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This information might come in useful for those travelling to Milan next week, then again might be no use to you whatsoever after 20 litre bottles of Peroni
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Linate (airport code LIN):
General information: tel. 02.74.85.22.00. Lost luggage: tel. 02.70.12.44.51.
Transport to Linate: Bus n° 73, from Corso Europa/Piazza San Babila. Use the normal bus (“ATM”) ticket (E 1, see Public transport). The journey takes 25 minutes; Linate airport is 7 km from the city centre.
STAM coach service, from the Central Station, Piazza Luigi di Savoia. Every half-hour approx. from 5.40 to 21.35. Tickets (E 2) from “Passaggi” agency. Journey time 25 minutes.
By taxi from the city centre, E 10-20.
Malpensa (airport code MXP):
Terminal 1 at Malpensa is the new terminal used by most of the major airlines. Only a few flights leave from terminal 2. General airport information: tel. 02.2680.0613, 02.7485.2200. Lost luggage: tel. 02.5858.0070.
Meeting point at Malpensa airport
If you are planning to use the the Malpensa Express to get to Milan, you can meet at the bar near the platforms for the Malpensa Express trains. The bar is on the same level where you buy your tickets for the Malpensa Express, just above the train platforms (next to the moving walkway that takes you down to the platform). There is only one bar with small tables in front of it.
Inside Malpensa, all international flights arrive at the "B Gate". Right near there you can find the "Information Point" which is next to the Sicily store. This could be another meeting spot. (Thankyou to Noticeboard contributor A.S. for this information)
Transport to/from Malpensa
The “Malpensa Express” train service runs from Stazione Cadorna railway station, Piazzale Cadorna, Milan. Trains run from 5.50 to 20.20 every half-hour, with extra trips at 05.00, 21.20, 22.20 and 23.10 by bus. Journey time 40 mins. Cost: E 9.00 when bought at ticket office, E 11.50 when bought on train. Frank the ticket using the machines on the platform before getting on the train. Malpensa Express info 02.20222, 7.00-20.00.
The “Malpensa Shuttle” coach service runs every 20 minutes (fewer trips early and late) from 4.30 until 00.15, from Milan Central Station, Piazza Luigi di Savoia. E 4.50, tickets from “Passaggi” agency opposite coach stop. Approx 50 minutes. Stops at both Terminal 1 and 2. Info: 02.5858.3185.
The “Malpensa Bus Express” coach service runs every 30 minutes from 5.15 to 22.35, from Milan Central Station, Piazza Luigi di Savoia. E 5.50, tickets from “Passaggi” agency opposite coach stop. Approx 60 minutes. Info: tel. 0331.519.000, 02.2407.954.
Malpensa-Linate coach service: Malpensa Shuttle coaches leave Linate every 90 minutes from 6.00, reaching Malpensa in 70 minutes; departures from Malpensa run every 90 minutes from 8.00 to 21.30. Cost: E 7.75. Info: 02.5858.3185.
Milan-Malpensa by taxi: about E 75, 45 to 75 minutes. If you take a taxi to Malpensa, make sure that it has the sticker Taxi autorizzato per il servizio aeroportuale lombardo on the windscreen. This means that its taximeter is adjusted for this route and that you pay the displayed fare. Other taxis without the sticker may double the fare.
Milan Bergamo airport is named Orio al Serio Airport. Bus services run from the airport to Milan and to Bergamo. Travel from Bergamo Airport to Milan costs €6.70 (or £5) one way, or €13 (£9) for a return using the efficient coach service run by a company called Terravision. The journey takes an hour, and Terravision have reps in the arrivals hall who can tell you where to catch the coach. The bus stops at Milan's main railway station, Stazione Centrale. You can book tickets online in advance using the link on the right. Terravision also run a bus service in the UK between Stansted Airport and Victoria in London - you can buy a combined 'through' multi-city ticket to save more money.
The public bus service into Bergamo runs every half-hour and costs €1.05 each way. For more details check the Bergamo Airport website.
Bergamo is an hour by train from Milan, and there are also frequent services to Brescia. Buses run to Milan, Como and other local destinations. Trains from Milan to Bergamo run approximately hourly; tickets cost €3.75 each way. A few trains run from Milan's Stazione Centrale, but most use Stazione Porta Garibaldi.
