Bar Magenta, Milan
Bar Magenta gives me the feeling of an English bar. It’s situated close to the Cadorna train- and metrostation. It’s probably the most classic bar in the whole Milano, opened 1907 (!) and it was actually in this place they started the now very popular “aperitivo”.
It’s said to be crowded with celebrities, but I can’t say I’ve seen anyone… Probably gone there too late in the nights... :)
It’s open all day and evening, from 8am to 03am and you could get there for lunch, breakfast or just some beers in the evening.
There is of course also the possibility to eat, although I wouldn’t rank it as a restaurant.
The most important thing you should think about when entering this place is that you’ll pay in advance. Could be good to know so that you won’t stand in the line for a beer, only to get refused to get anything since you haven’t paid it…
So, directly when you enter, go to the right, and tell the lady there what you want to drink, pay – and you’ll be fine.
They have a lot of different beer and wine here, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
Harp, Tennent’s Extra or a Heineken is normally my choice here.
Dress Code: Dress normally.
A great lively atmosphere! This popular bar is best visited with a bunch of friends during apperitivo, a time when free appetizers are given out, usually around 7 pm. This is somewhat of a 'happy hour' with free food and reduced price drinks. Go to the cashier first to order your drinks (the drink menu is on the wall behind him), pay him and take your reciept to the bartender who will then make your drink. The sangria here is excellent as is their grasshopper. In addition to mixed drinks, you'll find an assortment of beer and food. You'll want to make sure to put this bar on your list of places to go the next time you're in Milan!
Dress Code: Normal European "going out at night but not to a club" clothes. No shorts. Look good, you never know who you'll meet! :)