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Nightlife in Bologna

Bologna is a vibrant university city with an equally lively nightlife. Bars and clubs congregate round Piazza Maggiore square and the hip University quarter, specialising in cocktails or sedate glasses of wine, the latest techno or live music at venues like Osteria Polese. Most clubs open approximately 9pm-3am and dress code is smart. Many bars serve food and drinks throughout the day and into the small hours.

Bars

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  1. 1. Zanarini - Bars

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    Zanarini, Bologna. Photo by Heather Sills, © Whatsonwhen

    The period decor has been given a sleek modern makeover but Zanarini remains one of Bologna's best-known bars. It's a sophisticated retreat for an aperitif after shopping in Galleria Cavour next door, and is famous for its outrageously good cakes.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Piazza Galvani, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 275 0041

    Transport

    Bus A, C or 11 to Via Farini

  2. 2. Le Stanze - Bars

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    Few cocktail bars are as stunningly located as Le Stanze, housed in a former chapel in the University quarter with Renaissance frescoes on ceilings and walls. The candlelit ambience, cocktails and laid-back music are a fine match for the surroundings.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Via Borgo di San Pietro, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 051 228 767

    Transport

    Bus C to Via delle Moline

    Website

    Le Stanze Website

  3. 3. Cafe de Paris - Bars

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    Just off Piazza Maggiore square, popular Cafe de Paris serves inventive cocktails accompanied by good-quality bar snacks in the early evening and into the night. Grab a table on the terrace for people-watching to a cool soundtrack.Show this on map

    Address

    1c, Piazza della Francia, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 234 980

    Transport

    Bus 11 to Piazza Minghetti

    Website

    Cafe de Paris Website

  4. 4. Godot Wine Bar - Bars

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    Cosy Godot Wine Bar, in the trendy University quarter, serves fine wines from near and far. Choose rare and interesting wines by the glass or bottle and nibble on cheeses or mortadella.Show this on map

    Address

    12, Via Cartoleria, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 226 315

    Transport

    Bus C or 11 to Via Santo Stefano

    Website

    Godot Wine Bar Website

Clubs

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  1. 5. Kinki - Clubs

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    Kinki, Bologna. Courtesy of Kinki

    Popular Kinki near the Two Towers welcomes a mixed crowd and plays mainly house music. Make a date with The Basement every other Sunday for laid-back sounds, welcoming sofas, glasses of bubbly and home-made bar food.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Via Zamboni, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 051 266 028

    Transport

    Bus 14 to Piazza Porta Ravegnana

    Website

    Kinki Website

  2. 6. La Scuderia - Clubs

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    Near the Two Towers, La Scuderia is a modern nightclub housed in the former stable of the Bentivoglio family. The atmosphere is art-gallery cool, with crowds swinging to smooth jazz and house. Get things started by dining at the restaurant.Show this on map

    Address

    2, Piazza Verdi, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 051 6569619

    Transport

    Bus: 14 to Piazza Porta Ravegnana

    Website

    La Scuderia Website

Entertainment

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  1. 7. Osteria Polese - Entertainment

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    Just south of the train station, the moody New York-style Chez Baker jazz club hosts seriously good local and international jazz. Eat along with the music in the basement or dine before the show in the main dining room.Show this on map

    Address

    7a, Via Polese, Bologna 40122

    Telephone

    +39 051 223 795

    Transport

    Bus 11, 28 or 30 to Via Marconi

    Website

    Osteria Polese Website

  2. 8. Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Entertainment

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    Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bologna. Courtesy of Teatro Comunale di Bologna

    Teatro Comunale di Bologna, north-east of Piazza Maggiore square, is one of Italy's most significant classical music and opera venues. With its golden tiers of arched balconies, it's a sumptuous location to enjoy year-round seasons of opera, symphonies, ballet and concerts.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Largo Respighi, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 051 529958

    Transport

    Bus C to Largo Respighi

    Website

    Teatro Comunale di Bologna Website

  3. 9. Cantina Bentivoglio - Entertainment

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    Cantina Bentivoglio is a friendly, upbeat live jazz club near the University quarter which doubles as a restaurant and wine bar. The lively calendar of entertainment has attracted such luminaries as Ron Blake, Max Roach and Wynton Marsalis.Show this on map

    Address

    4b, Via Mascarella, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 051 265 416

    Transport

    Bus C to Via delle Moline

    Website

    Cantina Bentivoglio Website

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