Travelling around within Bergamo is quite easy on foot, but the town also has a good bus network. A funicular connects the lower town with the Città Alta - from the station walk straight ahead towards the hill where you can see the Città Alta, for about 15-20 minutes. The funicular station is on Viale Vittorio Emanuele II, where the road bends around the foot of the hill. Alternatively, from Bergamo station, the number 1 bus runs to the funicular, and then on the furthest part of the Città Alta, by the second funicular to San Vigilio. You can buy tickets from bars or machines, and stamp them when you travel. The best option is a one-day ticket (a biglietto giornaliero), which costs €2.40 and is valid on buses and funiculars - just stamp it the first time you use it.
Police: phone 113. Ambulance: phone 118. Fire brigade: phone 115.
In case of stolen goods or documents, you will need to contact the police station, “Questura”, in Via Fatebenefratelli 11 (MM3 Turati), tel. 02.62.261. Consulates will advise on procedures.
Milan tickets and transport and directions:
Tickets for A.C. Milan’s matches can be purchased at:
• Cariplo bank. Open Mon-Fri 8.45-13.45, Via Verdi 8 (MM1/3 Duomo).
• All other branches of Cariplo bank.
• Milan Point shop, Piazza XXIV Maggio on corner with Via San Gottardo. Tel. 02.8942.2711, 02.8942.2567. Open Tues-Sat 10.00-19.00. Includes a bar and a shop selling A.C. Milan gadgets.
Tickets for Inter’s matches can be purchased at:
• Banca Popolare di Milano. Open Mon-Fri 8.45-13.45, 14.45 –15.45, Piazza Meda 4 (MM1 S. Babila).
• All other branches of Banca Popolare di Milano.
Prices start at E 15 and reach E 115.
Admission is free for the disabled: gates 50-51 (officially you have to have a certificate showing your “100% disability”).
Transport: to get to the stadium before the match, MM1 Lotto then free shuttle bus, or tram 24 from MM1 De Angeli. Seats are numbered, and so in theory you can get there any time: however it’s best to get to the stadium a bit early just to savour the pre-match entertainment. After the game, there are no shuttle buses, and so you can either walk to MM1 Lotto (15-20 minutes) or to Piazzale Axum to take tram 24 back to MM1 De Angeli or into the centre (MM1 Cordusio).
Nightlife, happy hour
The focal points for nightlife are the Navigli canal district and nearby Porta Ticinese; Corso Como; the Brera district; and the Isola district, behind the Porta Garibaldi railway station. But there are popular night spots all over the city.
Happy hour aperitifs are very popular and can often be an alternative to dinner at the price of a cocktail (E 5-10). Kookabar (Piazzale Libia 3, tel. 02.5412.2507, www.kookabar.net) is one of the few venues following the official rules which state that no foods should be exposed to the public "self serve" style.
Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 25 (MM3 Zara), tel. 02.6901.6352, www.alcatrazmilano.com. Open Fri and Sat, 23.00-04.00. Milan’s largest disco, in a refurbished warehouse. Occasionally stages rock concerts. Fri, revival and pop music, Sat rock, trash, heavy, glam. Very popular with teenagers.
B4, Via Vannucci/Via Ripamonti 13 (MM3 Portaromana), tel. 02.5830.5632. Open every day 18.00-02.00. A music bar, always popular, contemporary art exhibitions, DJ set every night. Happy hour until 21.00.
Bar Basso, Via Plinio 39 (MM1 Lima), tel. 02.2940.0580, www.barbasso.com. Open 9.00-01.30, closed Tues. A classic Milan bar, expert in cocktails, above all the Negroni, and their own invention, the "Negroni Sbagliato" (with sparkling white wine instead of gin: the other ingredients are Campari and dry Martini). It was created by mistake by a harassed barman, but people liked it and so it has remained their speciality.
Le Biciclette, Via Torti 4 (MM2 S. Ambrogio), tel. 02.5810.4325, www.lebiciclette.com. Open Mon-Sat 18.00-02.00, Sun 12.30-02.00. A bar-restaurant, popular for aperitifs and Sunday brunch. Art exhibitions.
Blue Note, Via Borsieri 37 (MM2 Porta Garibaldi FS), tel. 02.6901.6888, www.bluenotemilano.com. The European branch of the famous jazz club, jazz concerts every evening at 21.00 and 23.30 (18.00 and 21.00 on Sun, Sunday brunch). Bar, restaurant.
Blueshouse, Via Sant'Uguzzone 26, near the Villa San Giovanni Metro station, www.blueshouse.it. Live music most nights, with bands playing rock, blues, folk, and tribute bands specialising in Lynryd Skynryd, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and others.
