Florence is for wine lovers and you’ll find it everywhere from secluded wine cellars to rooftop bar with views over the city. So if you’re looking for a tasty vino, an aperitivo, espresso or just a cold beer at sunset, here are some of the best places to get one.
1. Alimentari Uffizi
As the name suggests, this tiny wine bar and deli is located near the Uffizi and serves some of the best antipasti platters to accompany your drinks. Most everything served here comes from the owner’s family farm or is locally sourced.
2. The Golden View Open Bar
Each room offers a pretty memorable view of the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery. With both a restaurant and bar, it’s an ideal spot to book in for aperitivo and bar snacks or go VIP and book the exclusive wine tasting session.
3. La Terrazza
This outdoor bar on the historic side of Florence is above the Hotel Continentale and is a top spot to have a sunset beer, a cocktail or just a coffee and enjoy the views. Get in early to grab a spot, as it fills quickly.
4. Café Neri Ponte Vecchio
The perfect spot to stop and enjoy a good cappuccino and cannoli; this café has everything your sweet tooth could dream of, and then some as the dessert cabinet here is super-sized. Pair your coffee with a fresh pastry and enjoy them like locals-standing up.
5. Dolce Vita Bar
Located in the Piazza del Carmine, this swanky hotspot is great for a pre-dinner cocktail or a glass of wine as you browse the rotating selections of artwork in the attached exhibition gallery. It’s also popular after-hours when the DJ takes to the decks.
6. Hops Pub
If you’re keen for a traditional pub with Italian beer on tap and plenty of bottled beer from across the globe, this is your place. You’ll find big televisions with sporting games on and a mix of both tourists and locals.
7. La Via del Te
Make your way into Santa Croce to Piazza Ghiberti for this delightful tea room. They offer hundreds of tea infusions as well as tea tastings and a quirky dessert menu to match. Teas can also be boxed up and properly labelled to travel internationally.
8. The Red Garter
It’s somewhat of a local institution and a Florence contradiction, but The Red Garter is where to go late-night when karaoke seems like a great idea and you’re craving American style burgers. It’s loud, crazy and there’s almost always live music and plenty of laughter.
9. Enoteca Fuori Porta
After you’ve savoured the view at Piazza del Michelangelo, pop in here for a celebratory drop. This wine bar has 550-600 labels available at any one time and new wines arriving frequently. Drink by the glass or bottle and enjoy the rustic bar menu
10. Chianti Classico
Above the Mercato Centrale, you find a buzzing food court full of Italian fare. It’s also where wine lovers can speak with winemaking experts at Chianti Classico and enjoy over 1,200 labels available to try by the glass or bottle, every day until midnight.