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Nightlife in Florence

Classical arts performances are held at venues like the Teatro Comunale near Parco delle Cascine park while rock concerts take place outside the city at L'Auditorium Flog. The club scene is livelier than it was and clubs like Tenax near Peretola airport are popular for dancing. Most Florentines head for bars and cafés in the historic centre for an evening aperitif. Clubs open from around 11pm and don't close until about 4am.

Bars

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  1. 1. Full-Up - Bars

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    Full-Up is one of Florence's most enduring disco and piano bars, located near Santa Croce. Theme nights ensure musical variety, pleasing the post-collegiate crowd with revival, samba, punk and pop. Call in advance to find out what's on.Show this on map

    Address

    25R, Via della Vigna Vecchia, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 293 006

    Transport

    Bus to Ghibellina stop

    Website

    Full-up Website

  2. 2. Dolce Vita - Bars

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    Dolce Vita, Florence. Courtesy of Dolce Vita

    A fashionable crowd heads to Dolce Vita for happy hour cocktails and late night drinks. Located in the Oltrarno district, not far from Santo Spirito, the bar has two rooms: one relaxed and retro, the other arty and bright.Show this on map

    Address

    6r, Piazza del Carmine, Florence, 50124

    Telephone

    +39 055 284 595

    Transport

    Bus 6A from Santa Maria Novella to Soderini, then 37 to Serragli

    Website

    Dolce Vita Website

  3. 3. Negroni - Bars

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    Negroni, Florence. Courtesy of Negroni Bar

    Perched on the Arno's south bank, in the Oltrarno district, Negroni attracts a lively young crowd with background electronic beats. They do a tasty aperitivo buffet, and a choice of cocktails. The outdoor terrace gets busy on summer evenings.Show this on map

    Address

    17r, Via dei Renai, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 243647

    Transport

    Bus D from Piazza della Stazione to Mozzi

    Website

    Negroni Website

  4. 4. Gilli - Bars

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    Gilli, Florence. © Bill Holmes

    The stunning Liberty decor, with chandeliers and polished wood, attracts tourists and locals to Gilli. This historic, city-centre café serves wines and spirits and is noted for its chocolate and cakes. The outside seats are perfect for people-watching.Show this on map

    Address

    1/r, Via Roma, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 213 896

    Transport

    C1 or C2 bus to Porta Rossa

    Website

    Gilli Website

  5. 5. Le Volpi e L'Uva - Bars

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    Discerning wine lovers seek out Le Volpi e l'Uva, an authentic Tuscan wine bar in the Oltrarno district near the Pitti Palace. Meaning 'the foxes and the grapes', it serves little-known regional Italian wines accompanied by cheese and cold meats.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Piazza dei Rossi, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 239 8132

    Transport

    Bus from Piazza della Stazione D to Bardi

    Website

    Le Volpi e l'Uva Website

Clubs

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  1. 6. Rex - Clubs

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    Idiosyncratic details and a young urban crowd make Florence's Rex cafe in Santa Croce an uplifting spot to ignite the evening. An ever-changing programme of gigs serves up reggae, indie and funky rhythms to accompany the cocktails and snacks.Show this on map

    Address

    23r, Via Fiesolana, Florence 50100

    Telephone

    +39 055 248 0331

    Transport

    Bus 14 or 23

  2. 7. Central Park - Clubs

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    Central Park is one of Florence's most popular clubs, located on the edge of the Parco delle Cascine park just outside the centre. There are several dance floors and music ranges from pop to house. Dancing moves outdoors in summer.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Via Fosso Macinante, Parco delle Cascine, Florence, 50144

    Telephone

    +39 055 359942

    Transport

    Busn 17C to Cascine

    Website

    Central Park Website

  3. 8. Tenax - Clubs

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    Alex Neri perfoming at Tenax, Florence. Courtesy of Tenax

