I am not good in writing nightlife tips, simply because I am not the person who goes out in bars and pubs when I am travelling alone. And I would not have listed this one under nightlife if I wouldn’t know that many people like to have a pre-dinner drink.
On my third day in Bologna, in late afternoon, I was in the northeastern section of town and simply tired. I needed a coffee and something to drink, or I should better say water and more water. When I passed Nearea Lounge Bar I was first slightly sceptical because I expected higher prices, but then very pleased to see extremely reasonable ones for coffee. So I sat down and ordered a latte macchiato, a bottle of water (0,5 litre) and a bottle of Italian lemonade (0,3 litre). All very tasty, especially the lemonade (sadly I forgot to note down the brand; it was not San Pellegrino, but an Italian brand).
Can you believe that I paid only 5 Euro for the beverages in my photo??? Latte Macchiato was 1,20 Euro (!!), the water was 1 Euro (!!) and the lemonade was 2,80 Euro.
Bar Neaera also offers small food in the evening, as aperitivo. See @Leics' review: Neaera Lounge Bar: "Decent aperitivi"
Bar Neaera is located in Via Oberdan, nearby where the street crosses Via delle Moline and Via Augusto Righi. Very close to Penelope’s main B&B where I plan to stay when I come to Bologna again.
They don’t have a website but only a Facebook Fanpage.
Location of Neaera Lounge Bar on Bing Maps.
© Ingrid D., September 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
I adore such a small terraces in front of the cafe-bars, like this one in via Drapperie. Nothing can be replaced with enjoyable moments like sitting here after good dinner and sipping glass of cold wine. Damped sound of music from the back side, hopfully rock n' roll, and the crowd in front walking or strolling, who cares where to, is all what you need.
Dress Code: Caffe delle Drapperie is both, a cafe-bar and the pastry shop. Here one can enjoy in excellent Italian espresso, cold drinks, good wines or sweet and delicious ice.cream.
It was late afternoon of one hot summer day and I needed a break after long strollings around. To be honest, I prefer Italian cafe-bars but not one of them around had a terrace and besides, this pub was very close to the garage where I left my car. At first I even didn't noticed it was an Irish pub.
According to the menu The Auld Dubliner offers chance to have dinner or tease traditional Italian and Irish dishes. The kitchen is always open from 12-02:30, every day. Happy hours is from 16-18 daily, for all beers and buffet. Every thursdays there is live music in the pub.
Dress Code: Iwas too tired and too lazy to make pics of the interiors, this on the pics is what I could have seen from mthe terrace.
Should you yearn for the lively craic of an Irish pub get yourself down to the Cluricaune. I didn’t see any Cluricanes (a sort of Irish sprite) although given the amount of alcohol consumption taking place I suspect a few of the students may have. Now back to that revision.
Dress Code: Scruffs welcome.
Always located in the city centre, the Byblos used to be one of my favourite places in the centre. Unfortunately it went through the same wave of changes that is investing most of my (ex) favourite night spots in Bologna. They are pleasant cozy places, the close, and when they re-open they become incredibly posh bars, all furnished in white (they all look the same) and the lost the magic they had. But then again...it you are the posh type, you will love it. I don't.
Though overshadowed by the more prominently placed Cluricane on Via Zamboni, Madigan?s is hands down the best Irish pub in town. It?s very reasonably priced, and is always a good time.
This chic bar, with outdoor seating, is popular with Bologna's trendy crowd at aperitivo hour. They serve a wide range of wines; beers; and spirits, as well as some free snacks and light meals. This is a great place to go and have a few drinks, while mixing with some of the locals.
Cosy osteria where to eat very good food and drinks at a good price. They serve many snacks, and pasta (every day they change) and also seconde courses, like meat, vegetable, and so on. Have a piadina and red wine, or a good beer. Very nice is the "piatto dell'amicizia" ("friendship dish"), a huge plate with half kilo pasta to eat with friends :)
Irish pubs are an ubiquitous feature of the nightlife scene anywhere in the world. This one just happens to be my favorite place in Bologna to enjoy a pint of Guinness. It gets going around 11 and there's an upstairs smoking area. The only thing missing here that you'd usually find in an Irish pub are some televisions showing sporting events. Friendly staff, especially Mick, an animated Irish bloke with a penchant for attracting crazy, beautiful women to his bar.
Dress Code: It's an Irish pub in a university town. No worries, mate. Wear what you dig.
Located in the university area. It's a very good pub, always full of people. It has tvs to see international soccer matches. If you aren't interested in soccer, then check the dates of the important matches, otherwise you won't find place...and this is the same in most of the pubs in Bologna!
Like the others places mentioned before, it's a typical place for students. The entrance is free. They have excellent cocktails at 5.50 euros and everyday there is happy hour from 21.00 to 22.00 (u pay 1 cocktail and u get two). The music is pop/dance. After midnight it gets quite crowded and the music is very loud, although there's no really place to dance!
They have a lot of different types of beer, mostly German, (but also Belgian, Scottish and others) each served in its specific glass, and they also make german-like dishes like those with "bratwurst" (sausage), sauerkraut or potatoes. Anyway it's most of the time quite empty and not many young people go there.
Very nice Irish Pub (there are some in Bologna). Anyway I often go there, I like the atmosphere. They serve good beer (of course) and snacks. However you can also have dinner and lunch there cos it's open all day long.
Once a very good place to have a typical "piadina" and good wine, now it has got much worse. Piadinas are not good anymore, french fries suck, and pasta dishes are frozen. ALso cocktails are really bad. AVOID GOING THERE!!
The real fashion cafý in Bologna becuase it's located in front of the clothing shop "Cafý de palais". It looks like an art-gallery cafý with pictures on the walls. It has also a privý that you can rent for your meeting or special parties (it costs 100 euros per hour).
Dress Code: A casual style is quite good during the afternoon but at night tie is required :-)