Café L'Atlantique, Viale Umbria 42 (MM3 Lodi), tel. 02.5519.3925/35, www.cafeatlantique.com. A spectacular disco, pop, house, R&B, hip hop. Sun, Manhattan Lounge, 19.00, in cooperation with MTV and the New York Bar.
Casablanca Café, Corso Como 14, tel. 02.6269.0186. Aperitifs, restaurant, dine and dance, in colonial atmosphere, plants, white settees. Wed, hip hop. Thursdays, “Fashion Up” evening, aperitivo and buffet 21.30.
Colony Brazil, Piazza XXIV Maggio 8, tel. 02.5810.2766, www.colonybrazil.it. The venue is popular with Brazilian ex-pats and all those interested in Brazilian music and culture.
10 Corso Como Café. Corso Como 10 (MM2 Garibaldi FS), tel. 02.2901.3581, www.10corsocomo.com. Open every day 11.00-02.00. Chic bar restaurant, in the same premises as the art and fashion bookshop, art gallery and fashion store.
C-side (previously Propaganda), Via Castelbarco 11/13, tel. 02.5831.0682. Open Wed 22.30-03.00, Fri 23.45-03.30, Sat 24.00-03.30. Large disco, popular with students.
De Sade, Via Valtellina/Via Piazzi, tel. 02.6888.898. Disco bar restaurant. Closed Mon. Fri 1970s-80s revival, Wed Caraibi, salsa and merengue, Sat commercial music.
Divina, Via Molino delle Armi 18/Via Chiusa (tram 3, 15), tel. 02.5843.1823, www.divina.biz. Open Thurs-Sun 23.00-04.00. Disco, features enormous reproductions of classical and romantic paintings (Ingres, Velasquez, Boucher, Giorgione) around the dance floor. Thurs, “Black Night”, hip hop etc. On Friday, Mia Divina teams up with Shu to offer entertainment from aperitifs to late-night dancing. Sat, Italian house music. E 10-18.
Dynamo, Piazza Greco 5, tel. 02.6704.353 (bus 43, 81), www.dynamo.it. Open Tues-Sat 18.00-02.00, Sun 11.00-03.00, Mon closed. Cocktail bar-disco. Happy hour accompanied by jazz-fusion on Wed.
Gasoline Club, Via Bonnet 11/a, tel. 02.2901.3245. Closed Thurs-Sun. Near Corso Como, a disco popular with models on Fri evening, young, informal atmosphere, gay friendly.
Gattopardo Café, Via Piero della Francesca 47 (tram 19, 33), tel. 02.3453.7699, www.ilgattopardocafe.com. Open Tues-Sun 18.00-04.00. Disco located in an ex-church, with bar in the position of the altar, dancing in the nave amongst marble columns and evocative lighting. Happy hour with buffet 20.00-22.00, then disco at around 22.30. R&B, mainstream, house music. Strict entrance selection.
G-Lounge, Via Larga 8 (MM1/3 Duomo), tel. 02.805.3042, www.glounge.it. Open Mon 7.30-21.30, Tues-Sun 7.30-02.00. Disco bar. Tues: “Crème Sonore, le dessert électronique”; Wed “Pure Lounge”, lounge music; Thurs “Gossip”, gay-friendly; Sun “New York Music Selection”.
Gimmi's Club, Via B. Cellini 2, tel. 02.5518.8069, www.gimmisclub.com. A music club with live music from 22.30 until midnight, with DJs before and after.
Hollywood, Corso Como 15, tel. 02.6598.996, www.discotecahollywood.com. Closed Mon. One of the city's most famous discos. Door selection. Tues, hip hop and R&B, E 16. Footballers and personalities on Sun. Entrance selection.
Ittolittos, Via Olgiati 25, (canal district), 02.8138.061. An unspectacular pub with live music in the basement: Tues fusion jazz jam session, Thurs-Sat pop, rock, blues, jazz, Sun trad jazz and dancing with the Ticinum jazz band. Mon closed.
Kookabar, Piazzale Libia 3 (MM3 Porta Romana, bus 62), tel. 02.5412.2507, www.kookabar.net Open every day except Mondays. The only Australian-owned and run bar in Milan, a tried and trusted haven for ex-pats. On the ground floor, a mellow bar serving Australian wines and international beers, cocktails, and light meals. Happy hour and aperitifs 6-8 pm. On the basement floor, pool tables, darts, and international sports on satellite TV. Pool tournaments organised on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
La Banque, Via Porrone 6 (MM1 Cordusio), tel. 02.8699.6565, www.labanque.it. Smart disco very close to the Cathedral, some of the nicest interiors in the city. There is also a restaurant, booking necessary.
