Nightlife and Entertainment in Bologna

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Because this Italian city has a large student population, there is a wide range of Bologna nightlife to choose from. Some of the main club areas are near the University of Bologna, but no matter what your interests are, you will find entertainment to suit you desires. For those that like to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, many of the cafes are open until 2am.

Jazz Clubs

If you are looking for some great jazz, the best in the city, then stop of at the Cantina Bentivolgio. The cellars are a jazz club and the building is a palazzo that was built in the 16th century. It opens at 8 in the evening, but the jazz goes until late. It is always crowded, so it is best that you get a reservation. Another great jazz club is the Chet Baker’s Jazz Club, which is very similar to a club you would find in New York.

Going to the Teatro

If you are interested in concerts, opera or theatre, then see what is playing at the Teatro Communal. This is the main venue for theatre in the city. In the 1970s this was where Luciano Pavarotti frequently performed. Another great place for concerts is the Sala Mozart at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, where Mozart performed when he was 14.

Another great spot for more traditional theatre is the Teatro Duse. If you want some comedy, then stop off at the Teatro Dehon. A great theatre for children is the Teatro Testoni. There are also many cinemas spread throughout the city.

Bars and Clubs

A great bar that has some of the best gelato and makes one of the best espressos in town is Bar Giuseppe at the Piazza Maggiore. This bar runs the length of the block and is right near the main arcade. The best spot for a dry martini is the Nu Lounge Bar, where you can find single 30-somethings and fashionistas.

Clubs and Osterias

If you want a popular designer club, then stop off at Soda Pops. This club plays hip hop and techno music. A few other clubs to check out are Kinki and Matis. One of the most popular gay clubs is Cassero, located on top of one of the city's medieval gates.

You can also stop in at any of the osterias for a quick drink, or even do an osteria crawl, as there are many throughout the city. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th century. The best osteria in town is the Osteria del Sole. Many times you can bring your own meal as long as you purchase a glass of wine.

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