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Cocktail Generation

Cocktail Generation

Where to go for fine drinks in Milan, from traditional softly-lit lounge bars to mixology institutions and speakeasy-style secret addresses

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t is behind the counters of the best bars in Milan that the history of contemporary cocktails unfolds. Here, new styles and hybridizations abound because the mixology universe is a serious thing which fascinates a passionate audience and challenges young entrepreneurs and luxury hotel companies to get involved, opening unique places that redefine the bar concept.
International cocktails and new mixes with a vintage flavour finally enjoy a well-deserved revival as alcoholic alchemies mixed with the Italian culture and products. And as Milan promises the become home of high-level mixology revisited by skilled and cool bartenders, never before has the classic Milanese aperitif been such an unmissable ritual.

Mandarin Bar & Bistrot

Via Andegari 9

The interiors are chic and design-oriented, revolving around sleek black & white geometric decorations, whereas a beautiful courtyard is the setting for the outside tables and outdoor sofas. Housed inside the the 5-star hotel Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Mandarin Bar & Bistrot is the perfect venue for a Milanese luxury aperitif. Every day at 6.00 pm sharp the lights are dimmed, the music fills the air and the mixologist experts surprise patrons by adding an oriental twist to some of the most classic Italian cocktails.

Mandarin Bar & Bistrot

1930 Speakeasy

Secret address, Milan

Dim lights, leather armchairs, vintage trunks and background music: a space-time jump back to the Prohibition Era is the pleasant compromise you need to make in order to taste some of the best cocktails in Milan and sample elaborate vintage drinks and fine whiskeys. No screaming, no phones, no excessive drinking, and of course a proper attire: only if you manage to comply with these rules will you be admitted to access this unique place.
1930 Speakeasy

Rita & Cocktails

Via Angelo Fumagalli 1

Rita is practically an institution in Milan: if you want to taste state-of-the-art cocktails, head straight to this gem of a place tucked away in a small street off the Alzaia Naviglio Grande and you won’t regret it: the quality of the cocktails, of the ingredients and of the creations are simply amazing. First and foremost, go for a Gin Zen, a true house special: freshly ground ginger, gin, lime, lime cordial, soda and crushed ice, served in a low tumbler.
Rita & Cocktails

Dry

Via Solferino 33

Cocktails and pizza: can you picture anything more enjoyable? Under the guidance of starred chef Andrea Berton, Dry created a new format which the Milanese seem to like a lot. Bartender Guglielmo Miriello is a young but already famous mixologist specializing in vintage cocktails: try a great revamped classic like the Hanky Panky with Tanqueray, vermouth and Fernet Branca according to the original recipe created at the Savoy Hotel in London in the early 1900s.

Dry
Ph. Michael James Daniele

Lacerba Quisibeve

Via Orti 4

Whenever you want a properly crafted Bloody Mary, this is your place. At Lacerba, you can actually get a dozen different versions of this timeless drink, including the house specialty, Maria L'Acerba, with green tabasco and homemade chilli vodka, Q.B., a variation with tequila, basil and cinnamon liqueur, and Yellow Sub-Maria, tequila infused with yellow pepper and a sprinkle of turmeric.

Lacerba Quisibeve
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