Cocktails

Bar de L'O


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Chic cafe and bar on the ground floor of the Hotel L'Orologio. Facing Piazza Santa Maria Novella, just around the corner from the train station.

Bar de L'O provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a cocktail, a coffee or even a light business lunch.


Cafe Giacosa


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Leopard skin and zebra prints all the way with Roberto Cavalli.Start the day at Caffè Giacosa with a cappuccino and one of the best pastries around, or for an afternoon treat, check out the luxurious house speciality, a "caffè marocchino", a short espresso coffee topped with milk foam and laced with rich, dark melted chocolate. If you are feeling a little decadent after a day of luxury shopping in Via Tornabuoni and you want to hang on to it a little longer, slip in to Giacosa for a cocktail. Stand shoulder to shoulder with the well-heeled and enjoy the comings and goings or pay slightly more for waiter service at a table or on the terrace. The legendary Negroni cocktail, now a favourite Florentine aperitif, was invented at Giacosa a century ago when the Count Negroni regularly propped up the bar and asked the barman to sharpen up his cocktail of Campari and vermouth with a shot of gin. For a more historic ambiance try the Giacosa offshoot just across the road at the Strozzi Palace. Drinks are served to your table in the once private courtyard of the enormously rich Filippo Strozzi .

Open bar


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Splash out for a river view.For an unforgettable view by the river of the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor and the Uffizi, try the Open Bar for a pre or after dinner treat. Excellent cocktails are served with appealing appetisers in this chic, almost water level bar.The creative cocktails are the thing to try, such as porous pebbles steeped in vermouth - an interesting addition to a classic cocktail, and although you pay a little more than average for drinks you can help yourself to the "aperitivo" or pre-dinner buffet, an abundant choice of beautifully presented finger food. Book ahead if you want to be sure of a window table and watch the changing colours of the historic buildings as the sun goes down. Come after dinner to gaze at the beautifully lit Ponte Vecchio as you listen to live jazz at a candle lit table.