Florence may be known for its Renaissance architecture, art, and Duomo, but when the sun goes down a bustling club culture keeps the city alive. Nightlife in Florence isn't just seasonal, partly due to the thousands of study abroad students. The compact layout of the city makes club hopping easy on the feet so if you're looking for nightlife, try these clubs:
Bamboo Lounge Club
Calling itself "the revolutionary lounge and club in Florence", Bamboo is currently open Thursdays through Saturdays, with the appertivo lounge opening at 19:00 and the music club open from 23:00 until 4:00. Special events, listed on the website below, are also held on other evenings.
Bamboo Lounge Club: Via Verdi 57R, in the historic center a few blocks from the Duomo
This unpretentious venue in the middle of the city's historic center, between the Duomo and Piazza Della Signoria, leaves out the posh décor of your typical club and keeps everything focused on the dance floor. Open on Wednesdays through Saturdays until well past two AM, Twentyone is the place to go when other bars and clubs are beginning to cool.
Club TwentyOne: Via dei Cimatori, 13 in the Santa Croce neighborhood
Those looking to test out their new designer heels or blazer from Via Della Vigna Nuova need to look no further than Yab, Florence's most glamorous club. Located just a few blocks from TwentyOne, the vibe couldn't be farther away. Stylish clientele passes through the glowing marquee sign and into an ultra-chic space of polished white walls with neon blue hues. Within the upscale atmosphere, the dance floor pounds away with pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. In summer, it's open fewer nights.
Yab: Via dei Sassetti, 5 in the historic center in the Duomo area
The name is pretty self-explanatory, as Space Electronic gives hordes of rowdy patrons exactly what it promises: a spacious, dark dance floor and pounding electronic music. A downstairs lounge and bar make for an ideal hang out early on where you can socialize and find a potential dance partner, but the real action is upstairs. The cavernous industrial space with metal rafters and hefty hanging speakers give off a warehouse party vibe and the floor is packed with casually dressed dancers and music lovers.
With its open industrial feel, loud electro, and even its location on the outskirts of the old center, it feels like Space Electronic could have been transplanted straight from the world-famous warehouse club scene in Berlin. Open daily.
Space Electronic: Via Palazzuolo, 37r in Santa Maria Novella area
The Blob Club
The Blob Club, just a few blocks away from the Museo Galileo and Uffizi Gallery, is an intimate two-story venue that offers non-summer party-goers a casual and friendly club experience. A downstairs bar and lounge decorated with wood-framed paintings have an art-house vibe, while the cozy dance floor nearby leaves no room to be shy. The Blob Club is the place to go to hear a change of pace in music. Check the schedule to find a night to match your taste, because the DJs here will stray from typical club fare to Italian hits, rock, classic pop and old-school hip-hop.
Nights at The Blob start early and go late. Open seasonally from October through April, The Blob Club is Florence's cure to the winter blues.