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An Old World Staple In Milano - Drinking Nostalgia At Bar Basso

founder of Bar Basso in Milano, vintage photo
Mirko Stocchetto, the inventor of the Negroni Spagliato:

Welcome, discerning travelers, to the heart of Milano, a city that seamlessly marries old world grandeur with cutting-edge style. Nestled within this cultural epicenter lies a hidden gem, revered by locals and frequented by the those "in-the-know": the legendary Bar Basso. Step into a realm of timeless elegance, where every sip is a moment of indulgence, and every encounter is a celebration of Italian savoir-faire. Join us on a captivating journey through this legendary establishment, where luxury meets tradition in perfect harmony.

View of exterior of Bar Basso at night, neon lights
Matteo Cariddi (@instheograms)

A Glimpse of History:

To truly understand the allure of Bar Basso, one must grasp its remarkable history. Since opening its doors in 1947, this establishment has been an intimate witness to Milan's captivating evolution. Its elegant ambiance has attracted an impressive array of artists, designers, and bon vivants, drawn to its seductive charm. Once just a humble neighborhood bar, it has now ascended to legendary status, synonymous with Milan's cultural tapestry, while still retaining it's approachable, neighborhood feel.

As you step inside Bar Basso, you simultaneously feel like you are stepping back in time and that you are home. The iconic crimson leather banquettes beckon, their plush embrace providing the perfect setting for chit-chat or romantic conversation. The dimly lit space is adorned with an eclectic mix of vintage design elements, where Art Deco meets mid-century modern, exuding an understated opulence that captures the imagination. A sense of timelessness pervades every corner, transporting you to an era when elegance reigned supreme. Lovers and smokers spill out into the dark street, clutching their cocktails as they continue their conversations. There is a buzz in the air.

bartender making the negroni spagliato at bar basso, vintage photo

The Legendary Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato, a delightful twist on the classic Negroni, holds an esteemed place in Bar Basso's rich history. Created by the bar's visionary founder, the late Mirko Stocchetto, this renowned libation, as big as your head, has gained a cult following in the city. An intoxicating symphony of Campari, vermouth, and prosecco makes this iconic cocktail an easy drinker to start the night, expertly crafted by the skilled bartenders who have inherited Stocchetto's legacy. This famous drink has been served to the likes of Earnest Hemingway amongst other notable characters over the years.

But Bar Basso's allure extends far beyond its exquisite libations. It has earned its reputation as a meeting point for the city's creative luminaries, who flock here to exchange ideas and soak in the ambiance of artistic inspiration. Architects, fashion designers, and artists alike find solace in Bar Basso's timeless aura, allowing their creative juices to flow freely amidst an atmosphere of after-dark freedom.

In the true Milanese spirit, Bar Basso pays homage to the revered tradition of aperitivo. As evening descends, the bar comes alive, captivating patrons with an impressive array of delectable bites that perfectly complement the curated cocktail menu. From delicate bruschetta to tantalizing truffle-infused delicacies, the culinary offerings here are an exquisite journey for the palate, elevating the aperitivo experience to unparalleled heights.

Vintage photo of interior of Bar Basso, Milano

Bar Basso is a testament to the city of Milano, and a reflection of it's identity. Luxury, class, but with an approachability and down to earth nature that is inclusive of every walk of life. We recommend you stop in here during a night out in Italy's northern metropolis. Perhaps to have a negroni spagliato in Mirko's honor, or even just to do some people watching and take in the local flare that spills out onto the street until the early morning hours.

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Vintage exterior photo of Bar Basso with sports car

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