Many say it is a crime to stay home on a Friday night in Genoa. If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the city’s nightlife there are a number of places to go, especially in the summer.
Theatre Carlo Felice
Theatre Carlo Felice is Genoa’s biggest and most important theatre. It was built in the beginning of the 19th century, was bombed during WWII and remained in ruined conditions until 1987. Since that time its classic look has been restored on the outside, but inside it’s a modern theatre. The theatre is very particular with its “ligurian-style” house facades painted walls with small terraces where people can sit and watch the shows. Terrific acoustics for every kind of classic and sometimes also pop/rock music. Dress up a bit if you come here.
Piazza delle Erbe
Piazza Erbe is just below the Piazza de Ferrari, which is the main square in Genoa. Stroll through the narrow streets and explore the side streets too. You’ll see a small square with tables around; there are several bars here and people are all out for fun. Locals tend to flock here on Friday nights.
If you’re looking for specific suggestions, travelers have highlighted a few bars to seek out while you are out on the town.
- La Bottega del conte – Nice wine and great cocktails. The building used to be a stockfish restaurant and you can go downstairs to the 1,000 year-old cellar with your drink to sit and enjoy.
- La Goletta – If you’re missing your Guinness, you’ll find it here at a reasonable price. Enjoy it on the dock of the harbor and meet the sailors coming in.
- Hemingway’s Bar – Great atmosphere and the owners know their rum and cigars; great snacks too.
- Irish Pub – Not really Irish, but a great place. Terrific selection of international beers and good food.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Genoa.
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