Live music

live music

Bologna has a very good live music scene and there are some places you should check if you’re looking for jazz, blues, rock and much more while eating or drinking.

live music
Cantina Bentivoglio
via Mascarella 4
beginning of via Mascarella from via Belle Arti, opposite to Bravo Caffe

Here you can listen to live jazz while eating traditional cuisine and drinking good wines it’s a winery after all.

live music
Bravo Caffe
via Mascarella 1
+39 051 266112; +39 333 5973089
close to Cinema Odeon

Another famous one in the city center. Live music jazz, blues, soul, funk, etc.

live music
Take Five
via Cartolerie 15

Quite new, but it has rapidly become one of the best jazz clubs in town.


Cluricaune Irish Pub
via Zamboni 18b
051 263419
few meters from the towers

One of the most famous pubs in the city center, packed with students.

Celtic Druid Pub
via Caduti di Cefalonia 5
051 227518
off via Rizzoli, on the other side from Piazza Re Enzo/Piazza Maggiore

Nice irish pub in the city center, good selection of beers and whiskeys.

Old Bridge Pub
via Emilia Levante 27
051 490608
Mon - Thu: 19:00 - 02:00 Fri - Sat: 19:00 - 03:00 Sun: 19:00 - 02:00
Near Mazzini station

Another one of the oldest pubs in Bologna. Nice and lively atmosphere.

Bar Wolf
via Massarenti 118
051 342944

Just outside the city center. Live music. Good beers and sandwiches.


Ai Vini Scelti
via Andrea Costa 36/b
051 614 2396
Mon - Wed: 09:00 - 13:30, 16:30 - 21:30; Thu: 16:30 - 21:30; Fri - Sat: 09:00 - 13:30, 16:30 - 21:30
just outside the center from Via del Pratello

considered one of the best in Bologna, providing everything from a quick aperitivo to proper wine-tasting.

Golem - Caffè d'Arte
Piazza San Martino 3b
+39 051262620

trattoria and wine bar on Piazza San Martino, has a relaxed atmosphere and is great for people watching. Reasonable prices, excellent wines, and a small appetizer bar make it ideal for a long evening of good drink with friends or family. Also, the gnocchi with crab sauce is superb, although you might want to avoid it if you're squeamish about crab parts.

Consider visiting the many pubs and clubs of Via Zamboni university zone; some, such as "The Irish Pub", popular with students and foreigners, give happy hours on Tuesday/Wednesday. "Al Piccolo" down the road in Piazza Verdi is another famous student haunt, a live DJ playing techno into the early mornings. Otherwise, the Via Pratello has many bars and is the center of the city's alternative scene. Worth a look in particular is "Mutanye", whose owner is reputed to have been part of the Red Brigade in his youth, hence the many soviet posters. Via Mascarella, in the northeast area of the city, has plenty of nightspots, among them two jazz clubs. And finaly check out themany bars and pubs host music contests and concerts, from rock to jazz to "liscio", the traditional folk songs in Emilia-Romagna.