Piazza Brignole, 4, Genoa, IT, 16122
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Bars & Cafes
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.
In order to find Old Port restaurant and wine bar it is necessary to go to the heart of the Porto Antico district (Old Port): a life preserver will direct you to the entrance, and once inside the wooden furniture ensures that the marine inspiration of this place unequivocal. Staying comfortably seated outside on sunny days, you will enjoy many of the beauties of the Old Port: the Aquarius (l’Acquario) 96492, the Sea Museum (Museo del Mare), the Lighthouse (Lanterna) and so on. Excellent choice to have breakfast with hot fresh-baked croissants or focaccia, but also lunch with the typical regional cuisine, or dinner with more elaborate incursions in the Mediterranean cuisine. The wine list is well done and you can get valued suggestions; not to miss are the excellent Caribbean cocktails. Perfect for ceremonies and business meetings.
This bar looks directly onto the piazza with the Palazzo Ducale. It is a great place to come on market days, (Sundays is antiques), for a rest, while rummaging through the stalls and customers can sit outside and enjoy the view of the fascinating eighteenth century façade of the palace and the belltower of the cathedral. The elegant tables and comfortable chairs, in the recently pedestrianised area, make this a pleasant place for a stop at any time of day. After a drink here, go to the next door Jesus Church and see the work by Rubens which is truly stupendous.
The lower floor of this place has a retro beauty that is definitely worth checking out. With marble and wrought iron tables, white ceramic on the walls and antique mirrors create infinite optical effects. It has a Parisian atmosphere and is great for tea; it is difficult to find a table here later on for an aperitif. When it is crowded, go to the upper floor that has a completely different character, with wooden floors and walls that create a more intimate atmosphere. It is lovely here, but certainly less original than downstairs. Good aperitifs and smoking and non-smoking rooms.
In Piazza delle Erbe, one of the most popular squares of the historical centre, a 1920 antique bookshop has been turned into a literary café. The Caffè Letterario delle Erbe was recently opened and maintains the light blue wooden windows and the shelves filled with antique books. Besides having coffee or cappuccino, literary enthusiasts can leaf through the books while enjoying a good glass of wine. Salads, cheeses and other cold plates with original combination of ingredients are available at lunch. Aperitif with a huge selection of appetizers is served from 5 to 9 in the evening. In summer you can sit outside in the square near the fountain. Literary events are held quite often including book reviews, readings, and best-selling authors introducing their work. - Maria Frullini
If you desire enjoying an aperitif in the historical center of Genoa, where one can feel the city come to life, you can’t go wrong with Trigaio. This bar, although it has been open for only a few years, is in fact one of the most popular in Piazza delle Erbe. The festive tables are spread all over the square at every hour during the day and far into the night. The Trigaio is therefore at your disposal also at lunch, with a high quality Ligurian cuisine, as well as for after dinner, when it serves as a pleasant stop on the journey through the lively alleys, which natives of Genoa call caruggi.
Located in one of the few spacious squares in the historic centre, this bar relies largely on its outside tables, in winter covered by a gazebo, in summer open to the sky. The interior ceramic decor dates from the first half of the twentieth century, and is really worth a look. The bar is open all day, but is especially busy early evening when the pleasant nature of the spot encourages lingering evenings. At midday sandwiches and light meals are served. Evening drinks come with traditional snacks and nibbles. The regular clientele is a very mixed crowd, including students, as well as the manager of the nearby Palazzo Ducale.
Everything pivots around music in this place where everyone can go and freely play the nice piano which adorns one of the cozy rooms. In front of the piano, there are two comfortable leather sofas where you can lose yourself while listening to good live music, after having lunch, dinner or simply a drink. The menu is quite limited but high quality: cheese plates and cold cuts, piadine or salads are proposed to accompany the main offer – wine – available in several labels, as well as beer, from all over the world. The cocktails match up to the rest: varied and original mixes, to be sipped before or after the theater or cinema, in an undeniably relaxing atmosphere.
For people who love having an aperitif in the historical center, this is a place not to miss. It began as a café and the espresso is still excellent, most of all when accompanied by handmade brioches, but the success of its aperitifs moved them to the foreground, so they are served until late into the evening. This is probably thanks to the delectability of the appetizers – which includes fondue during winter, as well as fresh cold cuts and cheeses for all seasons – as well as the quality of wines offered. Here, the atmosphere is always very easy-going thanks to the kindness of the entire staff. During summer you can take advantage of outside tables, and enjoy the life of the surrounding area.
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.
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.
Tiflis is a very peculiar place, beginning with its location, in a 16th-century palace of the historical center with high ceilings and with fresco-painted walls; the furniture is accurate in every little detail. On the ground floor there is the wine shop, where there are almost 300 varieties to taste, accompanied by cutting boards of excellent cold cuts and cheese: this is the right choice for a before as well as after dinner cocktail. At the first floor there is the restaurant, full of shelves showing off several bottles of wine: here you can taste regional specialties and less usual proposals, such as big spits of grilled meat or fish. Tiflis is equipped with an outside area and organizes tastings, seminars for sommeliers and private events.