Historic Centre Nightlife, Florence (Self Guided)

Well known for its beautiful historic architecture and for its huge contribution to the Renaissance movement in Italy, Florence remains a vibrant, thriving center of activity that hosts not only a large tourism trade, but also attracts a lot of international students studying abroad. As such, Florence possesses a hot nightlife scene where guests from around the world can hear some amazing music and dance until the break of dawn. Take this Florence Nightlife Tour to Discover all this city has to offer when the sun goes down.
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Historic Centre Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Historic Centre Nightlife
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Xena
Trip per Tre

1) Trip per Tre

A great little dive located not far from the central train station, Trip per Tre, or Trip for Three is mall Irish pub where guests can enjoy a pint of ale while listening to a wide assortment of hard rock and heavy metal. The walls are lined with music memorabilia, including posters, artwork, and more. Further into the pub guests will find that this charming little place is casual and friendly local watering hole. Along with the unique vibe that the heavy musical accompaniment provides, Trip per Tre also has reasonable prices as well as a good menu of appetizers to offer its guests. Its staff has a reputation for friendliness, sometimes even giving guests drinks and snacks on the house.

Operation Hours: Daily: 6 pm – 2 am
Space Electronic

2) Space Electronic

Located near the Santa Maria Novella, Space Electronic is a unique sci-fi-inspired nightclub offering up some of the hottest beats the city has to offer. Downstairs is a casual lounge playing R and B music where guests can kick back with a cocktail before, during or after the main event located upstairs. Space Electronic’s main room is a large industrial-style space with speakers hanging off the exposed rafters overhead. Reminiscent of warehouse clubs in Berlin, Space Electronic heats up the dance floor each night with hard driving electronic beats for a party that is truly out of this world.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8 pm – 3 am
The Joshua Tree Pub

3) The Joshua Tree Pub

A quaint little Irish-style establishment, the Joshua Tree Pub is a casual, friendly place where a diverse set of locals and tourists congregate for good beer at reasonable prices and great vibes. Conveniently located just down the road from Santa Maria Novella, guests to the Joshua Tree Pub can enjoy the intimate, cozy atmosphere of its dimly-lit interior while watching the latest soccer match. During big games it’s a good idea to arrive early in order to ensure a seat. In addition to an ample variety of beers to choose from, the Joshua Tree Pub also makes great cocktails that are also just as easy on the wallet.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 4 pm – 2 am
Public House

4) Public House

A great place for a casual and friendly crowd, the Public House is another popular Florence hotspot located near Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Guests can enjoy the old horror and classic music memorabilia on the walls, adding a quirky vibe to the place. The Public House features a wide selection of beers, including evenings where guests can try a selection of local craft beers. The place gets pretty packed during happy hour, which lasts an impressive 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Tuesday evenings offers happy hour prices all night long, and Sundays broadcast live soccer matches. Thursday nights the Public House provides live music, while Fridays and Saturdays are set aside for DJ sets.

Operation Hours: Daily 6 pm — 2 am

5) Yab

An upscale nightclub attracting a trendy and glamorous set of guests, Yab is an exclusive establishment that serves as one of Florence’s hottest nightspots. Located close to Piazza della Repubblica, guests to Yab are treated to its chic and sophisticated interior décor, which includes polished white walls with splashes of neon blue embellishments. The entertainment provided will ensure a great night on the dance floor, serving up the sounds of the best pop, hip hop, and electronic dance music. Drinks are a bit pricey and a drink card system is in place where you pay the tab at the end of the night, though admission is free.

Operation Hours: Monday: 11.30 pm – 4 am; Wednesday – Saturday: 11.30 pm – 4 am
Slowly Cafè

6) Slowly Cafè

An elegant lounge designed in the style of an old, posh New York jazz club, the Slowly Café is located next to the Palazzo Davanzati in the historic city center of Florence. Serving an elegant selection of tempting cocktails, as well as it famous martinis, the Slowly Café caters to a mainly upscale crowd of young professionals as well as a fair amount of tourists due to their reasonably-priced appetizer buffet and numerous drink specials. The buffet is located in the upstairs lounge which also provides a great view of the action below on the dance floor. Jazz sounds permeate the club from its eclectic mix of nu jazz and other smooth electronic beats.