    Tenax is one of the most influential nightclubs in Florence. It also hosts live international acts. Located near Peretola airport, the warehouse-style venue welcomes big-name DJs and a young, alternative crowd. The lively Nobody's Perfect parties on Saturdays are popular.Show this on map

    Address

    46r, Via Pratese, Florence, 50127

    Telephone

    +39 055 308 160

    Transport

    Bus 28 from Santa Maria Novella to Fratelli Rossellini, then 29 to Via Pratese

    Website

    Tenax Website

  4. 9. Yab - Clubs

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    The interior at Yab, Florence. Courtesy of Yab

    In the heart of Florence, Yab attracts clubbers with creative theme nights. Monday is Hip Hop galore, Thursday celebrates glamour while "Guilty" is Saturday's theme with top international DJs. Dinner is available on most evenings at the club's restaurant.Show this on map

    Address

    5/R, Via Sassetti, Florence 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 215160

    Transport

    Bus 22 from Santa Maria Novella to Vecchietti

    Website

    Yab Website

Entertainment

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  1. 10. Teatro della Pergola - Entertainment

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    It's worth a trip to the Teatro della Pergola, near the Cathedral, simply to see the ornate interior. The theatre dates back to the 17th century and was once reserved for aristocrats. It now stages theatrical performances and classical concerts.Show this on map

    Address

    18/32, Via della Pergola, Florence, 50100

    Telephone

    +39 055226 4353

    Transport

    Bus 14 to Via Sant'Egido

    Website

    Teatro della Pergola Website

  2. 11. L'Auditorium Flog - Entertainment

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    L'Auditorium Flog, Florence. Photo by Monelle Chiti

    Auditorium Flog, north of Florence's city centre, is a major venue for visiting bands. Music performed here is generally rock or avant garde, rather than mainstream. The venue also hosts an annual festival featuring music from around the world.Show this on map

    Address

    24b, Via M Mercati, Rifredi, Florence, 50139

    Telephone

    +39 055 477978

    Transport

    Bus 4 to Celso

    Website

    L'Auditorium Flog Website

  3. 12. Jazz Club - Entertainment

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    The Jazz Club, situated a short walk from the S S Annunziata church, north of the Cathedral, is Florence's top jazz venue. Quality jazz acts perform in a relaxed atmosphere. Jam sessions take place every Wednesday.Show this on map

    Address

    3, Via Nuova de' Caccini, Florence, 50121

    Telephone

    +39 055 247 9700

    Transport

    Bus 23A from Santa Maria Novella to Via della Colonna

    Website

    Jazz Club Website

  4. 13. Teatro Comunale - Entertainment

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    Teatro Comunale, Florence. © Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Fondazione

    Teatro Comunale is a short distance from Porta al Prato gate, in central Florence. It was built in the 19th century and is the main venue for opera, ballet and classical concerts, as well as the famous May Music Festival.Show this on map

    Address

    16, Corso Italia, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 2779350

    Transport

    Electric bus B to Via Magenta

    Website

    Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Website

  5. 14. Odeon Cinehall - Entertainment

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    Odeon Cinema, Florence. Courtesy of Gruppo Germani CineHall

    Italy is famed for its film industry and the art nouveau interior of Odeon Cinehall, near Piazza della Repubblica square, makes a trip to the cinema a pleasure. Come to see Italian language films, and Hollywood blockbusters shown in English.Show this on map

    Address

    Piazza Strozzi, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 21 40 68

    Transport

    Bus 6B to Vecchietti

    Website

    Oden Cinehall Website

  6. 15. Teatro Verdi - Entertainment

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    Teatro Verdi, close to the Basilica of Santa Croce, is a 19th-century theatre with a varied performance programme that ranges from theatrical productions (in Italian) to ballet, classical concerts and even musicals. The acclaimed Orchestra della Toscana regularly performs here.Show this on map

    Address

    99, Via Ghibellina, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 212 320

    Transport

    Bus 23A From Santa Maria Novella to Via del Territorio

    Website

    Teatro Verdi Website

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