La Cantina di Milano, Via Atto Vannucci 22 (MM3 Porta Romana), www.lacantinacompagnoni.it. Wine bar, wine by the glass, bottles and cigars on sale in the lovely barrel-vaulted cellar. Art exhibitions. Open every day 19.00-01.30.
Light, Via Maroncelli 8 (MM2 Garibaldi FS), tel. 02.6269.0631, www.lightlounge.it. A music bar and restaurant in the Corso Como area. A happy hour classic, trendy, crowded at weekends.
Living, Piazza Sempione 2 (tram 1, 29, 30), tel. 02.3310.0824, www.livingmilano.com. Open Tues-Sun 12.00-15.00, 18.00-02.00. Popular for happy hour, with over a hundred vodka-based cocktails. Chillout music.
Loolapaloosa, Corso Como/Via Di Tocqueville, tel. 02.6555.693. Closed Sun. Disco bar, for the dance crazy, girls dance on the tables.
Louisiana Bistro, Via Fiori Chiari 17 (MM2 Lanza), tel. 02.8646.5315, www.louisianabistro.it. American-owned, in the Brera district, large ex-pat following, special events for most American holidays.
Magazzini Generali, Via Pietrasanta 15 (tram 24), tel. 02.5521.1313, www.magazzinigenerali.it. Open Wed 22.30-04.00, Fri 23.00-04.00, Sat 22.00-04.00. Discotheque, mainly house music, Fri hip hop, some live events.
Mama Café Restaurant, Via Caminadella 7 (MM2 S. Ambrogio). Restaurant (Piedmont cooking), wines. Open every day except Mon, 19.30-01.00. Live music Fri, Sat, brunch on Sun. Tel. 02.8699.5682, www.mamacafe.it
Old Fashion Café, Viale Alemagna 6 MM1/2 Cadorna), tel. 02.8056.231, www.oldfashion.it. Open Tues-Sat 21.00-04.00. Disco on the ground floor of the Triennale. Wed: international students evening, free for students from abroad (eg Erasmus). Buffet, cocktail, disco 23.00-4.00. Thurs: Supalova club, house, teenagers.
Plastic, Viale Umbria 120 (MM3 Lodi), tel. 02.733.996, www.clubplastic.biz. Open Thurs-Sun 22.00-04.00. Disco, transgression, avant-garde music, one of Milan’s favourite venues. Fri and Sat, house music. Sun, gay friendly.
Pogue Mahone's, Via Salmini 1, tel. 02.5830.9726. Open 10.30-16.00, 18.00-2.00, closed Mon morning. A pub, Guiness, eggs and bacon, rugby on Saturdays, on special occasions Irish music and dancing.
Ragno d'Oro, Piazzale Medaglie d'Oro 2 (MM3 Porta Romana), tel. 02.5518.4699, www.ragnodoro.it. Lounge bar, garden, in the shadow of what is left of the Spanish walls of the city. Crowds of young people for the happy hour food.
Ragoo, Viale Monza 140 (MM1 Gorla), tel. 02.2600.5157, www.ragoo.it. Open every day 21.00-02.30. Disco bar, psychedelic décor. Thurs, electroclash, modern pop-rock.
Roialto, Via Piero della Francesca 55 (bus 74, tram 33), tel. 02.3493.6616. Open Tues-Sat 18.00-02.00, Sun 12.30-16.00, 18.00-21.00. A colonial-style bar, original 1950s furniture, popular for aperitifs and above all for Sunday brunch.
Rolling Stone, corso XXII Marzo 42 (tram 12, 27), tel. 02.733.172, www.rollingstone.it. Open Thurs 22.00-03.00, Fri 22.30-03.00, Sat 21.00-04.00, Sun 22.00-04.00). Disco and live music, mainly rock, new bands. On Fri, “Back in Black”, hip hop. Sun, Latin.
Scimmie, Via Ascanio Sforza 49 (MM2 Porta Genova FS), tel. 02.8940.2874, www.scimmie.it. A live music club, mainly jazz and blues. Performances every evening from 22.00.
