While the aperitivo, a pre dinner drinking ritual, might not have its origin in Milan, it’s safe to say that the tradition is at its strongest at Milan.
Nightlife at Milan starts with aperitivo and it is customary to skip dinner and go straight to aperitivo places you will find all over town.
If you are looking for that one apertivo place, head to the bar at the Bulgari hotel. Hidden in a beautiful garden, it is a perfect stop for an aperitivo.
Try the eponymous Bulgari (gin, Aperol, fresh orange juice, pineapple and lime juice).
If you are looking for old world atmosphere, head to Bar Basso, one of the oldest cocktail bars in Milan.
This is where Milan’s traditional cocktail, the 'negroni sbagliato' (red martini, Campari and sparkling wine), was invented.
It has appeared in many films and is a piece of history in the city.
During the day, Navigli is deceptively quiet. But once the sun sets, it turns into one big party place.
Named after the numerous canals, Navigli is the nightlife hub of Milan.
Milan, the international capital of fashion and home to notable designers, is also where traditional Italian food blends with fashion.
Most major fashion designers own fine dining places that carry their signature.
A recommended place is Just Cavalli Cafè, a classy, glassy temple to the flamboyant Roberto Cavalli, with gorgeous models at every other table.