5 places to discover the Navigli in Milan
1) Bar Tabacchi La Darsena da Peppuccio
Everyone calls it Peppuccio, after its owner, and it looks like any other bar/tobacco shop. Perhaps that is why the radical chic crowd loves this place so much. Well, and then there’s also the jazz improv in front of the counter – Peppuccio is also a jazz musician. A popular place with models, students, ‘sciure’ (ladies in Milanese), musicians and passers-by in no specific order.
2) Elita BAR
Never out of style, despite the volatility of the Milanese, who continue to love this cocktail bar that is slightly off-piste from the Naviglio, with its modern-industrial decor. The mixed drinks, and the excellent gins especially, together with the kitchen, which is open well into the wee hours, are its strong points. A creation of Elita, who organises many events in the city.
Ugo, a completely different, retro place, which resembles a Parisian salon, is just a short distance from Elita BAR. Even the cocktails, which accompany your aperitif served at the table, sometimes have a vintage look and feel. Ask barman Luca Vezzali for advice about more creative options. Small tables outside.
4) Rebelot del Pont de Ferr
Exposed bricks, a large bar, an impressive line-up of bottles and a crowd that is used to drinking and eating well. Take a seat at the tables and enjoy the nibbles that are prepared to order and always different. And if you want, you can even stay for dinner.
5) Morgante Cocktail & Soul
This bar takes its name from the owner, Gianfranco Morgante, the architect who transformed a former art gallery into a cocktail bar with a kitchen, in the historic Vicolo dei Lavandai. Over 150 options on the sophisticated drinks menu, which you can pair with freshly-cooked food. A relaxing corner in the bustling Navigli.
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