Chi ama i locali molto modaioli, gli eleganti cortili dei palazzi d'epoca, lo stile un po' eccentrico, sicuramente conosce il Bar Martini. Questo locale nasce dalla collaborazione tra Martini e Dolce & Gabbana, con l'intento di unire modernità e tradizione. Il total black è il colore dominante del Bar Martini, con l'eccezione di un dragone rosso che spicca sul pavimento e dei preziosi lampadari con decorazioni rosse. La scritta Martini domina l'interno del locale, ospitato nel flagshipstore di Dolce & Gabbana. Un connubio ben riuscito, una buona operazione pubblicitaria per entrambi i brand, un luogo di relax molto trendy, con una clientela mista che crea un ambiente internazionale. Qui turisti e milanesi amano fermarsi per un aperitivo accompagnato da vari finger food, un caffè o uno spuntino veloce. Di grande impatto il giardino tropicale in stile Dolce & Gabbana, allestito nei due cortili esterni, coperto con una veranda trasparente che consente di accomodarsi fuori anche d'inverno o nei giorni di pioggia. Prezzi nella norma dei locali top milanesi del quadrilatero (!)Recentemente è stato inaugurato anche il bistrot con piatti tipici della tradizione siciliana (come è noto patria dei due stilisti). Non abbiamo ancora avuto il piacere di provarlo, ma vi faremo sapere presto. 
Corso Venezia, 15 Milano
02 76011154
Bagni Misteriosi offers a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat. Situated a stone's throw away from Porta Romana, this stunning venue allows you to kick back and relax. Whether you splash around in one of the two pools, sunbathe on the floating platform, lounge around on one of the white hammocks or enjoy lunch or an aperatif at the bar; you can't go wrong. Originally built in the 1930s and famous for its freezing cold water, this public pool underwent huge restoration work and was re-opened in 2016 thanks to the generosity of patrons of the Teatro Parenti situated in the grounds. The end result is something quite spectacular. There are various price formulas depending on the time of day you enter or season. The prices for summer 2017 are as follows: Monday to Friday - 10.00 to 14.00; Adult 7 €, Child 5 €Wednesday "Large" - 7.30 to 14.00; Adult 15 €, Child 12 €Wednesday "early morning";  7.30 to 10.00; Adult 10 €, Child 8 €Lunchtimes: 12.30 to 14.30; Entrance fee 5 €Afternoons: 14.00 to 18.00; Adult 7 €, Child 5 €Thursday "large": 14.00 to 22.00; Adult 15 €, Child 12 €Thursday evenings: 18.30 to 22.00; Adult 10 €, Child 8 €Day Pass: Mondays to Fridays: 10.00 to 18.00; Adult 12 €, Child 9 €Saturdays and Sundays: Day Pass: 10.00 to 18.00; Adult 14 €, Child 10 €Afternoon: 14.00 to 18.00; Adult 10 €, Child 8 €Bagni MIsteriosi also organises events all year round and the small paddling pool is converted into an ice rink during the winter months. Please see the website for more details.   
Via Carlo Botta, 18 20135 Milan
02 8973 1800
Looking for somewhere special to enjoy an open air aperatif with a dramatic backdrop? Terrazza Duomo 21 offers just that. Enjoy one of the best views of Piazza del Duomo while sipping your favourite cocktail or a glass of wine. This stunning setting is a great place to watch the sun sink behind the Duomo in tranquil surroundings, but when dusk falls ... get ready to sway to the vibes of the dj set and for the crowds to arrive. If you want to ensure you get a table it is advisable to book in advance.  Make sure don't make the mistake of one of our party and try to order an Aperol Spritz or you will be directed next door the Aperol bar. The charming waiters at Duomo 21 will, however, be happy to offer you a Martini Spritz!Terrazza Duomo 21 can be accessed from the glass elevator tucked away in Via Silvio Pellico. Don't worry there is a doorman close to hand to make sure you don't get lost! 
Via Silvio Pellico, 2 20121 Milan
02 45397654
Looking for somewhere relaxed for a drink with friends, somewhere you can just turn up to in a pair of jeans and a pair of Converse without feeling out of place? Well, La Strada is just the ticket. This 'literary' cafè with a studenty vibe serves great cocktails, artisinal beers and decent wine by the glass from the window of an old 1960s VW van stuck slap bang in the middle of the wine bar itself. La Strada offers its clientele a small yet welcoming bar where customers can drink and chat while listening to live music or dj sets. (We suggest you call in advance for details of any events as we have been on week nights when it was quite quiet: during the weekends it is usually heaving with people). Don't forget to order a plate of cheese, cured meats, olives or 'panini' to go with your drinks. Closed on Mondays.   
