Clarion Collection Hotel Garden Lido
Lungomare Nazario Sauro, 9
Phone: (39) 019 669666
Fax: (39) 019 668552
Defining this place with a single word is not easy. It is foremost a restaurant, given that the central aspect is the homemade cuisine, with its dishes of the local tradition, as well as ingredients typical of other regions and the unfailing pizza. Since one of the owners is also a sommelier, the taverna is also a wine bar, in fact it offers excellent bottles from the most important producers. Its hours of operation, then, are not suitable for a common restaurant: until the dead of the night, you can listen to jazz music, played live by musicians coming from all over Italy and even the world.
This old cinema has been renovated and is now a concert venue and a disco. The loft-like structure has high ceilings and a large, elevated stage with gangways looking onto the dance floor. The place is dominated by electric blue walls, bright red velvet sofas, and a bronze bar. The hi-tech glass and steel staircase that leads to the upper floor is particularly distinctive and gives the place an avant-garde look. Foreign DJs from all over Europe come here to play the most up to date sounds, including break beat, new jazz beat, drum and bass, and Asia underground. This is a trendy place with a metropolitan style that is unique in Genoa.
This social centre is in a historic building near the port, the Magazzini del Sale. The stone walls, vaulted ceilings and many floors make this an enchanting place, perfect for live music shows. The concert programmes can be found in different locations in the city and attract a young audience who enjoy the punk music, ska, reggae and rock.
This disco is extremely popular with Genoan students although it is slightly out of the centre. In the Sampierdarena district, it has attracted a crowd of youth for years, especially on Saturdays, who dance to mostly commercial music and old and new rock. This is not a big place, and it has two floors. The upper floor has a balcony which is usually packed and the dance floor, dominated by the DJ, is downstairs.
This dance club has not only two names, Virgo on Saturday and Mr. Jack on Thursday, but also two different faces, which appear to work very well together. In fact, Saturdays are gay nights, with more or less famous DJs who alternate playing house and commercial music, although this does not mean heterosexuals are not well-accepted. Thursdays at Mr. Jack, there are rock performances by amateur groups, who play live for a generally young public. The interior is very spacious and has two floors: when you go in you are on a balcony looking down at the main room, where you find the dance floor, tables and sofas for chatting among friends.
A thriving addition to the bustling nightlife of Genoa, the Milk Club is spread over three stories and has quickly gained a favorable reputation among the locals. The ground floor is the bar, where guests can enjoy scintillating drinks and relax on the several benches; the first floor is where you will find the dance floor, as well as a stage where occasional live performances take place; and, lastly, the second floor is more of a lounge, designed for relaxation. So do head here and discover the city’s bustling club scene.
In an area full of bars, in the historic centre, this is one of a variety of clubs where you can go for an after dinner drink, listen to live music, and enjoy improvised jamming sessions by Genovese musicians. They also offer cabaret evenings and are great places to go with friends. In an old building, it looks out onto the Mascherona exit and is slightly hidden away from the main road. Nonetheless, it can be easily reached by the more lively San Bernardo alleyway. Open until late, this is an ideal end to an evening of bar hopping on a Friday or Saturday night.
This nautical style bar, is located in the historic centre of Genoa, a few metres from Piazza Sarzano, a popular place on weekend nights. This place boasts more than 600 years of history; legend has it that a Saracen pirate, rather than plundering the area, fell in love with it and moved here to live. After enjoying the drinks and live music here, it is nice to walk down to Campopisano, which is a splendid, little square with a black and white cobbled terrace.
This is a historic place in Genoese clubbing history, as it was the first place in the city to offer live music on the underground circuit (at the beginning of the 1980's). Once small and packed, it is now more airy after being renovated and extended. All kinds of Genoese groups playing all kinds of music have performed here, from punk to rock, reggae and ska. Every night is an event, and there is also a DJ set. Open until the small hours, all die hard clubbers end up here sooner or later.
The ingredients for the perfect recipe are all here: live music every Friday and Saturday night, comfortable sofas where you can sip excellent cocktails made by a real professional, high quality cuisine for those who succeed in finding a table, an intimate and warm atmosphere, and an enviable location in the heart of the marvelous historical center of Genoa. Regarding dinner in particular, the handmade desserts are noteworthy and the wine list is definitely convincing for every budget and all tastes. Blu di Ravecca organizes wine tasting evenings too. The aperitif is accompanied by bruschetta with very original toppings, while at lunch the salad bar will satisfy the most gluttonous in a flash.
The Count Basie Jazz Club is the hub of all jazz-related activities in Genoa. The cave-like ambiance is done in hues of beige with warm, yellow bulbs lighting up the seating area. From Thursday to Sunday, international and national jazz artists perform on a stage that is well-equipped with a grand piano, bass and drum kit. A tiny gallery at the back hosts artworks of locals. Check the website for a list of upcoming events and details.
At Scandinavian you can meet your university mates (on Thursday and Friday) or your ‘over 30’ friends (on Saturday and Sunday), to dance to disco music or 1970s and 1980s revival, but also simply for a pizza or a complete dinner. In fact, this place is provided with a big main room, a somewhat smaller space and a bar for cocktails, popular most of all on Sunday, when you can stay chatting around a table with more tranquillity. The furniture is a mix of different styles, giving an amazing effect, particularly leaning toward an Oriental style; there is an outdoor zone reserved entirely for smokers. Thanks to the wide offering at this dance bar, as well as organized private parties, it has become one of the most popular in Genoa.