If we had to narrow down one place in Milan that exudes the spirit of the city, it would probably be Bar Magenta. Established in 1907, it claims to be the oldest bar in Milan and lives up to its reputation of being one of the best pubs to spend the evening in. When you step into the bar for the first time, it feels like you are transported back into the 1900s because – apart from the swanky television screens showing football matches – not much of the interior seems to have changed since the place was first established.
It would be unfair to label the place as a run-of-the-mill pub because it is so much more than that. It is always rare to find a place in the city that serves good drinks and food at the same time, but Bar Magenta seems to strike a good balance between the two. The bar has a wide selections of beers, the cocktails are delicious and so are the panini. They even have a very decent assortment of aperitivo food. And if all this wasn’t already enough to convince you to try it out, the karaoke and live music nights that they frequently organize supporting local jazz and rock bands should definitely make it worth it.
Bar Magenta is a place that must not be missed out if you are living in Milan or even visiting the city for a short period of time. The place has a great ambiance and you will find a wide assortment of people in the bar starting from businessmen having a pint after work to students, tourists and fashionable models. Also, if you enjoy billiards, they even have an old billiards table that looks as if it’s been sitting there for the last fifty years waiting for you to try your hand at the game.
Via Carducci, 13
Timings: Mon-Sun 9.00am – 2.00am
Tel: 02 8053808