Milano Travel Guide

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There are plenty of bars and cafés in Milan of all kinds - from fancy old-fashioned ones, where you can enjoy a formal hot drink, to avant-garde modern places, and youthful spots for a happy hour/late-night drink. Some also offer some food too.

Milan by night

Milan has a great variety of places where you can have fun. A great starting point is (Corso Como), near Garibaldi Station, full of bars and glamorous clubs. In the summertime, this street is packed with young and attractive people.

Another place where you can go is the quarter, near Porta Ticinese Avenue and XXIV Maggio Square, where you can find a lot of small pubs, open air cafes and restaurants by the water canals (navigli). In many pubs and bars you can find a free booklet named Zero2 which is a guide to Milan Nightlife: if you don't know what to do or where to go, do grab one!

Other popular night spots with bars and people are (on Wednesday it's packed with people in the piazza in front of a bar called "Momo"), (and nearby Citta' Studi area). Nights are overwhelmingly crowded at the (not far from Navigli quarter), and in the cozy Latin-quarter of . Another good spot is the pedestrian part of Corso Sempione near the (Arco della Pace).

There are bars and clubs open all week long but usually few people go out at night on Mondays or Tuesdays, the vast majority prefer to have fun on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. However, Wednesday night appears to be one of the coolest to go out in stylish VIP-frequented clubs.

Milan has an alternative club scene, with a few crews making electronic music parties outside clubs. Ultracheap, every time in a different location (lofts, warehouses, farms, pools, city parks) those kind of parties attract people aged 20–28. The biggest one is called RESET!and attracts 1500-2000 people once a month

Gay and Lesbian Travellers

Although Milan has a variety of bars, clubs, restaurants and venues for gay and lesbian travellers, many only operate one night a week. Choosing from one of the "mainstays" below and asking anyone where to go should lead you in the right direction. Also, venues are not concentrated in one area of town, but rather spread throughout the city.

Foreign travelers are often confused by the ARCI card regime that is required for entry into many clubs. It's a relic from the times of police raids that has now conferred tax benefits on these private club owners. No need to fear—just show up and purchase one at any of the clubs. You must bring some ID or you cannot purchase one.

L'ElephantVia Melzo 22Wednesday and Thursday nights hosts a gay crowd at L'elephant
Hotel StrafVia San Raffaele 33Thursdays aperitivo at Hotel Straf near Duomo is well worth a look.
Amnesiavia Alfonso GattoSaturday nights at Billy or Amnesia,
Binario1Via Plezzo 16or BinarioUno disco,
Black HoleViale Umbria 118or Black Hole (former lesbian club).
Borgo del Tempo Persovia Fabio MassimoHours: open year-round although outdoor area open May-Sept onlyOn Sunday nights, hundreds flock to the largest and classiest spot in town, the Borgo del Tempo Person.

Cruising clubs such as the "Flexo" and "Depot" are hugely popular in Italy, perhaps even more so than saunas.

FlexoVia Oropa 3
DepotVia dei Valtorta 19

The best saunas in 2008 include Metro and Royal Hammam, mostly packed during the weekend especially at night as they are open 24 hours.

Metrovia Schiaparelli
Royal Hammamvia Plezzo

Open air meeting places such as Parco Nord, the gardens behind Cadorna station or Ortomercato are not recommended (criminals and hustlers). The safest way to cruise is to take the late night metro and get into the second-last coach, which is usually occupied by the gays and lesbians.

source: Wikivoyage

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