Shocking Club, Bastioni di Porta Nuova 12 (in the same building as Teatro Smeraldo, MM3 Turati), tel. 02.6575.073, www.shockingclub.net. Open Tues 21.30-04.00, Thurs-Sun 23.0-04.00. Disco club popular for dancing fanatics. Tues, “Fidelio”, fashion-chic. Thurs, Gold Night, smart, Fri Supper’s, fashion-trendy, VIPs, Sat at 15.00, “Teen”, disco for teenagers, Sat from 24.00, “Fashion”, entrance selection.
Shu Via Molino delle Armi/Via della Chiusa, tel. 02.5831.5720, www.shucafe.it. Restaurant, music/disco bar (lounge-chillout). Sophisticated interiors and fusion cuisine make this a trendy venue for cocktails and dinner. Works by young artists on the walls. Tues: art events (www.visualartsnight.it); Thurs, disco dancing; Fri Mia Divina+Shu, from aperitifs to disco.
Soul to Soul, Via San Marco 33/a, tel. 02.2900.6350, closed Mon and Tues. Disco, one of the few venues offering exclusively black music, hip hop, reggae, R&B, soul. Admission with annual card.
The English Football Club, Via Valpetrosa 5 (Via Torino, MM1/3 Duomo), tel. 02.864464. Pub, giant screens with Italian and English football matches, lots of football memorabilia.
Tocqueville 13, Via Tocqueville 13, tel. 02.2900.2973. Trendy discothecque near Corso Como, open 23.00-04.00 every day. Personalities on the upper floor with restaurant-privé, disco on basement floor open to all.
Tramp Galleria, Piazza San Babila 4/c, tel. 02.782.429. Closed Mon. Disco-dinner club, Sat “Fever” is very popular, entrance selection.
Transilvania Live, Via Paravia 59 (MM1 Lotto), tel 02.4549.3538, 02.4036.299, www.transilvania.it. Open Fri-Sun 21.00-03.00. Gothic horror interiors, rock concerts (particularly heavy metal), DJ sets.
Trussardi Marino alla Scala, Piazza Scala 5 (MM1/3 Duomo), tel. 02.8068.8201, www.marinoallascala.it. Open Mon 19.30-22.30, Tues-Sat 12.30-14.15, 19.30-23.30. The ground-floor bar is popular for aperitifs, with a fine happy hour plateful. The restaurant on the floor above offers fine views on Piazza Scala.
Ventaglio Caffè, Piazza Piemonte 12, tel. 02.5832.2257. Disco bar, DJs and live music. www.ventagliocaffe.com
Not forgetting the fairer sex, something for the ladies out there:
In Milan, nearly all shops are shut on Sundays. Non-food shops are closed on Monday mornings as well: food shops are open on Monday mornings but closed on Mon afternoon. For Sunday shopping, there are the multimedia stores in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Duomo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Torino, a few fashion stores on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and, near Garibaldi station, Corso Como 10.
The range of retail outlets in Milan runs from the high fashion boutiques, to small shops, department stores, supermarkets, discount outlets, and street markets. Some parts of the city have a specific character as regards shopping. Via Montenapoleone and the adjoining streets (within the area bordered by Via della Spiga, Corso Venezia, Via Bigli and Via Manzoni) are the high fashion area. There are furniture and lighting shops in Corso Matteotti, Corso Monforte and Via Durini.
Piazza San Babila, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Duomo (including Galleria Vittorio Emanuele) and Via Dante form a continuous pedestrian precinct with many shops, mainly clothes, but also books and media.
Other important, less central shopping streets include Corso Buenos Aires (near the station), Corso XXII Marzo, and Corso Vercelli. Via Torino is strong on fashion for young people.
The Brera district, around the like-named academy and gallery, was once the reign of artists: there are still a number of private galleries in Via Brera, Via del Carmine and Via Solferino, but these streets are now great for shopping. Via Fiori Chiari, Via Madonnina and Piazza del Carmine form another attractive pedestrian precinct with small, interesting shops, and in the evening the area is kept lively by virtue of the many bars and cafés.
Corso di Porta Ticinese, particularly in the stretch between the churches of San Lorenzo and Sant'Eustorgio, has many trendy, ethnic-type shops for clothes, furniture etc., and it has also become a focal point for young nightlife. It is close to another characteristic shopping and nightlife area, the Navigli canal district (Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Via Ascanio Sforza). On the Naviglio Grande canal, on the last Sunday of each month, there is a large antiques market with stalls selling everything from postcards to furniture.
Via Paolo Sarpi is the home to Milan's Chinatown (actually just a few streets), and so here there are many shops selling their specialities, in particular leatherware.