Via Carlo Patellani, 4 20136 Milan
02 97384139
High above Milan overlooking Parco Sempione with a clear view of the Unicredit building in the distance, is Osteria con Vista at the Triennale - Milan's Contemporary Art Museum. This amazing restaurant located on the roof of the Triennale is a wonderous display of glass, wood, light and shade. Modern, sleek, with Central Park views and West Coast inspired decor, Osteria con Vista is a 'must' for lunch, dinner, an aperatif or Sunday brunch with friends and/or family. However, don't be fooled; getting a reservation can be almost as difficult as getting one at a top restaurant in London, especially during the weekend in the warmer months. As you walk into this glass walled restaurant you are greeted by a plethora of aromatic herbs which, along with wild grasses, form a wonderful backdrop to this elegant restaurant. During the warm weather the glass walls are opened up to allow guests to dine outside on the terrace, and a 400m2  awning is used to protect guests from the sun during the day and removed at night to allow them to gaze at the stars. If you don't want to stay for dinner why not simply sample one of Luis Hidalgo's famous cocktails and watch the sunset. Not only is the location unique, but the food is also delicious. The restaurant is run by Ugo Fava, whose aim was to recreate the 'osteria' concept of simple traditional Italian dishes and have Michelin star Chef Stefano Cerveni artfully give them a contemporary twist. Something the pair have expertly managed to carry off with mouthwatering success! The Osteria con Vista offers a great selection of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes as well as desserts, although the lunch menu offers a more limited choice (and only two desserts). Osteria con Vista also caters for little ones and offers tasty morsels that all children love especially for Sunday brunch. Parents will also be pleased that the restaurant also offers baby changing facilities, although you have to walk down several flights of stairs to access them. Osteria con Vista is open Mondays to Sundays from 11.30am to 12.30am.
Viale Alemagna, 6 Milano
02 36644340
This tiny bar, cum restaurant, is hidden away from the heavy traffic of Corso di Porta Romana in a quiet pedestrian area which boasts a small oasis of trees and roses. Re Fosco Bar is one of the few places in this part of town where you can happily sit outside on vintage picnic chairs and watch the world pass by while sipping a cappucino, munching on a light lunch or enjoying a glass of wine. Seating is limited as the inside of the bar is extremely small, however, the owner has found a way round this problem by providing outdoor seating - which is even covered and heated in the colder months. We suggest you book,  however, if you want to avoid waiting. Re Fosco Bar is open from 7 am to 10 pm everyday and offers its clientele freshly baked croissants for breakfast which are filled on the spot with jam, cream or cooked hams and served together with your choice of coffee, tea or juices. While a selection of interesting dishes are on offer if you fancy a light lunch or dinner, such as Re Fosco's Cheeseburger made from Vagyu beef, foccaccia di Recco (stuffed with stracchino cheese), smoked salmon with sour cream and blinis, Fassone steak tartar, foie gras mousse as well as pasta dishes, a selection of salads or cheeses and hams. Re Fosco Bar is particularly popular at aperativo time, even though unlike other bars they only offer a small selection of salami, cheese, cruditées and foccaccia with your glass of wine or cocktail. However, if you are particularly hungry you can always order one of the dishes on the menu. Although we've never had dinner here, Re Fosco Bar is a great place to have coffee, lunch or an aperativo with friends in a relaxed an informal atmosphere. 
Via San Calimero, 7 20122 Milan
02 36633079
Open first thing in the morning for breakfast until after dinner, Anche is part bistrot, part coffee bar, part wine bar with a Hipster vibe. Located in the heart of Isola, Milan's latest up-and-coming district, Anche is a few minutes walk from Porta Garibaldi station.Anche takes its food very seriously and all of Anche's suppliers are scrupulously chosen to ensure  that the quality of  their meat, cheese, vegetables and baked goods is of the highest standard and that producers conform to certain ethical guidelines.Unlike many other restaurants the ingredients take central stage at Anche rather than the chef. Often receipes are created thanks to the discovery of a new ingredient or the desire to try something new, such as Anche's signature piece: cotoletta alla milanese Sbagliata di Maiale Nostrano con mandorle e arance (Milanese "wrong" Pork Escalope with almonds and oranges). Simply delicious! The menu changes regularly depending on the seasons, so you may find anything from: cruda di chianina o fassona con fiori e germogli (steak tartare with flowers and shoots), tortelli di zucca con crema al castelmagno e polvere di amaretti (pumpkin tortelli with castelmagno cheese and a dusting of amaretti biscuits), beetroot canederli and ubriacone cheese with chocolate shavings, 8 verdure cotte e affumicate (8 cooked and smoked vegetables) or petto d'anatra con il suo fondo e ristretto al Balsamico e uva con purè di patate viola (duck breast with balsamic vinegar and grape jus and purple potato puree).On the dessert menu you will find mouthwatering dishes such as: budino di ricotta con biscotto croccante e salsa di cachi  (ricotta blanchmange served with crunchy biscuits and persimmon sauce) or mousse al cioccolato fondente con pere caramellate e salsa mou. (plain chocolate mousse with caramalised pears and mou sauce)Every Monday to Friday from 17 alle 19 Anche broadcasts live on radio.Anche is also open on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch, when in true American tradition sweet and savoury are mixed together in a very Italian way. Prices are very reasonable. Lunch starts at €10 and includes water and coffee, while you can enjoy a three course dinner for €30 plus or brunch for €20. 
