Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Piazza Brignole, 4
Phone: (39) 010 873316
Fax: (39) 010 8317326
Bars & Cafes
Panarello cake is a must for any Genoese child's birthday. It also comes in a mini version for anyone watching their weight. The biscuits, sold by weight, must also be sampled, including the house specialities; 'Lagaccio' and 'Mescolanza'. There is nowhere to sit here and the bar is always crowded, but it is worth trying any of their biscuits or cakes with a cup of tea or a cappucino.
Recreating the old town of Genoa that resembled old settings, Sound Village is an attempt to bring back the old world feeling. Bands such as Radio Gaga and other cover bands not only play retro but heavy metal aswell.. Every day of the week is reserved for special events like Thursday evenings are dedicated to Latin.
Crippa is almost an institution in Genoa as a bar, café, and ice-cream and pastry shop, but year by year the customer base become less and less young, by consequence the owner decided to renovate a bit, in order to make the place more suitable for youth. So the new Crippa began its transformation with the addition of karaoke, in the lower room, followed by various sorts of live music performances. A successful event which is periodically scheduled is called Palco Aperto (Open Stage): after the scheduled band plays, the stage remains at the disposal of whoever wants to take a stab at karaoke, accompanied by real musical instruments. Entrance is free and a combination of pizza and drink costs only EUR10.
Parador is a classic spot for aperitif time, since you can have excellent cocktails while taking advantage of the buffet full of snacks, some of which prepared at the moment. It is located in one of the most central squares of the city, helping in making it one of the most popular nightspots among a clientele of varied ages. It has two big rooms, arranged over two floors, and some tables outside. At lunch, Parador is a common destination for people who work in the surrounding neighborhoods, since they offer cold as well as hot dishes at a good quality/price ratio – something more than the usual sandwich or salad. The bar is also available for private parties; smoking room on premises.
This is a historical place – a neighborhood pub located in a very busy square – and has always been very attractive, even for people who do not live in the neighborhood, or simply late-nighters. In fact, here you can have not only a break with cold plates but also a plate of pasta or a second course for a meal, at any time; the list of beers is very extensive and prices are relatively cheap. Customers are more or less always the same; over the years, this place has become the ideal meeting spot for the young and the casual. The seats are distributed among three levels, with red brick vaulted ceilings and wooden tables that help in making the atmosphere very warm and welcoming.
This enormous, self service caffeteria is in an extremely central position. Packed at lunchtime, it copes very well by offering a fast service and a large room to eat in on the upper floor. Modern furnishings with designer tables and chairs give the place a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The street level floor has a more traditional design and is a nice place to have a rest from shopping or for a quiet chat.
Together with the Bar Berto, this place is the heart of the Piazza delle Erbe. It is open for lunch offering salads and sandwiches, and reopens in the evening and is open till late. On Friday evenings, the piazza is literally invaded by pedestrians taking a stroll. Check their website for more details on dance classes and DJs spinning Latin music throughout the week. The bar offers cocktails and beer as well as sandwiches until late at night. There tends to be a young crowd, and this is an excellent place to find out what is happening all over the city. The next door tobacconists is open until late.
If you have a sudden craving for sweet or savoury food in the middle of the night, this is the place to satisfy your need. For those who are looking for nirvana, there is the nutella brioche that is hard to resist.
A small bar on two floors in a very traditionally designed area. But from its electric, neon blue sign you can tell that this bar is trying to be different. The closer you get, the faster you hear where the loud music is coming from. Once you are a few meters away you will see how trendy Liquid Bar is: metallic look, cold colors, soft designer stools, sculptures on the walls, aerodynamic bar, DJ set with themed evenings, thumping music. The bar is covered in plates with dishes from which you can choose a snack to accompany your cocktail that will be sipped in silence as you will not be able to make yourself heard, only by sign language.
Fluid is one of those places that set fun trends in the city. The bar is not very spacious inside, but the furniture is definitely original. Outside there is a covered space and that is where the crowds of the young and very young gather every evening during summer. In winter there are still many special events organized during the week, with interesting offers on beer or combo deals with the contiguous pizzeria. On the weekends there is always a DJ playing commercial music: the ideal for relaxing with a drink before the beat drops. Aperitifs are recommended: there is a rich buffet from which you can pick out some excellent appetizers.
Word has it that Genoa is the most British city in Italy because of the reserved character of the inhabitants, their determined traditionalism, their impeccable elegance and the classic and fastidious house decor. There are some English inspired places in the city, such as the Yacht Club and the, less exclusive, Brittania Pub. There is nothing more distinctly Genoan than the narrow, steep alley that leads to this place and nothing more British than what you find when you arrive; a true, English style pub. There is a wide selection of beer, wood furnishings and chips with eggs or hamburgers. Great for beer fans or home sick Brits.
During the 1920s and 1930s, everyone in Genoa went to this city central dance club at least once, taking part in its complete services offered. At lunch, there is the bar and self-service buffet for a quick break, while the usual evening starts with an aperitif in the entrance room and continues with the dinner , served on the second floor and accompanied by live music, followed by dance music of the most popular DJs in town, at the ground floor. Fellini is one of the few places with so much space, and it is filled with colorful and original furnishings with which any lover of the 1970s would fall in love. Saturday is almost always ‘over 30’ night, while Friday is loved most by men, thanks to the ‘Sexy’ theme.