There is much to see in this Italian town, but the nightlife is really where it is at.
Vox is located on Via Papa Giovanni XXIII and, therefore, is enjoyed by many of the hotel guests from the hotels located on that road; it is located next door to the Mercure Palazzo Dolci. In Bergamo, Happy Hour means that your drinks arrive with a selection of snacks and nibbles which can vary in amount, quality and nature. In VOX, Happy Hour consists of a full buffet which is spread along the bar and counter spaces, and is regularly replenished when plates and bowls get close to empty. We ordered our drinks at €5.00 each (€6 on Sunday) and soon discovered that this then allowed us to enjoy as much of the buffet as we desired – what a great way to have a cheap evening ‘meal’! During our visits we enjoyed bruschetta, potato, crisps, cold meats, olives, salads, dips, slim pizza slices, etc. – all of which were delicious. The bar also has a restaurant on the upper level to the rear.
Popular Irish Victorian Bar (The Ritual)
Located on a side street off the Main Street Papa Giovanni, this is a Victorian, Irish Pub, with great atmosphere and Guinness! We recently visited it twice during a recent weekend break in Bergamo and it was quite crowded both nights at our latest visits. Dress code is casual but with Italian styling!
Bar Code 212
It is a trendy looking bar located in the old archways. We were escorted up a flight of stairs and shown to cafeteria style seats in a mezzanine level overlooking the bar. It was mainly a young trendy crowd, that were seated in this area, and I hate to admit it, but the music was a bit too loud, and not really my type of music, so chatting was a bit difficult. We perused the list of cocktails. I chose a prosecco and strawberry drink (pic 3), the others chose champagne cocktails, while Debs went for her favourite Jack Daniels. While we waited for our drinks we indulged in a bit of people watching, and down stairs, we could see our drinks being made at the bar. This bar has many levels, with rooms off the staircase. On the way to find the toilets, I managed to find the kitchens, and a lift to the VIP lounge!
We came here for drinks on the Friday evening after dinner in Bassa, as we were the small group staying up in Alta and decided to drink “close to home”. The bar’s location, in one corner of the beautiful Piazza Vecchia, was just perfect. We all found our preferred beverage on the menu (I had an excellent grappa – others drank beer, whisky, tea, limoncello and mojito). There was music and activity in the piazza, as part of the national holiday celebrations, and the evening was pleasantly warm. A super end to the last full day of the meeting. Prices are reasonable here – it is not one of those places where you are charged double for the privilege of sitting in the main square!
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Nightlife in Bergamo.