Great irish pub on 2 floors which kept a familiar atmosphere. Here you can watch every kind of sports on TV, sometimes on the big screen. In the summer you can take your Guiness, Kilkenny or whatever outside on Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
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I'd been in Florence for a month before realizing that "The Simpsons Bar" was actually called the Fiddler's Elbow. The drink of choice is anything Irish and the the big screen TV in the back room is tuned to "The Simpsons" (in English) at 7:30 every night. The locals stay in the front and watch soccer/football/calcio and the American students all head for the back. Don't try the food - it's not worth it! But, it is a nice bar with two very different sets of customers!
You'll think you've traveled to Ireland with the abundance of Murphy's on tap in Florence pubs. Two of my favorite Irish pubs are the Joshua Tree and Fiddler's Elbow.
Joshua Tree is owned and operated by three friends of mine. Simone, Paolo, and Max are used to crowds of tourists in their pub...they host huge groups of Americans every year. Hit Joshua Tree during Happy Hour (4-9pm) and save 50% on pints of your favorite Irish beer. You'll also avoid the crowds of Italian punk youth that frequent Joshua Tree after 9.
Fiddler's Elbow is just down the way from Joshua Tree, in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Sit outside under the huge umbrellas and get served by various Irish waiters when the weather's nice. This larger pub can also accomodate more of your friends.
Do you want to hear English or Italian? There are spots along Dei Benci like The Red Garter that cater to the American college kids. Feels just like those frat parties we all used to love so much.
If you prefer native culture and language try San Spirito on the other side of the Arno. Great bars and pubs and a nice, open area. If you are a sports fan and feeling a little homesick there are plenty of bars to choose from. Try the Fiddler's Elbow on Santa Maria Novella. There you can always catch a good Irish soccer game along with some American football.
In Piazza San Spritio in the summer most bars set up outdoor seating that can turn into a lot of fun
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The Irish pub sort of next to the cathedral is a cool place for a few pints. If you're a girl, prepare to be harassed by Italian men. They play a lot of Dave Matthews, which is not so common in Europe.
There is a little balcony with a few seats overlooking the square and Duomo. Very romantic....
Dress Code: Casual.