Puglia is land of wine and there’s a lot to try, but some local cocktail bars are really pushing things to the very next level. It is not only about the drinks, this list also includes more simple places with good vibe and music.
Farmacia dei Contenti, Ruffano
Ruffano is really deep down south, but no matters where you are this bar deserves a dedicated trip. The newborn from the founders of the nearby, glorious restaurant Farmacia Dei Sani, thisplace has gained a reputation for the top notch cocktails and their “entropic liqueurs”, which they create in-house strictly out of natural ingredients into terracotta bowls. Fine service and good vibe
Two Milan based photographers had set their dream bar here, within a sacristy in the town of Martano. Their ultimate mission is that of pushing the boundaries of mixology in a charming atmoshere where their thrilling visual art meets their passion for good drinks
Roger 65, Galatina
The best bar in the area – and definitely one of Puglia’s-, Roger 65 is simply amazing. Most spirits here come from the adiacent in-house laboratory, a magical place where alcohol comes elevated to the state of a divinity. Truly an experience, also thanks to the nice interiors and the alfresco space in one of old-town Galatina’s romantic streets
Birreghe, San Foca
One of my very favorite bars. Since 2015 the young owners Marta and Filippo keep the otherwise boring village San Foca alive and groovy all year around. The recipe here is simple: friendly ambience, state of art drinks and quality funky music from the best local dj’s until 3 am every night. All the way by the harbor. Yo!
Hip design store in old town Gallipoli serving quality drinks in a classy environment of art and design. I like the cocktail list, which is essential but creative… assorted with an immense choice of premium spirits for cocktals of the highest quality that they are happy to customize for you
Km 0, S.ta Maria
Best sunset spot. Honestly it is not about quality drinks here, what makes the KM special is the energy, and the sunset. As the sun goes down the best local dj’s play good eclectic music for an eclectic crowd of hundreds every day. Come after the beach and enjoy the relaxing, laidback atmosphere while socializing, dancing, or just chilling by the rocks with the sun in your face. Suggestive and laidback…
Located by the beach in the town centre, sunset to after dinner Maestrale is the ultimate quality bar in Otranto. Slightly glamorous yet still casual and fun, it gives its best at sunset time. After dinner the beats go up and you can dance till late to some accessible music along with a stylish trendy crowd.
Farmacia Balboa, Tricase
Experience the authentic “piazzetta vibe” at this landmark bar co-owned by the mighty Helen Mirren: a perfect mixture of world class mixology, good design and classy vibe in Tricase’s charming main square. Meet celebrities and the local jet set here, all in a very relaxed mood.
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