Passing by this bar early on Saturday afternoon, we were attracted to the board advertising some imaginatively named beers - think this might be quite popular during EurMeet 2012!
The owner let us have a look around inside - it was quite spacious, with a mezzanine level as well as an inside seating area. Seating outside too.
When we returned on Tuesday afternoon, we were just a bit too soon for 'Happy Hour' but ordered an Aperol Spritz and a draught beer, and enjoyed a rest, while 'people watching'
Dress Code: Not sure - guess it will be a mix of casual and 'smart casual'
This is a great wine bar just off the 'main drag' of Bergamo's Citta Bassa.
We had a few drinks here over the course of our March 2012 visit and chose it as our venue for the First Timer's Gathering during EurMeet.
There is a great selection of wine and even a beer or two available. The venue has a few seats outside on the pavement as well as a seating area in the front near the bar, a rear seating area and an enclosed outside room to the rear.
We had Happy Hour there one evening - which was pleasant, but by no-means the best Happy Hour in Bergamo. The wine selection is extensive with bottles on shelves all around and plenty of options to enjoy with the bar staff being quite happy to make recommendations.
Dress Code: Smart casual - no evidence of anything better than this.
Citta Alta is one of only 3 completely walled Medieval towns in Europe. In days of yore, the heavy gates to the city were closed each night at 22.00hours, to protect the citizens within.
In order to warn the good people of Bergamo (the Bergamaschi), (who of course, didn't sport watches) of the approaching 'lock out', the bells of the Campanone (Torre Civica) were rung - a custom that continues to this day.
So I'd suggest grabbing a seat at one of the bars, and watch as the square starts to fill with others wanting to enjoy the sounds of the Big Bell as it is struck 100 times.
Strangely, during our visit in May, Gillybob and I were positioned in the square, ready .... and nothing! The bells didn't ring, so thinking I'd got the time wrong, we hung around until 22.30 .... again nothing! When I mentioned this to the staff in the Tourist Information Office the next day, they were quite surprised that the bells hadn't rung, and didn't know why they hadn't.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
From September to May it can be quite chilly at night, so bring a jacket/fleece/coat etc.
I like this place, it's small but cosy and waitresses are very kind and nice. I go there with friends very often and we like to sit down on the stools near the little window where you can see people walking on the street. You can choose between some kind of delicious beers and many brands of whiskey, cognac and rum.
It's very easy to reach this pub: if you're going up toward piazza vecchia you'll find it on the right few meters before the square.
Main dancefloor: culture club / house / electronic. Latest guests: Groove Armada, Alessio Bertallot, Sex in Dallas.
Chill out room: lounge / r'n'b.
* Membership required. Entry € 12 (€ 10 with flyer).
Dress Code: No dress code. Temperature tends to be tropical -- a sleeveless t-shirt won't be inappropriate.
"Tucans" is nice looking Irish pub, not cheap but also not too expensive. The ambient is typical Irish styled pub, all in wood offering great and very relaxed atmosphere. If alone, you need exactly 3-5 seconds to start chatting with a guest next to you or with the barmen. After 5 minutes you'll be accepted and feel as regular guest.
If you're out in Bergamo's lower city of an evening and want a drink in relaxed surroundings, you could do worse than this place. The atmosphere and service was efficient and friendly. Well, apart from the guy at the bar who almost started a fight with my boyfriend when he brushed past him.
Beer & Wine is styled as an English pub, but it's a typically Italian take on one with continental service and plenty of British (and Irish) paraphernalia on the walls. Which is fine as it's nice to have your drinks brought to you and to be able to order cocktails and hot chocolate as well as the usual pub booze. There are bar snacks such as sandwiches too.
Very conveniently situated for anyone staying in the lower part of the city, especially if you're on your way to or from the funicular. It was strangely quiet on a Friday evening though. Maybe those in the know go elsewhere? Perhaps it's the annoying pop music on the stereo!
Dress Code: Very casual - anything goes.
surrounded by the hills of bergamo this bar is really funny.it's a wonderfull place were you can relax in a joyfull park during the day and you can listen to live music and dj's set at night.
if you come in bergamo you cannot miss it.
bergamo is a pretty cultured sort of place very safe but not particularly friendly.
the restaurants are fine, but the bars lack any real craic or atmosphere,also the locals speak very little english,good place for couples ,but little for groups of men or women to do at night
Wondered into an Irish pub after walking up to the castle and being totally exhuasted!!
ordered 2 pints. To our amazement they came to 4.50 each. However, whilst sitting down a large plate of snacks was also brought for us. consisting of cheese bread, cheese and ham, potatoe and some hot pasta.
After that I was seriously considering not bothering eating dinner and stay here knocking back pints!
A gay-friendly bar (although most of the audience are straight) with live drag shows on Wed. and Sat. night. Usually overcrowded, lively and smoky.
Open 7pm to 2am.
No cover charge, but you will be kindly pressed to order a drink (cheaper than average, anyway).
Dress Code: Dress as you like.
Quite hip and fashion-oriented. Open on Thu., Sat. and Sun. They have a sort of selective door policy. A trendy attire and/or being with a girlfriend will be helpful.
Entry on Sun.: € 18 (€ 15 with flyer).
Dress Code: Smart casual for guys, dressed up for ladies.
The Ritual is just the place for chill out on weekdays and have a decent Guinness or a Kilkenny. This is the place where the locals mingles with the foreigners, basically the only one in town. It's nothing special but nice people gather here. It's the ideal place to meet new people before going to dance. Chance to see the int'l football matches.
Dress Code: Dress as you like
Yes, finally we have a sort of a disco in Bergamo. Coz of an agreement with the Church there couldn't be any disco here...
Byron's a quite snob club, but on Tuesdays it welcomes Erasmus students and foreign tourist. The entrance is free. It has two rooms, one designed for live music or pre dancing and the other one is a small disco.
The atmosphere is quite entertaining, the club is indeed small and can become overcrowded.
Dress Code: Smart on Fridays and Sats.
The view over Bergamo at night is beautiful. During our walk through the city at night we came to this lookout point with gave us a view over the new city of Bergamo. It looked so beautiful! We stood here quite a while enjoying the view.