Bologna is among the most food-centric of Italian cities, and its bar scene is certainly of the same quality. Visit one of the best bars in Bologna for an apertivo or digestif. Whether ordering an Aperol spritz or a grappa nightcap, these are the bars to visit for a great drink.
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Osteria del Sole is one of the best and oldest bars in Bologna. The wine bar opened in 1465 and has remained a family-centric, casual gathering place through the many years. Get there early to earn a seat, and order a bottle.
This stylish and chic cocktail boutique is furnished with antiques, making it feel like home. Comfort and quality drinks come first here, which is why the bar is implementing a delivery service to serve patrons the bars best drinks at home. Order a Barbabietola for something crisp and refreshing.
South Room is often filled with locals and offers a great wine selection as well as light food options. This casual haut is easy to settle into with a great bottle for a few hours.
Senza Nome, or Bar With No Name, is an unusual stop with a wide selection of Italian craft beers to change things up from wine. The bar provides easier employment opportunities to the deaf, which means the entire staff is hearing impaired. Expect quality service and stellar brews.
NU Lounge Bar is a great stop for well-made cocktails, but the ample outdoor seating is another draw. This modern tiki bar is something to see, but order and take a seat under the arcades for a relaxed evening in Bologna.
This cosy wine bar plays jazz all night and is largely stocked with biodynamic Italian wines. Talk to the owner, who is exceptionally knowledgable, for a great recommendation.
Located in the center of Bologna, Room With a View is perfect for great cocktails and late night snacks. Cool off with a classic Apérol spritz in a beautiful setting or try an American in Vista cocktail for something similar, but stronger.