The center of Bologna offers various opportunities to have an aperitif in very nice and non-touristy locations. In general they are concentrated around Piazza Maggiore or the adjacent streets. Unlike other aperitif areas, the center, being a passing place for everyone, requires advice to go to the right place.
No fear … here is a list below..
1. Osteria del Sole
The Osteria del Sole, standing since 1465 and placed amidst the traditional shops of Bologna, is a journey through time around a glass of wine, where you can bring your meal from outside and eat at the table while talking about the world. This is one of the oldest and most characteristic of Bologna’s historic inns. From 18 onwards always full (closed Sunday) .. attention because it closes early: 21.30!
Address: Vicolo Ranocchi, Bologna
Position: click here to reach Osteria del Sole
2. Mercato di Mezzo
This mix of stalls, small shops and restaurants in the heart of the city is really particular. It is hard to find a place to eat as it is always crowded but visiting is a must! High quality of products and varied clientele (many tourists as well).
Hours: open everyday from 9 to 1am.
Address: via Clavature 12, Bologna
Position: click here to reach Mercato di Mezzo
3. Celtic Druid
Irish Pub, a bit hidden but always good for a great beer. Two floors, varied clientele can be a stopping point for drinking a beer and going back to the center.
Hours: open everyday from 18 to 2:30 (friday and saturday closes at 3am)
Address: via Caduti di Cefalonia n. 5, Bologna
Position: click here to reach Celtic Druid
4. La linea
La Linea, bar in the heart of Piazza Maggiore, is an alternative meeting place and a bit “intellectual“: great for aperitifs (I do not recommend spending the whole evening there!).
Accessible prices in the center, ideal for a beer in the beautiful season thanks to the outdoor tables and the aperitif. Sit back and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the centre!
Hours: everyday from 08 to 03 (sunday closes at midnight).
Address: Piazza Re Enzo 1-4, Bologna
Position: click here to reach bar La Linea
5. 051 pub
Pub located in the center (beside the Basilica of San Petronio) can be the ideal place for a stop in the center. Aperitif with rich buffet, mixed clientele, nice in the summer with outdoor tables … I do not recommend spending the whole evening there. Good for the aperitifs!
Hours: open everyday from 12 to 15 and from 19 to 23
Address: Via Dè Pignattari, 1/F, Bologna
Position: click here to reach 051 pub
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