Pre-Show Hangs

Concerts usually start pretty late in Milan (most of them start around 11, but it is not unusual to have concerts starting later than midnight), so you’ll need some place to stay beforehand.

Navigli Area

This area is dominated by two canals (Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese) originally built to bring materials by boat for the construction of the magnificient Duomo cathedral in the center of the city. After decades of decadence during the second half of the last century the whole area has been renovated completely, and it’s now one of the hip parts of the city. Lots of small cafes and bars offer the famous Italian aperitivo—during the so-called “happy hours,” you can have a drink and eat pasta salads, appetizers and snacks. Suggested drink: Spritz.


This recently opened office building is housing several music business and arts-related companies such as graphic and Web design studios, publicity and booking agencies. In the courtyard you can also find an art gallery (Galleria Disastro), a cafe and an indie store selling books, vinyl and clothes by independent designers. Great place to relax, have a drink and take a look to the expositions of emerging Italian artists before the nightlife kicks in. Suggested drink: Any cocktail will do.

Brutto Anatroccolo

If you’re looking for the real Italian trattoria experience, this is the place to go. Rough, crowded, very cheap prices, good food. They don’t serve Coca-Cola. Suggested order: Milanese cotoletta (deep-fried veal) and mashed potatoes.

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