lounge, has years of experience in the industry and a passion for reviving Italian traditions. Everything on the menu is made in Italy: aperitivi, vermouth, bitters, and more than 80 labels of amaro, from national classics to small-batch varieties. You'll find nearly forgotten Italian sodas, vintage liqueurs, and classic prosecco-based cocktails from Bellini to Puccini. It’s an obligatory stop for those who want to understand the true legacy of Italian cocktails. The best part: So far, every drink is under 10 euros.

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4. Locale

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Via delle Seggiole, 12
50122 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 906 7188
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Locale is located in a restored palace that once belonged to Florence’s most prominent families (the Concinis first and, later, the Medicis). The atmosphere has a distinct Milan or New York feel, with a time-travel clash of Medici-era frescoes, 12th-century kitchen and laundry-room relics, and a wine cellar with stone arches believed to have ancient Roman roots. At the bar, find a dizzying array of spirits, bitters, and infusions that spike craft cocktails and elaborately presented punch bowls. Come for the full experience: a resident DJ spins music, cocktails are accompanied by chef-prepared appetizers on hand-carved olive-wood platters, and “welcome punch” greets anyone who walks through the door.

5. Mayday Club

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Via Dante Alighieri, 16
50122 Firenze FI, Italy
 +39 055 2381290
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Open since 2001, Mayday could be considered Florence's true mixology den for the respect it pays to the city’s historic pharmacies and apothecaries. A mix of moody theater lighting, risque velvet paintings, and vintage radio technology relics make for a Dali-esque space where bartenders create inventive cocktails with house-made infusions, liqueurs, and all-natural juices from local organic fruit producers. Chemistry and botany enthusiasts, this place is for you.

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6. Mad Souls & Spirits

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Borgo S. Frediano, 36
50124 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 627 1621
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In the Oltrarno district, owner Neri Fantechi has successfully designed a cocktail pub with a creative menu; Florence Cocktail Week award-winning barmen; and a no-frills, all-inclusive vibe. Here, ordering an Aperol spritz is considered sacrilegious. Instead, choose from among tongue-in-cheek daily and weekly specials, such as the Donald Sour (carrot jam, bourbon, and egg white), and a menu divided into three parts: “a fistful of dollars,” “soul warmers,” and “fabulous spirits.” The bar also hosts periodic mixology and spirit-specific master classes and events, and it boasts a tempting selection of mezcal and Russian rye vodkas, thanks to cocktail maestro Julian Biondi’s role as Italian ambassador for Polugar.

7. Fusion Bar & Restaurant

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Vicolo dell'Oro, 3
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Given its status as a boutique hotel bar (it’s located in the Gallery Art Hotel), you can safely expect phenomenal service and quality at Fusion. The restaurant specializes in Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese fusion), supervised by Michelin-starred chef Peter Brunel, and is one of the few places in town to break from heavy Tuscan fare. The award-winning barmen here are Michel Orlando and Robert Pavel, who have developed an eclectic cocktail menu but are equally capable of re-interpreting your drink of choice into something dreamy. Curious house-made details include sesame-infused vodka, a barrel-aged Negroni fused with Alchermes, and Calabrian chile-infused mezcal and tequila blends.

8. Ditta Artigianale

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Via dei Neri, 32
50122 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 274 1541
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Not purely a cocktail bar, Ditta is a modern interpretation of the traditional Italian bar that sells espresso, breakfast pastries, and aperitivo alongside bus tickets, tobacco, and stamps. Specialty roasted coffee, international baked goods, brunch, and craft cocktails are all on the menu here. Industry legend Kareem Bennet translates owner Francesco Sanapo's obsession with gin, artisanal liqueurs, and house-made syrups into quality drinks. The insider tip here is to take a seat at the bar and have Bennet whip up something you didn't know you loved.

9. Rasputin

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+39 055 280399
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This is Florence's first secret bar. The address, underground somewhere in Santo Spirito, can be discovered by either following hints given over the phone or through word of mouth. The bar was envisioned as a space in which Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin would have liked to dwell. Vintage Italian decor dominates, and the menu is decidedly reminiscent of the 1940s, but with a section of new, proprietary inventions. Present are the Hanky Panky, Brandy Crusta, Lucien Gaudin, and other obscure classics.

10. Villa Cora

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Viale Machiavelli, 18
50125 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 228790
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This is the crème de la crème of luxury hotel bar experiences. Perched practically around the corner from Piazzale Michelangelo and in the midst of lush Tuscan cypress trees and sweeping skylines, Villa Cora offers a quality craft drink program. Paolo Ponzo, a Swiss-born Sicilian, is the man behind the poolside bar, which, in warmer months, is an exceptional choice for DJ sets, drinks, snacks, and pizza and Champagne nights. Ponzo takes a decidedly Italian approach to cocktails with a few wildcards, including Varnelli and rum daiquiris and fernet-and-scotch-based creations.

1. Sabor Cubano

Via Sant'Antonino, 64R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Lopez Martinez brings some Cuban soul to Florence with his signature muddled mojitos, margaritas named for local street artists, and mango daiquiris complete with delicate touches like black salt rims, fresh lime, and select rums from his home country. If you’re lucky, you may happen upon an impromptu piano performance from the staff.

