Happy Hour in Milan is one Milanese tradition that many tourists love to embrace. The name is a little misleading as it is not really an hour. It is more like three! But it certainly is a happy part of the day, as locals and tourists alike can relax after a day’s work, sightseeing or shopping.
What is Happy Hour?
Happy Hour takes place from 6 – 9pm. In Milan, dinner is traditionally served late, so at this time the bars, restaurants and cafes fill with people gathering for drinks. In the summer months, this can include sitting at a table outside in one of Milan’s historic squares or picturesque districts. As well as serving drinks, many places will lay out a buffet for customers to help themselves. This may include nuts, crisps, olives, cold meats and pasta.
What to drink
The choice of what to drink is endless. Many visitors like to enjoy a glass of fine wine as they relax with friends at the end of a long day. Others indulge in a cocktail and most places will mix a wide variety. Milanese specialities you may like to try are Negron, Negroni Sbagliato and Spritz. If you prefer a non-alcoholic drink, you will be able to choose from a range of mocktails.
Free drinks with your MilanoCard
If you are a holder of a Milan City Pass you can enjoy a free drink at some top Milan locations. These include:
- Novotel Milano Linate offer a deal as part of the City card’s RUN4FREE offer. Each day four lucky people will receive a free aperitif.
- Pavarotti Restaurant serves fine Emilian cuisine. Enjoy a free welcome drink with your city pass.
- Enoteca Duomo 21 is well known for its extensive wine list. You are entitled to a welcome drink with your City card.
- At Duomo Terrace 21 enjoy your free welcome drink as you look over Milan’s spectacular cathedral.