Unless you’re heading for the Ticinese and Navigli, Milan is a dressy city and generally looks askance at scruffy jeans and sneakers after dark. When most people don’t dine until well after 10pm, it’s not surprising that clubs and bars stay open until the very wee hours.
Milan has its share of flash clubs and cocktail bars, but most explode on the scene and disappear just as quickly; a few spots appear to be in for the long haul, like the vine-covered cocktail terrace at 10 Corso Como (www.10corsocomo.com; (tel) 02-2901-3581), the sybaritic D&G–branded Gold (www.dolcegabbana.it/gold; (tel) 02-7577-771), the evergreen dance club Hollywood (www.discotecahollywood.it; (tel) 02-6555-318) and mega-club Plastic at Via Gargano 15 (no phone). A new kid on the block currently refreshing the nighttime scene is the Milan outpost of St-Tropez’s Byblos (www.byblosmilano.com; (tel) mobile +39-338-809-8326), a chic one-stop venue with dance floors, chic bars, and restaurants.
Chinatown is a great area to explore for the dim sum restaurants concentrated around Via Paolo Sarpi. Just north of there is the Fabbrica del Vapore (Steam Factory; www.fabbricadelvapore.org; no phone), an exciting arts venue featuring major shows such as the visually stunning 2014 show “Van Gogh Live.”
A venerable Milan institution is the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, which has two stages for classical concerts, at Via Conservatorio 12 (www.consmilano.it; (tel) 02-762-110; box office open Mon–Fri 8am–8pm). Yet Milan is forever associated with the grand old dame of opera, Teatro La Scala, perhaps the world’s favorite opera house. La Scala is all kitted out with sumptuous red seats and boxes adorned with gilt; the chandeliers drip crystal in the way that the Milanese audiences drip diamonds. Tickets for one of its performances are as rare as hens’ teeth, so book well in advance of the opera season kicking off on December 7 each year. Book online at www.teatroallascala.org, pay by phone with a credit card ((tel) 02-861-778), or go to La Scala’s booking office in the Galleria del Sagrato, Piazza del Duomo, which is open from noon to 6pm daily (closed Aug). The ticket office at the opera house (Via Filodrammatici 2) releases 140 last-minute tickets for that evening’s performance 2 1/2 hours before the curtain goes up; get there promptly to be assured of a ticket.
What’s on When in Milan
To keep up with Milan’s ever-changing nightlife, check out Milan Explorer (www.milanexplorer.it; online only) and “Hello Milano” (www.hellomilano.it/hm), which is published monthly and available in most hotels.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.