Small Venues in Florence


These bars/clubs provide small intimate atmospheres and often more than one style of music is offered on different nights of the week. As you can expect with Live Music, the quality varies but we reckon you’ll have a good time all the same! Just check out this list below:

Jazz Club Piano Bar
Via Nuova de’ Caccini 3
Tel: 055 247 9700
Open: 9.30pm-1am Sunday to Thursday, 9.30pm-2am Friday & Saturday

One of the few places in Florence where you can hear live Jazz regularly, this sophisticated basement venue is popular with large groups of thirtysomethings, though there are a few tables reserved for more intimate conversations. It has a low lit atmosphere and excellent music to be enjoyed even if a little smokey. Live performers range from traditional bands to smoky fusion and contemporary experimental groups, with other evenings dedicated to musical styles such as blues, Latin, flamenco and folk. Further novelties include a big band on Thursdays and the Jazz Club Gospel choir two Sundays a month. On Tuesday nights there’s an open and free jamming session!!

Bebop
Via del Servi 76r
Tel: 055 239 65 44
Open 9pm-2am

This is another place where you can catch a little jazz, blues or whatever else they happen to come up with. You can also head downstairs to a more mellow atmosphere and average-priced drinks. Basically the music consists of light covers but can be quite pleasant, and the place doesn’t seem to get too crowded.

BZF (Bizzeffe)
Via Panicale 61ri
San Lorenzo
Tel: 055 274 1009
Website: Bizzeffe
Open: noon- midnight Tues-Sun

Every Tuesday and many Fridays there’s live jazz at this mix match type of bar,restaurant, internet point, art space and bookshop in the converted ceilings of San Barnaba. Thanks to the vaulted ceilings, the acoustics are spot on. They usuallly put on a grande buffet!!

Porto di Mare
Via Pisana 128
Tel: 055 71 57 94
Open 8pm-3am

The interior resembles the seaside, hence the name “Port of the Sea”, with blue paint, fish nets and sea artifacts. If you come early on in the evening you will be able to get something to eat in this bar/restaurant. The owners are very into music and the live jamming (which can be anything from world music to blues and jazz to emerging acts) takes place downstairs. A membership card is always asked for and is used to buy your drinks.

Astor Caffè
Piazza del Duomo, 20r
Tel: 055 239 9000
Open: 10am-3am Mon to Sat, 5pm-3am Sun

The downstairs to this sparkling red and chrome bar hosts live music nights varying from all types of jazz, through to Latin and laid back Bossanova and Blues.

Caffè la Torre
Lungarno Celini 65r
Oltrarno
Tel: 055 680 643
Website: Caffè la Torre
Open:10.30am-3am daily.

A well-known local hangout for an aperitif and late night snacks, this small riverside café has nightly live music ranging from polka (!) to spicy Brazilian beats.

Celebrity
Via de’ Bardi 4-6r
Tel: 055 234 39 21

This place flows in and out of favour, but it can get busy later in the week. Live acts of all types perform on Wednesday and Thursday, while on Friday and Saturday the club is put into the hands of DJs.

Eskimo
Via dei Carnacci 12
Santa Maria Novella
Open: 6pm-4am daily

Communal wooden tables burst with Italian university students in this small bar – a real gem if you’re in search of the student music scene. There is live music at about 11pm every night, from jazz, blues, Neapolitan to rock cover bands. Happy hour is 6-9pm.

Ono Sendai
Via Pisana 82r
Tel: 055 220 71 44
Open 4pm-3am

This is a popular spot for live music, ranging from rock to jazz, however as a lot of the music is local stuff the quality varies greatly…

The Chiodo Fisso club
Via Dante Alighieri 16r

This little underground cellar type of bar offers a varied repertoire and is very popular with the locals. Its small oval stage and wooden stools and tables and old stone walls help create a really cosy atmosphere. The wine is also cheap and plentyful.

Caffe Voltaire
Via delle Scala 9r

This little place located near the Santa Maria Novella train station, offers anything from poetry readings to salsa dancing.

Girasol
Via del Romito 1
Tel: +39 055 474 948
Open: 8pm- 2.30am

Trying to become the next Havana, complete with fake palm trees, Girasol is the place for live Latin sounds. Dim lighting and flamboyant fruity cocktails will help you forget you’re in Italy. Drink prices are a little steep but it does include admission. Aim to get there around 10pm if you want a table.

Loonees
Via Porta Rossa 15r
Duomo area
Tel: 055 212 249
Open: 8pm-3am Tues to Sun. Closed August.

Loonees brims with a mixed crowd of tipsy foreign students and locals out to flirt. You will be packed in elbow to elbow by at least 11pm, to sounds ranging from reggae and funk, to rock covers and Italian pop. Two easily accessible bars offer free shots with every beer. The vaulted ceilings capture the sound nicely, although you will find it hard to talk once the music begins. On Saturdays, you can find bluesman Jeff Jones accompanied by a happy hour from 8-10pm.

Pinocchio
Viale Giannotti 13
Tel:055 683 388
Website: Pinocchio on line
Open: Sat only 9.30pm-2am. Closed May to October

Situated in the south-east corner of the city, this venue books some recognisable international names as well as Italian artists, covering a variety of musical style, including big band, traditional Tuscan folk, blues, Latin, experimental and classical jazz.


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Commenti (1) | March 2, 2010

One Response to “Small Venues in Florence”

  1. Sheila Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 04:19

    Hello there, just wandered by. I have a website. Lots of information out there. Looking for something else, but great site. Take care.

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