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7 Places Offering Dinner and Live Music in Milan

by Giulia Minero
Dinner and Live Music in Milan, photo credits Tony Webster, under c.c 2.0 licence

If after a full day strolling around the city or running from one meeting to another you feel like taking your time, maybe while listening to some good music, the search for cool destinations in town becomes a must. In case you feel uncertain either to opt for an invigorating dinner or a live music session, good news for you: there's no need to choose, as Milan boasts an explosive dinner and live music scene ready to be discovered.

A map of these venues follows

1. Blue Note, available from September to May

Following the format of New York’s Blue Note Club, this well-known restaurant and club pampers its guests with the best of live Jazz music and fine dining since 2003. Its menu features a small yet tasty selection of fine Italian and international cuisine, Italian and French wine labels together with a daily double live show, while the bar boasts a selection of over 200 cocktails and spirits. The gourmet cuisine by Blue Note can be enjoyed daily while listening to a live concert of one of your favourite artists from the international scene: The Blues Brothers, Raphael Gualazzi and, during the Christmas period, The Angels in Harlem Gospel Choir to mention but a few…

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Address: Via Borsieri, 37

GPS: 45.48936, 9.18849

Phone: 02 69016888

Public Transport: M5 (purple line) Isola

Open Mon 12pm-7pm; Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm. 

Shows: Mon-Fri at 9pm and at 11pm. Sat at 9pm and at 11.30pm. Sun at 1pm and 9pm.

www.bluenotemilano.com 

2. Memo Restaurant

A combination of style, elegance and sophistication, the Armani/Ristorante perfectly mirrors the style that distinguishes all the creations of this world-renowned designer and features contemporary cuisine sided by an accurate wine selection. The calendar is richer from September until May, but you could find some Summer events too.

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Address: Via Monte Ortigara, 30

GPS: 45.45853, 9.22243

Phone: 02 54019856

Public Transport: M3 (yellow line) Lodi T.I.B.B

Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm- 2am

www.memorestaurant.com (only in Italian)

3. Sloan Square, events from September to May

Born from an idea by John Peter Sloan, from which it takes its name, Sloan Square pub is a must-try venue for beer and live music lovers. This characteristic pub with a typical London allure, stores over 24 different craft beers plus 400 bottled labels to be paired with a rich menu featuring British-style meat or fish delicacies, tartare, appetisers, burgers and puddings. Locals and visitors alike love spending their nights at Sloan Square…why? Because its stage is currently home to live performances ranging from a rich concert programming to workshops, comedy shows as well as entertainment in English.

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Address: Piazzale Cadorna, 2

GPS: 45.46819, 9.17785

Phone: 349 1328350

Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M2 (green line) Cadorna F.N

Open Mon-Thurs 11am-1am; Fri 11am-2am; Sat 5pm-2am. Closed on Sunday. 

www.sloansquare.it 

4. Nidaba Theatre, open from 21 September to June

This place has been awarded by the Municipality for its high-quality music activity. Lovers of blues, soul, punk and funky music will find the perfect destination to satisfy all their music whims at Nidaba Theatre. Located just steps away from Naviglio Pavese (the side of Milan’s Naviglio towards the nearby city of Pavia) and the recently renowned Darsena basin, this intimate casual pub and theatre offers an all-year-long rich programming of events, with live performances by local and international artists to be enjoyed while drinking a refreshing after dinner cocktail or savouring a gourmet sandwich or, why not, a quick snack. Due to its small size, Nidaba Theatre does not accept reservations, so guests interested in enjoying their favourite live show are advised to enter the venue by 9pm, before the concert starts.

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Address: Via Emilio Gola, 12

GPS: 45.44899, 9.17578

Phone: 339 3477512

Public Transport: M2 (green line) Porta Genova F.S.

Open Tue-Sat 9pm-2am. Closed on Sun and Mon. Concerts start at 10.30pm. 

www.nidaba.it

5. Bonaventura Music Club, closed from 4 to 31 August

A meld of Soul, Funk, Blues, Swing, Rock and Roll and Pop music together with quick snacks, burgers and other tasty offers changing on a seasonal base and matched by a rich selection of home brews: welcome to Bonaventura Music Club. This small club and restaurant mostly loved for its lively and buzzy atmosphere, also features burlesque shows every last Wednesday of the month carried out by Milan’s Champagne Academy of Burlesque Education, combining music, entertainment and beer culture.

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Address: Via Bonaventura Zumbini, 6

GPS: 45.44134, 9.15803

Phone: 02 36556618

Public transport: M2 (green line) Romolo

Open Mon 12.30pm-2.30pm; Tue-Thurs 12.30pm-2.30pm and 7pm-1am; Fri  12.30pm-2.30pm and 7pm-2am; Sat 7pm-2am; Sun 7pm-11pm.

birreriabonaventura.wixsite.com (only in Italian)

6. Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum, mainly from September to June.

If looking for a panoramic restaurant with view on the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and offering Italian delicacies and live music, Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum – the restaurant dedicated to renowned Artist and Maestro Luciano Pavarotti is your destination. Boasting a typical Italian menu that mirrors the tastes and natural harmony so dear to the great Artist, it also features an area dedicated to live music, where young talents, nurtured by the foundation, take turns to enthral audiences with their performances. Sometimes they organize performances even during the summer.

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Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – 4th floor

GPS: 45.46482, 9.18957

Phone: 02 45397657

Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo

Open daily 11am-11pm.

www.pavarottimilano.com

7. Hosteria della Musica alla Ferrovia, all year-long

Just steps from Centrale railway station those seeking a trendy destination to taste recipes of the Italian tradition – spanning from the Milanese-style risotto to Fiorentina-style meat and Neapolitan pizza – while listening to live music can opt to dine at Hosteria della Musica alla Ferrovia. The restaurant, sperad over two storeys features an elegantly furnished post-industrial design, two 12-seat private dining rooms, a 14-seat wine room and a Cigar Club smoking room. Every Tuesday evening the restaurant features the special Smaila’s entartianment, live non-stop performances by Italian singer Umberto Smaila and his band (until May 2019).

Address: Via Giovanni Battista Pirelli, 1

GPS: 45.4841, 9.20163

Phone: 02 66703885

Public Transport: M2 (green line) – M3 (yellow line) Centrale F.S. or M2 (green line) Gioia

Live performances start at 11pm until 1am.

www.hosteriadellamusica.com

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