Via Carmagnola, 5 20159 Milan
331 8224002
Here is a place that we really like for a number of reaons. Firstly, it has finally bought some life to Piazza Cavour (it is always open from 7.30am until 2.00am). Secondly, it is bright, spacious, modern and furnished in a unique and original way. It also has a great outside seating area just a few steps away from Giardini di Porta Venezia, which you can enjoy even in the colder months  thanks to the outdoor heaters. Swiss Corner is a bar and restaurant that was opened by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Italy (and situated on the ground floor of the Centro Svizzero - Swiss Centre) to promote Swiss culture, design and style as well as hold cultural events. The space is characterised by large windows that look out directly over Piazza Cavour and Via Palestro; while inside there is a long stainless steel bar positioned in the centre and surrounded by red stools. On either side of the bar is the restaurant area; the walls of which consist of large screens where images of famous Swiss citizens are projected as well as scenes of Swiss towns and countryside. The lounge restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, aperatifs, dinner and after dinner drinks. Some evenings there is a DJ, while on Saturday and Sunday brunch is served between 12 alle 16. The lunch and dinner menu offers dishes accompanied by Swiss cheeses, tartare, salads and crepes, many of which have Swiss names. Our favourites are the Helvetia crepe with gorgonzola, radicchio and walnuts, the Sankt Moritz crepe with mozzarella, ham and olive patè, the Nordica with marinated salmon, avocado, philadelphia and lime, as well as the desserts with fruits of the forest, cream cheese and other delicious combinations.   
Piazza Cavour Angolo Via Palestro
02 76390698
You will be anything but "dry" when you leave here. Dry boasts a Cocktails & Drinks menu that would drive any expert into a frenzy, among which are their "Vintage or Forgotten Cocktails"  such as "Corpse Reviver" and "Between the Sheets" (old Savoy, London favourites) or Dry's Signature Classics such as "Vintage Negroni", "Dry Bloody" or "Funky Rooster Cobbler". Otherwise, why not try the" Black Smoke Cherry" with bourbon, sugar, bitter chocolate and black cherry! If you are not a cocktail fan, don't worry the drinks and wine menu is equally extensive. To compliment these inebriating delights why not sit at one of the tables and try one of Drys' pizzas which, like everything else they serve, comes with a twist. Try the Chef's mouthwatering pizza with braised escarole, pine nuts, raisins and buffalo ricotta or with smoked salmon, tomato compote and fior di latte cheese. Otherwise simply have one with 24 month cured parma ham or baked ham. Dry also offers a selection of focacce, salads and desserts.   The decor is decidedly cool with unplastered walls, low lighting and a bar complete with cocktail flinging barman. Definitely worth a visit whether you are simply passing through for a quick drink or planning on spending the evening with friends. 
Via Solferino 33 20121 Milan
02 63793414
Pisacco offers both a restaurant and bar on two floors, which is open all day. You can access the bar at street level from Via Solferino and enjoy an aperativo while seated at one of the communal tables or on a  comfortable stool. The restaurant is downstairs and, although it is not as attractive as the bar, it overlooks a small garden which was once a section of the Conca delle Gabelle, in the days when the Martesana canal flowed into the city towards Piazza San Marco. (It's such a shame that the Canals were filled in ...)The interior design is minimalist with pale chairs, coloured neon lights and murals on the walls - all of which reflect the philosophy of Pisacco. The cuisine is simple, offering Italian dishes with a twist, such as: spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce and a buffala mozzerella cream, steak tartar with quail egg and herb mayonaise, black cod with Belgium endive and peppers, peach and amaretto dessert - just enough to get your mouth watering. Prices are not prohibitive, although remember this is Brera, one of Milan's trendiest areas. Worth a visit and definitely the in place to go at the moment.   
Via Solferino 48 20121 Milan
02 91765472
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