Operation Hours: Daily: 7 pm – 2 am
Club TwentyOne

7) Club TwentyOne

Located in the center of Florence between the historic Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, Club TwentyOne is a thrilling nightclub and a great late-night party venue. After many of the nearby nightspots begin closing down for the evening, Club TwentyOne’s DJs are serving up a great mix of dance beats, spinning anything from drum and bass to top forty hits and more, all night long. Interior décor is kept to a minimum and the focus us kept on the entertainment, attracting a mixed crowd of locals and tourists. A comfortable lounge area with sofas is also available for those seeking a more laid back time or a break from dancing, as well as VIP tables and a separate room for VIPs where guests can party in style.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.30 pm – 4 pm
The Blob Club

8) The Blob Club

Among the trendiest establishments found in Florence, the Blob Club is located nearby Palazzo Vecchio on Via Vinegia. This quaint two-level club features a dance floor downstairs with intimate lounge seating, while the upstairs balcony provides tables overlooking the action taking place on the dance floor below. Entertainment runs the gamut and includes anything from old school hip hop tracks and classic rock to old pop tunes and Italian classics, as well as open mic shows on Wednesday nights. The interior décor, which includes fine art paintings, gives the Blob Club an artsy appeal. Popular with tourists, the Blob Club receives a predominantly English-speaking crowd.

Operation Hours: Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 11 pm – 3 am; Thursday – Saturday: 11 pm – 5.30 am
The Red Garter

9) The Red Garter

Established for over fifty years, the Red Garter was one of Florence’s first American-style bars. The front room includes a number of large screen televisions playing games from all over the world. The back room includes two levels with a DJ booth and a dance floor where all the action takes place. This high energy nightspot attracts a mainly English-speaking crowd of vibrant party goers for a night that can include anything from dancing to DJ sets, live music acts, karaoke, beer pong and much more. The Red Garter also includes an on-site American-style steakhouse, and offers a good selection of beers and tasty cocktails to choose from.

Operation Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8 pm – 3 am; Thursday – Saturday: 8 pm – 4 am; Sunday: 8 pm – 3 am

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Florence's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Florence City Pass issued by Musement and the Florence City Pass by TicketBar.

A city pass combines all or multiple Florence's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Florence hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Strozzi Palace Hotel, Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Hotel Pierre.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Florence, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Florence typically costs from around US$25 up to US$90 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Florence from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Florence on a 2.5-hour bike tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Enjoy a day of art and sightseeing in Florence at a great discount on the Florence Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to the Accademia (hosting David) and Uffizi Galleries.

- Get yourself “under the skin” of Florence and explore the city's ghosts and curiosities at night. On this 2-hour night walk you will see the famous Florentine attractions in a different light and hear historical anecdotes and stories associated with them.

- Make the most of your time in Florence with a 3-hour guided walk to the most prominent sights of this magical city, e.g. Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David, also discovering some of its hidden gems!

- Unleash your appetite for Florentine delicacies on this 3-hour food tour replete with tasting stops throughout the city. Follow an expert guide to eat and drink like a local, treat yourself to some of the top gourmet delights this city has to offer, including rich Italian coffee and gelato, explore the San Lorenzo Market, and so much more!

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Florence, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Pisa and Lucca, Assisi and Cortona, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, or Chianti. For as little as US$50+ to US$100+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cortona and other towns of Tuscany, set your eyes on the small piece of paradise on Earth manifested in five little villages hanging on cliffs above the sea, learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi, enjoy the sight of a unique landscape and taste the food and wines of Italy. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Florence, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.