If you want to fully dive into the Italian lifestyle there is no better way than to sip a Negroni to celebrate the beginning of Summer. The year 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of its creation and you can consider this occurrence as another excuse to spoil yourself with an extra glass of this bitter cocktail.
The Negroni cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails throughout Florence. It is said to have been created right here in Florence by Camillo Negroni in the early 20s when he was coming home from one of his many trips from London. He asked the bartender to add some gin into his Milano-Torino. A Milano-Torino is made with red vermouth and bitters, thus adding that signature gin created his masterpiece. Today, the cocktail is made with equal parts bitters, red vermouth, and gin, then topped with a garnish of orange. The drink is known for its dry flavor and pungent aroma. The drink is mean to be enjoyed before dinner due to its high alcohol level, but any of these 5 bars will serve it at anytime you ask.
Here are our top 5 places to get a Negroni Cocktail
5. Ditta Artigianale
This bar doubles as a cafe and bar, depending on what time of day you stop by. During the day, they are known for their specialty roast coffee which are perfectly paired with a variety of sandwiches and pastries. At night, this brooklyn style bar is the perfect place to get a cocktail and enjoy it in a calm, easy-going atmosphere.
Location: Via dei Neri, 30/32 R
4. Antico Caffe del Moro-Art Bar
This bar is older styled and small, but the perfect atmosphere if you want a calm night out. All of the drinks are made to perfection, with most including a fresh fruit garnish. The bar is full of tables to sit at or you can simply hang out by the bar. The Bartenders are extremely knowledgeable of all drink-especially the Negroni.
Location: Via del Moro, 4
3. Harry’s Bar
This bar is known for making its guests feel like family. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it a perfect night starter or night cap. The drinks are made perfectly, including the Negroni. It is a very local place so you so not have to bare the mass amount of tourists like you would at other bars. There is also a classic italian cuisine menu to choose from if you’re in the mood to grab a bite to eat.
Location: Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 22/R
2. Atrium Bar
Located inside of the Four Seasons hotel in Florence, this bar is truly an elegant experience. There is both inside and outside seating, with a live band on most weekends. During the day, the bar is known for its afternoon tea session with light appetizers. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner and drinks in this romantic setting. The bar is most known for its Moulin rouge cocktail, and its twist on the negroni, that they call “vintage”. The bar can be accessed by anyone, not just guest sof the hotel. If you are a hotel guest, you can even order the drinks from room service to enjoy right in your own room.
1. Negroni Bar
This bar is known for its Negroni cocktail, as the name suggests. This restaurant and bar offers a wide, traditional menu full of Italian staples. They are mostly known for their pizza, but their spaghetti is a close second. There is also an outside eating area with a quiet night life scene past sundown. After a long day of walking around, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the city views. The cocktails are the right price and made to perfection.