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Florence is a city in the Tuscany region of Central Italy which is home to over a million people, with a wonderful nightlife and many exciting drinks to experience.

It originated as a Roman commune back in the BC period and was seen as one of the most culturally important cities in the world during the 14th century. The area sports a warm climate all year round, with temperatures on average being between 10 and 27 degrees, which makes it the perfect place for holiday-goers to experience its rich heritage during both the summer and winter months.

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Drinks to Experience in Florence

As well as its incredible architecture and visual splendours, Florence is famous for its drinks and bars. If you love to experience different alcoholic beverages from those in your own country, then this is the city to visit.

The best bars in Florence

Firstly, you have to find a great bar if you want to try some excellent drinks, and luckily, there are plenty to choose from in Florence. So many, in fact, that you might not know where to start. Here are some of the hotspots we think you should try.

Locale Firenze

With an old art décor style and stunning vintage furnishings, Locale Firenze not only offers some of the best drinks in the city, but it also cares deeply about creating a magical experience for its guests. With a wide range of cocktails, wines and gins to choose from, this is a place where imagination really runs wild. We recommend you get a front-row seat at the bar to see the mixing in action.

Manifattura Florence

If you're looking for tasty cocktails, this is the place to be. Pushing open its perforated metal door entrance will lead you to a relaxing space with an intriguing bar front. With hundreds of different kinds of spirits contained in a cabinet that stretches to the ceiling, there will definitely be something that takes your fancy here.

Love Craft

A relatively small space to kick back and relax, this rock and roll bar welcomes all kinds of people: locals, tattoo-laden punks and tourists alike. Behind the bar, you will find several on-tap beers and plenty of fancy spirits.

Although Love Craft hasn't been open for very long, it has steadily accumulated a large local following, so if it's authenticity you're looking for, this is the space where you can find it.

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Drinks to have in Florence

Now that you have settled down at one of these award-winning bars, it's time to order your drink. But as soon as you attract the bartender, do you find your jaw becomes clenched, there is sweat forming on your forehead, and you can't find the confidence to ask for what you want?

Well, you probably don't know exactly what it is you want. And if so, we understand. After all, buying an alcoholic beverage in a foreign place can be daunting when you don't know what to ask for. If you're feeling dazed or lost, then here is a list of our recommendations.


Florence is famous for its Tuscany wines, but this red blend is talked about more than any other in history. An essential staple on any menu, the Chianti is made with a variety of different grapes, such as the canaiolo, colorino, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. White grapes are no longer allowed in the mix, but we do not think this is anything to miss.

Chianti pairs well with any high-fat or acidic foods such as pizza and pasta. It can also be enjoyed alongside beef from local cattle, including the dish known as Bistecca Alla Fiorentina.

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Made from one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari, Negroni is a famous Italian cocktail that everybody has to try when they are in Florence. Its bright red appearance makes the drink stand out on the table as it beckons you to take a sip. We don't think you will be disappointed!

The best Negronis contain ice, topped with orange slices or fancy peel. These additions can bring out more flavours in the drink, so make sure to ask for this if your Negroni doesn't come with these as standard.

Brunello di Montalcino

Another classic Tuscany wine is the Brunello di Montalcino. Garnet in colour and blended with a variety of black fruits, vanilla and spices, a glass of this famous drink will be nothing akin to what you have tasted before.

All Sangiovese Grosso grapes used in Brunello di Montalcino are grown on the slopes around Montalcino, a hilltop village near Siena. They are large, dark berries which give the wine the fitting translation of “little dark one”.

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Oak Fashioned

Hotel Savoy’s cocktail bar is home to plenty of unique creations, but none quite hit the spot like their Oak Fashioned. With the perfect balance of whisky, maple syrup and oak bitters, you will be sure to have an experience similar to that of Tuscany’s iconic season, where the smell of trees and roasted chestnuts is rife in the air. Its flavours are long-lasting and persistent, so it can act as a wonderous comfort drink for the rest of the evening.


Whilst it's usually an expresso coffee drink, the Miele has recently made an appearance as a type of margarita and martini cocktail. Created by adding the leftover mocha dregs from coffee pots to tequila, chilli peppers, lemon and maple syrup, you will be able to try a highly infused glass which encompasses a taste of luxury.

Book Local Drink Experience in Florence

Whilst you might need to hunt harder for this drink at a bar, we can assure you that they do exist in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms.

If you're looking to arrange your own trip to Florence to experience the local food and drink, why not book with We can help you plan your next great trip away, where you will be guided to the best restaurants and bars in the area.

The Wine-Making Process in Tuscany

If you're interested in Italian wine tours, then you'll definitely want to check out the wine-making process in Tuscany. Read this article The Wine-Making Process in Tuscany for more facts

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