In the hot summer nights Piazza Unita is usually crowded by the both, locals and tourists who ejoy in walkings, refreshing air coming from the sea-water front, meeting each other or sipping cold drinks in number of bars around the square.
It is also open-air stage for concerts or other events.
Bring along dozen or two cold bears, watch beautiful people passing by, catch some refresing wind coming out from the sea and forget all troubles you have had.
Dress Code: Anything with no sleeves and leggings.
The Teatro Stabile Friùli Venezia Giulia, whose main seat is the Politeama Rossetti (built in 1878), is the main theatre in Trieste, apart from the opera house Teatro Giuseppe Verdi.
Every theatre play usually runs for five times, including an afternoon and a Sunday performance, while the others start at 20.30 - 21. I subscribed to the 2005-2006 season and enjoyed it a lot.
Also ballets and musicals are performed in this theatre, but they cost more than theatre plays, so I couldn't see them.
The top of the building houses the Sala Bartoli, where special plays, not included in the Rossetti drama season are performed. To see these shows, you don't need to book a seat (so called "free-entrance shows"), but this means you must arrive in advance to be sure to get a seat in a good position. I went there with some university mates in March 2007 to see a play by John Osborne (which I didn't enjoy much) but, since two of them arrived late, we had to sit down in the last row...
Dress Code: you should wear decent clothes, but be aware that it can be hot inside.
Teatro Verdi is the opera house of Trieste. It is located inside a beautiful building (photos to come) close to Piazza Unità d'Italia. Many operas are scheduled from autumn to spring and every opera is performed several times within a week. Unfortunately, I have never attended one because I have often been busy with my studies and because the only afternoon performances (which are also cheaper) are held on Saturday or Sunday, when I'm at home in Rovigo. Otherwise, the other shifts take place at 21 and finish by midnight, which is quite late for me, since my flat is quite far away from the opera house.
Dress Code: although I have never attended an opera, I know that most spectators are well-to-do aged people, so one should dress in quite an elegant and classic way. After all, it is an opera house, not a stadium!
I didn't know if I should post a tip in the restaurant or nightlife themes because it was just a place where to go for a drink since few time ago but now they started a restaurant service and the food is very good! They have good fresh fish plates and the place is very nice. During the day you can rent a deckchair and stay on the sea and have a drink.
Trieste's nightlife is not comparable to Rome's or other big cities.....but even here is possible to find nice things to do.
Obviously nightlife is easier in summer...thanks to warm temperatures!
Compared with prices of other big italian cities our prices are not so high.
Anyway, this last period wasn't a good one for people wanting places where to enjoy. Trieste is ablìove all a town inhabitated by old people who want peace and silence. Things that don't gt on well with music and chaos! From last year many discos have been closed (not because the ld people LOL), others won't open this summer and others have still to open.
Thhis summer surely places in Grignano will be open. Grignano is immediately outside Trieste with some bars,a sort of meeting points of all youth people of Trieste.
Beside that, Trieste is quite near,having the car, to Grado and Lignano.These two are quite important seaside resorts full of bars,discos,pubs and whatever you like!!!!
In the old parte of Trieste, that now is getting better and better there is this place in a very narrow road where you can sit on the sofà sipping your drink,listening music.You can also check your mail as it is also an internet cafè and bookshop.
It's open from 10am to midnight,closed on Wednesday.
In the centre of Trieste, next Saint Anthony Church there is "Circus", a very nice place where is possible to spend time chatting,drinking good wine and eating.
6.30pm-7 start what is called in italin "aperitivo"=appetizer. You can find lots of young people that meet each other after work.
The Tender - Irish pub and the club nearby (which I don't know the name of)
Very strong vodkas, good atmosphere, live music (on one of the nights anyway) and they also do food. We ended up in here two of the nights in Trieste and vaguely remember leaving! There is also a club not too far from the pub (can't remember what it was called).
To start the night off, this is a great place to grab a drink. As long as it is not a mojito. In spite of a bad mojito to start, this place wins you over with its cozy feel and old movie posters. In addition, coming free with your drinks are an assortment of meats, cheeses, and breads. I got full on the snacks, and still got to drink! Great place! Once again, without the mojito...
Dress Code: Jeans are fine.
If you are wanting to enjoy the view over Piazza dell' Unita in Trieste and have a drink as well, this is the spot for you. The Bar Unita has inside and outside seating which allows you to people watch as you sip on your drink. Drinks are strong, as they normally are in Trieste.
Restaurant by day, trendy bar by night, this isa great place to spend an evening drinking with friends. Banjo and I had maybe a few too many here, or was it the drinking beforehand? I don't remember, but with the friends, music, and rum & Cokes, I had an excellent time. You will too!
Just a short drive from Trieste is the town of Sistiana. Most people come here for the bars, and that is just what we did. There are several bars along the seafront. The one Banjo took me to was called Cantera Cafe. Good times with good people in a good bar... can't beat it.
On Monday evenings: Salsa and Merengue.
Thursday: Latin American and Caraibbean music.
Saturday: disco music for teenagers mostly.
It opens at 10 p.m, entrance is free, but you must have at least one drink (from 3 Euro upwards).
In Trieste, people love food and going out at night, especially in the summer and during the weekend!!! I've been told that that's why beside the traditional restaurants a number of original, 'different' places have opened in recent years, offering a stimulating variety of specialities at all times, even when it would seem too late for dinner.
In the old cafès, restored and popular as ever, you won't just have your afternoon tea: a cafè is the perfect place for a pleasant evening with friends or an occasion to meet new people!!! Caffè San Marco is a favourite haunt of students and chess players. The oldest cafè of all, Tommaseo has recently opened a restaurant and welcomes guests after the theatre, offering live music. A renovated Caffè degli Specchi has just opened in Piazza dell'Unità (it's also a restaurant). But if you're looking for live music, you can choose between hip hop, in Viale Ippodromo, offering a progrmme of national and international artists, and another traditional night haunt, the Macaki, in Viale XX Settembre (rock, jazz, blues...);DJs animate soirèes at the Caffè della Musica, at the Caffetteria del Borgo and at the Round Midnight.
Several 'birrerie' are open late at night. Bennigan's Pub 1902, on the waterfront, where you can also sit outside, and the Old London Pub, where you can also dine. If you prefer German tradition to Irish or English atmosphere and beers, the place will be the Augustiner Stube. Out of town, Bowling Duino, a pleasant restaurant surrounded by a lovely garden, also stays open late.
As to Discos, in the very centre of town, near Piazza Unità, you will find the Mandracchio. Just out of town, in Bsrcola, the Machiavelli is a very popular disco. If you like the idea of dancing on the beach (cool!!!), that's just what the Cantera Cafè disco bar in Sistiana Mare can offer, it's open every evening, Sundays included.