Via Sant'Antonino, 64R
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

2. Bitter Bar

Via di Mezzo, Firenze FI, Italy

Cristian Guitti, one of Florence's most respected bartenders, opened this Sant'Ambrogio district bar in early 2017 with vintage 1920s decor and an elaborate menu premised on experimentation and fantasy. The menu is divided into twists on classics, like an aged Negroni, and Guitti's own inventions. You'll find colorfully presented cocktails with unusual culinary accoutrements, such as mint bitters, torched extractions, celery juice, chile jam, and truffle honey, plus punch bowls to share.

Via di Mezzo
Firenze FI, Italy

3. Manifattura

Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Coral Sisk

Fabiano Buffolino, the bartender behind this brand-new ’50s-style cocktail lounge, has years of experience in the industry and a passion for reviving Italian traditions. Everything on the menu is made in Italy: aperitivi, vermouth, bitters, and more than 80 labels of amaro, from national classics to small-batch varieties. You'll find nearly forgotten Italian sodas, vintage liqueurs, and classic prosecco-based cocktails from Bellini to Puccini. It’s an obligatory stop for those who want to understand the true legacy of Italian cocktails. The best part: So far, every drink is under 10 euros.

Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 1
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

4. Locale

Via delle Seggiole, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Locale is located in a restored palace that once belonged to Florence’s most prominent families (the Concinis first and, later, the Medicis). The atmosphere has a distinct Milan or New York feel, with a time-travel clash of Medici-era frescoes, 12th-century kitchen and laundry-room relics, and a wine cellar with stone arches believed to have ancient Roman roots. At the bar, find a dizzying array of spirits, bitters, and infusions that spike craft cocktails and elaborately presented punch bowls. Come for the full experience: a resident DJ spins music, cocktails are accompanied by chef-prepared appetizers on hand-carved olive-wood platters, and “welcome punch” greets anyone who walks through the door.

Via delle Seggiole, 12
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

5. Mayday Club

Via Dante Alighieri, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Coral Sisk

Open since 2001, Mayday could be considered Florence's true mixology den for the respect it pays to the city’s historic pharmacies and apothecaries. A mix of moody theater lighting, risque velvet paintings, and vintage radio technology relics make for a Dali-esque space where bartenders create inventive cocktails with house-made infusions, liqueurs, and all-natural juices from local organic fruit producers. Chemistry and botany enthusiasts, this place is for you.

Via Dante Alighieri, 16
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

6. Mad Souls & Spirits

Borgo S. Frediano, 36, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

In the Oltrarno district, owner Neri Fantechi has successfully designed a cocktail pub with a creative menu; Florence Cocktail Week award-winning barmen; and a no-frills, all-inclusive vibe. Here, ordering an Aperol spritz is considered sacrilegious. Instead, choose from among tongue-in-cheek daily and weekly specials, such as the Donald Sour (carrot jam, bourbon, and egg white), and a menu divided into three parts: “a fistful of dollars,” “soul warmers,” and “fabulous spirits.” The bar also hosts periodic mixology and spirit-specific master classes and events, and it boasts a tempting selection of mezcal and Russian rye vodkas, thanks to cocktail maestro Julian Biondi’s role as Italian ambassador for Polugar.

Borgo S. Frediano, 36
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

7. Fusion Bar & Restaurant

Vicolo dell'Oro, 3, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Given its status as a boutique hotel bar (it’s located in the Gallery Art Hotel), you can safely expect phenomenal service and quality at Fusion. The restaurant specializes in Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese fusion), supervised by Michelin-starred chef Peter Brunel, and is one of the few places in town to break from heavy Tuscan fare. The award-winning barmen here are Michel Orlando and Robert Pavel, who have developed an eclectic cocktail menu but are equally capable of re-interpreting your drink of choice into something dreamy. Curious house-made details include sesame-infused vodka, a barrel-aged Negroni fused with Alchermes, and Calabrian chile-infused mezcal and tequila blends.

Vicolo dell'Oro, 3
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

8. Ditta Artigianale

Via dei Neri, 32, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Not purely a cocktail bar, Ditta is a modern interpretation of the traditional Italian bar that sells espresso, breakfast pastries, and aperitivo alongside bus tickets, tobacco, and stamps. Specialty roasted coffee, international baked goods, brunch, and craft cocktails are all on the menu here. Industry legend Kareem Bennet translates owner Francesco Sanapo's obsession with gin, artisanal liqueurs, and house-made syrups into quality drinks. The insider tip here is to take a seat at the bar and have Bennet whip up something you didn't know you loved.

Via dei Neri, 32
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

9. Rasputin

Florence, Tuscany

This is Florence's first secret bar. The address, underground somewhere in Santo Spirito, can be discovered by either following hints given over the phone or through word of mouth. The bar was envisioned as a space in which Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin would have liked to dwell. Vintage Italian decor dominates, and the menu is decidedly reminiscent of the 1940s, but with a section of new, proprietary inventions. Present are the Hanky Panky, Brandy Crusta, Lucien Gaudin, and other obscure classics.

10. Villa Cora

Viale Machiavelli, 18, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

This is the crème de la crème of luxury hotel bar experiences. Perched practically around the corner from Piazzale Michelangelo and in the midst of lush Tuscan cypress trees and sweeping skylines, Villa Cora offers a quality craft drink program. Paolo Ponzo, a Swiss-born Sicilian, is the man behind the poolside bar, which, in warmer months, is an exceptional choice for DJ sets, drinks, snacks, and pizza and Champagne nights. Ponzo takes a decidedly Italian approach to cocktails with a few wildcards, including Varnelli and rum daiquiris and fernet-and-scotch-based creations.

Viale Machiavelli, 18
50125 Firenze FI, Italy

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