Addition to BBB's pub guide :
I'm a long term resident in Milan. I'm not a Celtic fan but as an interista I'll be supporting you on Wednesday. I've noticed a lack of good information on the board about where to go in Milan. I've written a quick pub guide which should contain enough info to keep most people going. A pint should generally cost between 4 and 5 Euro though it can be cheaper if you drink in small, coffee bar type places. You won't find brands like Nastro Azzurro or Moretti in most bars as the Italians prefer Guinness, Harp, McEwans and Tennents. Look out for Tennents Super on Draught and try the local cocktails if you want value for money. A Long Island Iced Tea in most of these bars will cost about 5 or 6 Euro and contain six measures at least.
Matricola, Viale Romagna 43 (corner of Via Pascoli). First "Official" Irish pub in Italy. Not all that Irish these days but does decent food and a reasonable pint of Guinness. Nearest metro stop is Piola (Green line).
Pogue Mahone, Via Salmini 1. Small pub with an Irish feel (very smoky though!) Plenty of Celtic/Irish "stuff" on the walls. Extremely busy on normal nights and likely to be packed with Celtic fans. Little or no food. Nearest metro stop Porta Romana (yellow line)
Murphy's Law, Via Savona. Not a bad looking bar. Has gone downhill in recent years IMHO. Sells Murphys rather than Guinness. Nearest Metro Porta Genova (Green line)
O'Connells - Via Brera. Small pub. Not a bad pint but likely to be inside any alcohol ban area. Loud techno music late at night so not ideal perhaps. Nearest metro Montenapoleone (Yellow) or Duomo (Red). Good free buffet from 6pm til 8.
Blackfriars via ? (near foot of Via Torino). A reasonable pub but not really handy for the stadium. Excellent free buffet. Nearest metro stop is Duomo (25 mins by foot). An interesting selection of religious items in the backroom.
Binks - Ripa di Porta Ticinese 71. Another Murphy's pub, not far from the Porta Genova metro stop. It's run by a former Irish jockey who used to manage Murphy's Law.
Loolapaloosa - Corso Como 15. A quiet Irish bar during the day but a crazy disco pub later on. Look out for girls dancing on tables. Not easy to get in later on. Open til 5am Thursday to Saturday. Open til 3 other nights.
Kirribilly - Via Castelmorrone 7 (www.kirribilly.com). Nominally an Australian pub but full of football paraphernalia. Very friendly management. A wee bit out of the way. Roughly 15 mins on foot from Porta Venezia metro stop (Red line).
Bar Magenta - Via Carducci, corner of Corso Magenta. On the main tram line (no 16) out to the stadium. Almost certain to be affected by any alcohol ban. If there is no ban (there wasn't for Inter-Arsenal) then it will be absolutely mobbed and a better bet would be a wee bar round the corner from it called Ai Tre Morsi (Via Terraggio). Magenta is really nice inside but the service leaves a lot to be desired. It's one of those where you have to pay at the till then go to the bar with your receipt. Likely to be open after the match and I'll probably stop off there. (nearest metro Cadorna - green/red line). Very good panini
Akkademia - Via Ravizza - on the tram route to the stadium. Not a bad place if you're in the area. Decent free buffet from 7pm onwards. Nearest metro stop is De Angeli or Wagner (red line).
Caffe Victoria - Via Clerici - a good city centre bar selling reasonable pints and good cocktails. Open til about 3am. Definitely affected by any alcohol ban. Nearest metro stops - Duomo and Cordusio (red line)
There are many more places on the Navigli which can be accessed by heading for the Porta Genova stop then wandering.
Bear in mind that to get to the stadium, you can either get the no 16 tram from the centre of town (near the Duomo) or get the metro to Lotto (red line, Molino Dorino branch) and then the shuttle bus to the stadium. This should be considered when choosing your pre match drinking venue. Post match almost all of the places mentioned will be open until at least 2am
As for the question about drinking on the street, as far as I know it's allowed but it's pretty unusual for Italians.
Alcohol can be cheaply bought in all supermarkets though when Man Utd came here a few years back even the supermarkets had cordoned off the drinks alleys.
The main square is Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) which is at the Duomo metro stop on Red and Yellow lines.
One tip for anyone thinking of drinking inside the stadium is that the police/stewards will confiscate the tops from any plastic bottles of coke/water or whatever. They will not check what's in there though. It's perfectly possible to take in a litre and a half of vodka and coke or whatever else takes your fancy.........
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