Now that Palermo is served by lowcost carriers, you can expect a rise in the number of young men who fly in for a weekend of drunken revelry. The last time old Cliffie was in Palermo, he was sitting quietly in a bar in the Via dei Candelai, reading Il Gattopardo – well, it's what you do in Sicily, isn't it? – when half a dozen rowdy English speakers came in. Old Cliffie observed them over the top of his glasses and quickly realised that they weren't the usual lager louts: not with their sharp clothes and the Blackberry palmtops they were all using. It was a group of dealers from the City in London, all in their early twenties, all earning half a million or more a year. They adopted old Cliffie as their interpreter and the night ended at six the next morning.
This is a pub which serves cocktails, wines and some appetizers. The atmosphere is cosy and relaxed. If you seat outside you will seat on soft pillows in an oriental-like atmosphere.
Dress Code: no dress cose but if you're too casual people may be staring at you ;)
Chatoulle's and Malù are two pubs where you can order almost anything. Drinks are well done and sometimes strong and they cost 5 euro each. Here I usually order red wine!!
These pubs are near Piazza Sturzo and they are open almost everyday but Chatoulle's closes on Tuesday.
Dress Code: No dress code but as usual I'd wear something cool :))
Montezemolo is located in a central area of the city, Piazza Unità d'Italia, and there are also two other clubs in the nearby. It is actually a bar/club and it is not so big inside; there are also tables outside. Drinks are good and well done but the prices are a bit higher compared to other parts of Palermo.
Every thursday, friday & saturday night it is a meeting point, full of people outside drinking & chatting to their friends.
Dress Code: No dress code although people dress nicely to come here
This is a small club/bar where I usually go with my friends to start or end the night. They will serve you well made and strong drinks! Drinks will cost you here EUR2.50 which is really cheap!
The staff is really friendly! We have fun here!
Dress Code: No dress code
This is a nice discoteque where you can dance latin - american music on the first dancefloor and commercial - house music and the second dancefloor which is on the beach.... really cool during the summertime...
Dress Code: whatever you like... casual
The Massimo is open for all sorts of business. There are operas again (the season is something like October to May). They have a web page and you can order tickets by computer and pick them up at the box office when you get to Palermo (all you need to know is when the box office is open and where in the immense building it is.) My son (baby -sitter- mio) treated the 4 of us to a performance of Cimarosa's "Il Matrimonio Segreto" a comedy of the 1790's. Opera starts promptly at 7:30 PM. It was over by 11 and we went to dinner (not late by Italian standards--we had reserved a table). I understand the price was low compared with other places. We had a private box.
Dress Code: I have been to the Vienna Opera in jeans when I was younger and sat in a box and squirmed the whole time. If you want a glass of champagne at intermission I do not suggest such attire. However if you did not bring a coat and tie do not let it stop you. Nobody knows you or where you are from. Do wear deodorant! Proper attire may be more important for dinner later.
Palermo's most popular dance clubs lie in the city's commercial center, although one good one is in north Palermo. The city's main dance club is Candelai, Via Candelai 65 (tel. 091-327151), which charges a 4.50€ cover. Mainstream rock blasts throughout the night in this crowded complex of gyrating 20-year-olds. The club is usually open only Friday through Sunday from 8pm, with no set closing time.
Dress Code: Whatever you like!!!
There are lots of different options for nightlife - it always seems like we drive somewhere new!
Terrasini is a small town near the airport which is packed on summer evenings and there are also a few clubs near by. In the summer they celebrate an old ritual whereby the boyfriends used ot have to carry a tree past his lovers house and the bigger the tree was the more impressed the father is.
In Palermo itself there are lots of pubs and snack bars near Fusorario bar which is near the Politeama theatre. This has a great atmosphere and is very studenty.
There are plenty of clubs to go to on a Saturday night, I used to go to Villa Partanna, but your best bet is to ask a group of young people where they are going and they will be happy to show you! One of the best things baout Italy is that the clubs are usually outside so you don't ahve to suffer the usual British smokey atmosphere!
I spent this New Year listening to 'Nick the Nightfly' who is apparently a famous radio dj in Italy - it turns out he is Scottish which I found very ironic! Anyway the place was the new cultural centre which used to be an old factory, its been done very well, with one room for cultural music and the other more warehousey for 'clubbers' the night we were there it was a type of drum and base.
New year's eve itself was celebrated quite low key, it was quite funny because there was more police/firemen than party goers..apparently the tradition in PMO is to fire real guns into the air at mezza notte so state attenti!
This is a discopub where you can dance, drink or just sit with your friends...
It is always packed every saturday night!
Dress Code: whatever you like..