Saying aperitif and saying Milan is practically the same thing. The ritual of the aperitif is in fact inevitable in the Lombard city and, based on the continuous demand, hundreds of places that offer this service have been born and raised. How to extricate yourself from this rich offer? The aperitif is an ideal opportunity to chat with friends and colleagues at the end of a day in the office, to discuss business or simply to relax . That’s why choosing the right place is essential! Whether you are a lover of the traditional ritual, or if you are looking for something more exotic, in Milan there is always plenty of choice. Here are some tips for choosing the right place for an aperitif in Milan.
1 – From oTTo
It is an Italian reality in the Milanese Chinatown , in via Paolo Sarpi. The proposed formula is that of self service. The offer is wide and ranges from a selection of wines and organic beer to eight platters, eight squares, weekend brunches and sweet and savory snacks. Everything is cooked the same day, fresh and good, with quality products …
- Address: Via Paolo Sarpi, 8
- Average price: € 15.00
- Recommended specialty: homemade cutting boards and meatballs
- Tel: 02 8341 7249
2 – Cantine Isola
This restaurant is also located in via Paolo Sarpi and is a true reference point for the area. The interior is very intimate, with the bottles of wine that almost seem to embrace the customers. Given the size of the place and the consequent few seats, the cellars sip your drink mainly standing up, also choosing what to eat from the counter: bruschetta stuffed with lard , cheeses, croutons and much more.
- Address: Via Paolo Sarpi, 30
- Average price: € 12.00
- Recommended specialty: mixed bruschetta
- Tel: 02 331 5249
3 – Rebelot
It is a place on the canals with an aspect that differs a little from the classic one. Here you will not find the traditional crowd, there is no happy hour and the clientele has a rather high average age . The exclusivity of the place comes at a fair price, but if you like bistros and tapas, this is the place for you. The culinary proposal includes, in addition to tapas, also the classic platters of cheeses and / or cured meats, sophisticated cocktails, a wide choice of national and international wine labels.
- Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55
- Average price: between € 15.00 and € 20.00
- Recommended specialty: tapas
- Tel: 02 8419 4720
4 – Mag Cafè
This venue is also small and seating is limited, although some space is added in the summer with outdoor tables. At first sight it looks like a laboratory where experiments are nothing more than drinks! Here you can satiate yourself with cold cuts, cheeses, breadsticks and crudité , but the real specialty is precisely the cocktails: spicy, personalized, unique. Reservations are recommended.
- Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43
- Average price: € 8.00
- Recommended specialty: crudité
- Tel: 02 3956 2875
5 – Tom
The restaurant has a very modern environment , where you can see the detail of the naked light bulbs that seem to fall from the ceiling. The area where the Tom is located is a favorite of young Milanese. Here the aperitif can take on the appearance of a real dinner, thanks to the wide and substantial offer : fried panzerotti, nachos with which to collect the classic guacamole sauce, olives and cold cuts. Another pride of Tom are the personalized cocktails.
- Address: Via Molino delle Armi Ang. Via della Chiusa
- Average price: € 12.50
- Recommended specialty: fried panzerotti
- Tel: 02 5831 5720
6 – Triennale Terrace “Osteria with a view”
At this place there is really everything and it is one of the most suitable places for an aperitif . It is located at the highest point of La Triennale di Milano and is also a real tavern, whose cuisine is handled by the starred chef Stefano Cerveni. The price for the aperitif remains average, despite the location. A little less accurate is the culinary offer, the aperitif is the classic Italian style .
- Address: viale Emilio Alemagna, 6
- Average price: € 14.00
- Recommended specialty: cocktails
- Tel: 0236644340
7 – Dolce & Gabbana Martini Bar
We move to the heart of Milan where we find, not far from San Babila, this luxurious and extremely welcoming venue. It is a place where it is possible to forget, for a few hours, the daily stress. At guests’ disposal there is a harvested garden that can be used all year round, where you can taste the finger food offered. The hand of the Dolce & Gabbana stylists can also be seen in the inspiration of the culinary offerings, based on the Sicilian tradition.
- Address: Corso Venezia, 15
- Average price: € 13.00
- Recommended specialty: finger food
- Tel: 0276011154
8 – Radetzky cafe
A true institution for the city of Milan, which over the years has become a meeting point for the most diverse occasions. The aperitif is really delicious and includes an excellent fresh focaccia, freshly made fries and a few other specialties at the counter. The offer of wines and cocktails is very wide.
- Address: Corso Garibaldi, 105
- Average price: € 10.00
- Recommended specialty: focaccia
- Tel: 02 657 2645
9 – Santeria Social Club
It is a truly innovative space dedicated to those who love company and sharing, perhaps that of good music and good food. The aperitif is the traditional Italian one, as declared by the local itself: lupins, taralli, olives and peanuts are inevitable. As for the wines, there are 6 proposals of reds and 5 of whites, a wide selection of beers and cocktails . Events, theatrical performances and shows with live music are periodically organized.
- Address: Viale Toscana, 31
- Average price: € 6.50
- Recommended specialty: Italian aperitif
- Tel: 02 2219 9381
10 – Lacerba
The Porta Romana district, Lacerba is one of the busiest places because it allows you to satisfy your hunger in a young and lively environment. It is necessary to take a seat at the table, where an aperitif will be served from 18.30 to 22, consisting of fried food, sandwiches and focaccia , platters with cold cuts. On the menu you will also find drinks divided by alcohol base but also some non-alcoholic proposals.
- Address: Via Orti, 4
- Average price: € 8.00
- Recommended specialty: fried
- Tel: 02 545 5475
11 – Aperol Terrace
We are talking about one of the most iconic places in Milan, a wonderful terrace overlooking Piazza del Duomo, where you can enjoy an aperitif between 6pm and 9pm. Obviously the specialty is Aperol Spritz, the costs for the aperitif ranging from € 10.00 for non-alcoholic drinks up to € 12.00 for an alcoholic drink, a small tray with 4 finger foods is included in the price.
- Address: Piazza del Duomo
- Average price: € 12.00
- Recommended specialty: Aperol Spritz
- Tel: 335 735 6773