Go to a happy hour. Between 6...
Go to a happy hour. Between 6 and 8, 9 or even 10 pm, almost every pub or bar is offering some food or buffet for free if you buy a drink which usually is half price or at least with a discount. It's very popular among the young people and it's not difficult to find a place where to have a complete dinner (on buffet) buying a beer or a cocktail (prices from 4000 lit to 10000 lit: 4 to 10 dem, 2 to 5 Euro). Not many places in Italy are doing this way.
Walk through the back streets (aren't they all). This area is about a block from Piazza Duomo and is one of Milans oldest streets, includes private residences and shops. Several beautiful churches within a few blocks also, the Church of San Satiro being one.
...to more affordable
For more affordable purchases, there are four important streets in the city that are almost entirely dedicated to shopping: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese. Corso Vittorio Emanuele links Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila, and begins with the Rinascente, the monument to Milanese shopping that owes its name to Gabriele d'Annunzio. In Corso Vittorio Emanuele there are sophisticated label shops, such as Max Mara, Moreschi, Bruno Magli and Pollini, but there are also more popular labels such as H&M, Zara and Furla. Corso Buenos Aires, that is one of the longest streets in Europe, connects Porta Venezia to Piazzale Loreto, and is even more commercial: here you can find Timberland, Mandarina Duck, Benetton, Kookai and Nara Camice.
In Via Torino that stretches between the Duomo and Corso di Porta Ticinese, the average shopper’s age is much lower and the casual style is sportier, with Foot Looker, Camper and Energy shops all here.
The nearer you get to the Navigli area, which is the temple of street-style, the more the shop scenario changes. Corso di Porta Ticinese, a continuation of Via Torino that takes you right up to Piazza XXIV Maggio, is the right place for those “alternative” purchases: Custo-Barcellona, Diesel, Miss Sixteen, Gas and Fornarina stand alongside second-hand clothes shops, shops with bizarre objects for the home, handmade clothes and accessory stores made from silk and other precious materials.
A bit loud, but...
This is a nice place for a beer (or two...) in the south part of Milan centre. Closest metro station is Pagano (red line) I would guess.
Was here with my friends on a short trip, and it's really nice. Good service, but quite noisy. So if you're looking for a romantic date with lots of talking this is not the place. Loud music, and a lot of shouting to hear anything.
They have a very nice outside place, so during the summer months you can sit there, and in a more silent place. Small tables though, so if you're many people you'll have problem to find a chair for everyone.
They have quite many different beers to choose from, and also a menu for food. Which is available late. We got there around midnight, and it was still possible to get served food. Think a "birra media" cost around 5 euro. Not really sure, I just paid and looked happy... ;)
The birreria closed way too early, around 1am. So not a place if you want to stay long...
Apparently there is a much more famous "Birreria Accademia" in Venice. With lots of live music. Would guess, although there were none when we visited, there are quite many live bands also in Milano. But I don't know if they have anything in common with the bar in Venice. Come as you are, as long as you aren't naked...
If you plan to use Buses, Tram...
If you plan to use Buses, Tram and Underground to get around, be sure to buy a weekly or monthly pass. They recently rised the 'single' ticket to 1 Euro and lowered all the passes. E.g. 1 week pass will cost you 9 Euro. For more info: click here