Being a university town, Bologna's streets are very alive at night. Young and energetic students are frequently seen either bar hopping or simply gathered in groups in the piazze and under the porticoes lining the streets. With Bologna and its treasured architecture gloriously illuminated by night, a stroll down the streets, or a sit-down at one of the piazze among the young students could be a rather magical experience. Attached are several photos of Bologna by night.
This is a old industrial space that some young citizen have 'occupied' to make culture: u can find mucis (from electronic to funky music), theatre, workshop, live concert, sperimental project, restaurant, bar....this is en empty space taken from the people to make something good.....
The website is in italian, but u can find what u want........self meneged social center
concert, live music, arts.....
Dress Code: undressed is better!....up to u is ever the best!
If you have only one night in Bologna, Cantina Bentivoglio would be your best bet. It features some of the city's best jazz, and on the side, serves some good food, and has extensive wine collection (500+ labels). I went here on a Friday night and the place was packed by around 9 pm. I was lucky to be given a table in front of the mini-stage where the jazz band was scheduled to perform. While waiting for the live entertainment, I was feasting on my appetizer - prawn with cauliflower and olives (nothing spectacular, but the prawn was fresh, that I could tell) and happily tackling my 750ml bottle of Montepulciano rose. By the time the music was in full swing, I was enjoying my main course - this time a bolder, meatier choice - rack of lamb with potato (again, nothing spectacular, but the lamb was tender, that I could tell). A tad tipsy, and humming along with the jazz band, I made room for dessert - chocolate mousse (again, nothing spectacular, but the mousse was not overdone).
It was a great evening, which was capped by some more partying around Via Mascarella.
Pratello street is in the city center and the area is fullof bar, cheap restaurant, take away and pubs,,,so it's one of the prefered area to have a meeting with friends or take a simply glass of wine looking around to find some known faces. The university student like this place a lot and they make some noise, so in the last years the municipality put restriction to the pub openig hours ( 2 o'clock - very strange for italy) or the restriction to sell bear and alcolichs in the shop after 9 o'clock.....but the student have always fun!
Dress Code: What you want
Cantina Bentivoglio is an atmospheric wine bar and restaurant set over two floors in Bologna's university quarter. It is also one of the best places in the city to listen to jazz, with shows held most nights.
Bentivoglio's walls are lined with wine bottles, giving you a taste of the 400+ different labels on offer from its cellars. This is a great place to sample some Italian wines, though they do stock wines from all over the world in case your preference is for a new world wine for example.
The menu has a decent selection of snacks and meals and the prices are comparatively cheap. Bookings are recommended, especially on the weekends. That said, we did manage to get a table on a Sunday evening without a reservation.
As we had had a big lunch that day, we only needed something light for dinner. Anyway, the main reason we went to Bentivoglio was to sample some wines ; ) We ordered a couple of different half bottles of Italian red wine and enjoyed our selection.
To eat, we just shared a couple of serves of Crostini - a flat bread with savoury toppings. We had the Crostini al Prosciutto, with parma ham, and the Crostini Romagnolo, which had soft cheese and rocket.
I loved the atmosphere at Bentivoglio and would definitely return again and hopefully check out some jazz next time too.
Dress Code: Smart casual worked fine for us
On our first visit to Bologna in Sep 2002 we were looking for somewhere to stop at apertivo hour (pre-dinner) to relax and have a drink. We came across Rosa Rose, which is located on a cobbled street not far from Piazza Maggiore. It was pretty busy, with plenty of locals having as post-work drink so it seemed to be a good option.
We managed to get a small table out the front on the street, though it happened to be the very last table in a long line, and the busy waiters chose to ignore us for ages. In the end Alex went inside to try and order and they just told him they would be out to us soon.
So, finally we ordered some drinks, and after a thirsty wait they arrived, along with some little complimentary snacks. We enjoyed our drinks and some people watching and then waited in vain for a waiter to come near us so we could pay for our drinks....eventually we gave up hope of ever seeing a waiter again, and we did a very naughty thing....we just walked away. No one noticed.
Dress Code: Italian cool
In the city center near Pavaglione portico, it's the first fashion chic of the town.....a milan desiner choose the forniture, the place is nice but the people bad, they seem puppet looking each other, making comments onthe shoes, the coat, the way to keep teh bear in the hand.....one hour year is more tired than 3 hour running...u have to do the right things!!!!!
Too much crowded, the service is bad as the cocktail!
Dress Code: Fashion victim's !!!!!!!
What they write about them:
"Recognizable, easy to pronounce and to remember. The objective is that one to become the premises of reference for the persons of age comprised between the 20 and the 50 years, weel-off people, fashionable, sportswomen, to which appeal to a high standard of living. The exclusive feature of the target, the competence, the professionality and the quality of the service are guaranteed from the Associates of the premises, that they attend every day from the hour of opening until closed. The curricula of the Associates are guarantee of ability in the field of the restaurant and the amusement, with professional distances consolidate you from manageriali experiences to the foreign country - Miami Beach, New York, Blue Coast, Principato di Monaco - and in Italy - Milan, Rome, Fort of Marbles and Port Red deer -.
If u are in Bologna the first week end of July u can see or enjoy this Rave parade...is similar to the Berlin Street rave parade: the last saturday of June in the afternoon a big snake of 30 big trucks with sound blaster and sound sisteym and dj's set with techno, hard core, trance and goa music made a big circuit in the street of the city, from Villa Angeletti, behiond the station to the ring street round the old city, pass trhought via Indipendenza and go back to Villa Angeletti to spend the rest of the night and the day after...80 hundred young people this year followed the truck like in Salvador Carnival, dancing, drinking....and smoking too!
I don't like to much this music, but it's spectacular to spend a differnt saturday night in this rave...u can follow the truck or only stay in a corner to do 'waching people'...it's amazing all the kind of persons u can find!
Have a nice rave!
I belive that people from the so called west world are used to make all the things as easy as it is possible, so the invented dubbing instead of subtitles (not to be unfair to the east I once saw the John Wayne's movie dubbed in Russian and I cant forget that John's: 'Mikhailo pategnit pistol!' that made me lough for over than a hour and on - but that's another story). What I want to say is: wouldn't it be worth to think about having a copy of film in originl language so the people who are not familiar with e.g. Italian language can see the film to. Especialy in tourist zones that solution would be very nice.
However: I've been watching Spider man (see pic) and belive me; even the movie would be dubbed in Svahili or even in Chinese I wouldn't mind - those ones who have seen this movie would know what I was thinking about :-)
Dress Code: Hey, you know what to wear when you're waching movies (or you have never been in cinema yet?)
Like shopping? As far as I'm concerned, nothing wise is to be bought, but in all those shops your euros will leave your wallets without you are knowing that. So be carefull!
Dress Code: Start naked, at the end you would be far to much dressed (and without any money).
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