Nightlife in Milan, Italy

by Chiara Fonzi

Check our selection of the best places for your nights in Milano: after dinner events, late dining, dancing nights... until dawn!

Milan is famous in Italy for its dynamism and its endless movida choices. The possibilities for leisure are many and they range from bars offering a try of the famous “Milanese aperitivo”, to clubs where you can dance all night long.

The typical Milanese evening is divided into three different time slots and usually starts straight after the end of work, generally around 6.30pm or 7pm, with an aperitivo or a happy hour, allowing people to choose tastings of different delicacies up to fill your hunger, the whole included in the price of a cocktail.

After the happy hour, which can last till 10pm, there are many chances for leisure up to satisfy everyone’s needs, from a dinner to a theater performance, from a live concert to a night out at one of the City’s most famous clubs, until 1-2am.

The third part (when the going gets tough, the tough get going): if you love to stay out until the crack of dawn so, according to what you choose to do, your fun night could end even at 5 or 6am!

After dinner in Milan: nightclubs, discos, pubs, live-music concerts

Theatre performances can have different timetables, but they normally begin between 7.30pm and 8.30pm; for this reason, planning a dinner at a restaurant before or straight after the plays is a habit among Milanese.
Usually, concerts are held outside the city center and start around 9pm. So, for those willing to move by car or to take a taxi, the best choice is to leave quite in advance to avoid the traffic during the rush hour.
Speaking of discos and nightclubs, locals never enter a club before 12.30am or 1am and discos stay open until 5am.

Places where you can dine after 10pm

Locals commonly have dinner around 8 or 8.30pm, but restaurants have opening times suitable for international tourists’ needs. Booking is suggested to those who wish to have dinner at 7pm, while many bistros remain open till 11pm to delight even the jet-lagged tourists’ palates.