Catania Nightlife

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Best Rated Nightlife in Catania

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    CAFE DE MAR: COOL CHILL OUT PLACE IN SICILY

    by STEFZAMM Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    The barmen @ Cafe De Mar r also so helpful ;)

    CAFE DE MAR is situated in Aci Trezza and opened only last Summer (2003). Aci Trezza is full of other Bars, Restaurants and Discos so Cafe De Mar is close and ideal after a good dinner or a simple night out.
    It is an outdoor summer place accross the street from the beach. They play from commercial to RnB and there's an Arabic environment with tents and comfy cushions. There is also and adjoining Pizzeria where you can eat before chilling out.
    Along the promenade this place is always crowded so get ready for a crowded atmosphere ;)

    Dress Code: Anything that's fashionable and cool... remember this is Sicily ... so cool stuff only... and casual being an outdoor summer venue.

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    BANACHER: DANCING ALL NIGHT

    by STEFZAMM Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    The largest Disco at Aci Castello, playing good commercial music. The large/tall palm trees being the characteristics of this place enclose a large dance floor with loads of people dancing till the early morning.

    Dress Code: Anything that's cool and casual being an outdoor summer place.

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    Waxy O'Connor's

    by ICBT Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    They've got a big outdoor section too.

    There are two major "American" bars in the city. Waxy's is the most popular (the other one is Stag's Head - also cool). Lots of Catanian women go here to pick up the AFI (American Forces in Italy) guys and meet Americans, so it can be fun if that's what you're looking for, and of course if you're looking for a little American companionship this is the place to go to find it.

    It's hellishly crowded on the weekends but it's not so pretentiously upscale that you feel bad about just jumping into the fray and grabbing a beer and talking to people, or just people watching.

    They've usually got a live band playing inside.

    Dress Code: Nothing special required - of course it's Italy, so dress your best and nobody will mind.

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    Piazza Bellini

    by ICBT Written Apr 16, 2004

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    An ugly photo of the ugly shop with cheap beer

    Piazza Bellini is the Piazza in front of Teatro Massimo Bellini, the Catania opera house. This is the one of the major nightlife epicenters (Piazza Universita' is another).

    You see soe pretty crazy characters running around PB. Be forewarned. The stree near the face of the theatre heading to the south has many good bars on it. However, my favorite place is right on the eastern corner of that street. The cheapest beer in the city can be found here. It's kind of a grocery store or something - not a bar at all - but as you can drink on the streets it's no problem. I like to get a Corona with salt around the neck.

    Dress Code: No code.

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    Nevsky: For all you socialist hippies :-)

    by ICBT Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Any given Tuesday

    By day Via Crociferi is the hallowed center of Catanian spiritual power. By night it's... um... a big party.

    On the staircase leading from Via Crociferi towards the center there is a bar called Nevsky. It features a diverse crowd but they work to attract the socialist youth element, and they succeed. The bar itself is too small to accomodate and the staircase has become an extension of it and the other bars on the street.

    Positives: never seen anything quite like it, hundreds of people, lots of drinking.

    Negatives: the drug scene is here also. The staircase itself also gets pretty filthy by four o'clock. Those looking for a quiet romantic passeggiata should look elsewhere.

    Dress Code: "I fichetti", the Italian word for people who dress to the nines to go out, are kind of unwelcome here. Dress casual or go out of your way to look a little militant and you'll fit right in.

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    Piazza Bellini: The buzzing heart of the city

    by baronedivandastad Written Jul 18, 2005

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    Last customers won't leave tonight...

    If you want nightlife in Catania, the Piazza in front of the Teatro Massimo (also known as Teatro Bellini) is the place to start. You'll see at least 4-5 pubs directly facing the square, plus you will find a few others if you dare wonder in the small alleys nearby.

    The places are almost inevitably crowded of young and beautiful Sicilian youngsters, though you'll find people of a higher age in certain hangouts. Most of the bars will have tables outside in the summer, which get removed when closing time approaches. Some exceptions may occur though (see the tip picture).

    The Bellini square is also a great place for people watching, especially at summer time when it is closed to private traffic (though the regular jams in the winter are also starkly fascinating to observe).

    Dress Code: Don't overdo it... or then do, if you wish!

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    Generally speaking, I'm not a...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Generally speaking, I'm not a professional researcher in nightlife sites (Ido prefer to wake up at dawn and see the life beginning once again...), but I suggest to walk around via dei Crociferi, there are a couple of interesting places to spend the night.
    Lots of young people space for sitting and discussing, spce for drinking wine or beer, indoor and outdoor.

    Dress Code: Absolutely informal!

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  • Stag's Head: Catania Nightlife!

    by hjenks Written Feb 12, 2008

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    This Irish-style pub was a favourite of mine and a regular hang-out for foreigners (stranieri in the local talk!) living or holidaying in Catania. Unlike the rest of the small, crowded pubs around the piazza 'teatro massimo,' the Stag's Head has room to sit, and features live bands with lots of english songs. Not to mention the gorgeous wait and bar staff that work there! :)

    Dress Code: The locals are usually quite casual, if your into dressing up that's fine but otherwise jeans are totally acceptable!

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    Avantgarde Art Club: Cool music and art

    by AMars Written Oct 23, 2007

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    For musicians, artists and those that love music and art. Technically, this is kind of a private club or space for young Catanese musicians and artists to present thier work. You will certainly be welcomed by the friendly patrons, in fact you may be handed a drum to join in or just absentmindlessly tap on while you sip a wine and chat. It was drum circle night while I was there. There seems to be "jam" sesion nights led by local musicians, nights with music shows and nights with art showings. There is a small bar (if you order a margherita you will get fresh squeezed limes), then an intimate music/art room beside that. Check out the myspace MUSIC website.

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    There is a lot of places you...

    by Insider Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    There is a lot of places you can party, but one of my favourites was at this beach bar, just across the road from our hotel!You could get drinks very cheap and the music was great and me and my friends were the only one there-but that was probably because we were there on September!

    What made this bar unique, was that we could do anything we want and party almost all night and at the end we went for a nice swim in the warm sea!I t was just DIVINE!!!!

    Dress Code: NONE!!

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  • what a deal!: fun&culture

    by cassiopea Written Sep 19, 2004

    Casino in italian means a lot of people around. So is Catania the busyiest town of Sicily. Aged and young they are all around at night, concerts, pubs, theatres, restaurants and pizzerias for all the taste and for all the pockets, life begins after 11p.m. enjoy yourself!

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    The Stags Head: Where its hapening

    by kranstonakov Written Dec 20, 2006

    This huge bar is located in the squre in central Catania and at weekends the crowds gather, poping from bar to bar and hanging around with carryouts chatiing and trying to pull. the stags head is the main and biggest bar in the squre, a huge long bar, live music and some seriously stunning italian girls. word of warning: Italian girls are hard to get, but when you do... its worth the wait!

    Dress Code: Casual

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  • Via Plebiscito: In Catania (Sizilien) werden Touristen ausgeraubt

    by Miguel_Sarafana Written Jul 12, 2009

    In Catania werden Touristen systematisch ausgeraubt.

    In Catania werden Touristen systematisch ausgeraubt. Hilfe von der Polizei dürfen sie nicht erwarten. Denken Sie immer daran, dass Touristen ein Ziel von professionellen und gut organisierten Dieben sind. Nehmen Sie keine teuren Gegenstände und Schmuck mit in den Urlaub und versichern Sie sich gegen Diebstahl, wenn Sie nach Italien reisen. Halten Sie ihre Wertsachen immer verdeckt bei sich. Handtaschen und Uhren von Damen sind immer ein Ziel von Dieben. Fahren Sie nur dann mit einem Auto, wenn die Zentralverriegelung eingeschaltet ist. Lassen Sie nichts im Auto. Lassen Sie das Handschuhfach offen.
    Am 19. Juni 2009 sind meine Frau und ich in Catania ausgeraubt worden. Wir sind abends in Catania gelandet. Danach haben wir uns bei Europcar ein Auto gemietet. Europcar hat uns nicht darauf hingewiesen, dass in Catania täglich Touristen ausgeraubt werden. Wir wurden auch nicht von Europcar informiert, dass in dem Viertel, von der Strasse „Via Plebiscito“ viele Diebe gruppiert herumstehen und auf Touristen warten. Die Leihautos heben sich durch ihren sauberen und makellosen Zustand von der Masse der anderen meist schmutzigen und mit schrammen versehenen Autos ab. Deshalb ist es für die Räuber sehr einfach Touristen in Leihwagen zu identifizieren. Auf der Fahrt vom Flughafen zu dem gebuchten Hotel in Catania folgten wir dem Wegweiser unseres mitgebrachten Navigators. Plötzlich wurden wir von einem Motorradfahrer von rechts kommend auf der „Via Plebiscito 595“ zum Anhalten gezwungen. Zu dieser Zeit und an diesem Ort war der Verkehr zähflüssig. Der Motorradfahrer nutze die Tatsache, dass von rechts eine Strasse in die „Via Plebiscito“ mündet, die von der „Via Antonino di Sangialiano“ kommt. In dem Moment, als der unmaskierte Motorradfahrer vom Gehsteig auf die Strasse fuhr, und ich bremsen musste, öffneten die Diebe alle Türen und rissen meinen Rucksack heraus. Die Räuber griffen nach der Handtasche meiner Frau. Obwohl meine Frau ihre Handtasche festhielt, kam ein zweiter Dieb, und mit gemeinsamen Kräften entrissen sie meiner Frau ihre Handtasche. In diesem Moment bin ich schnell aus dem Auto ausgestiegen und konnte gerade noch verhindern, dass uns auch noch die Koffer gestohlen wurden. Der Dieb, der sich schon an die Koffer gewagt hatte, erschrak durch meinen wütenden Anblick und ist schnell davon gelaufen bevor ich ihn zufassen bekam. Die anderen Diebe flohen auf einem Motorrad davon. Nach diesem Vorfall ist keiner der Verkehrsteilnehmer, die diesen Raub beobachtet hatten stehen geblieben und hat sich als Zeuge gemeldet. Alle sind einfach weitergefahren, als wäre nichts passiert. Die Polizisten, die danach den Vorfall aufnahmen, sagten uns, dass dies ein klassischer Fall sei. Das Deutsche Konsulat in Messina und die Deutsche Botschaft in Neapel sagte uns, dass diese Form der Raubüberfälle in Catania täglich passieren. Nachdem die Polizei den Fall aufgenommen hatte, erhielten wir einen Termin am Dienstag, den 23 Juni zur Einsicht der Fotos von verdächtigen und straffällig gewordenen Personen bei der Kriminalpolizei, den Carabinieri. Der Kriminalpolizist zeigte uns Fotos vom Jahr 1999, 2000 und 2001 mit der Begründung, dass er keine Fotos jüngeren Datums hätte.
    Das zeigt, dass in Sizilien ein rechtsfreier Raum für Kleinkriminelle, wie Diebe und Räuber herrscht und weder die Polizei oder die Mafia fähig sind eine Ordnung herzustellen, die wenigstens Touristen in Sicherheit und Ruhe reisen lässt.

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    There are too many places to...

    by valah Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are too many places to mention here. Just walk around the streets after 10PM...you will find for sure something to do. The people are drinking and parting directly on the streets

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