Rivers of beer flowed in Munich these days for an iconic and world-famous event. Oktoberfest is the popular festival for beer enthusiasts, German and non-historical alike. Unfortunately, this year there will be no Covid case, but do not despair. In Florence there has never been a lack of passion for hops and the many pubs that have always been a meeting place and sociality bear witness to this. Furthermore, in recent years these same pubs have become internationalized, becoming in some way also restaurants. Here is the phenomenon of pubs with cuisine, gastro-pubs, beer & kitchens and so on and so forth.
We tried to create a mini guide to the best beer halls with kitchen discovered in the city so as not to regret Munich too much, even if to tell the truth, as Alfeo Sassaroli says in Amici My, “you should never go to Germany” …
Read here our review on the first and only pub in Florence with a craft beer laboratory inside. Beers, fragrant pizzas and tasty burgers in the heart of San Frediano.
via Pisana 1r – 055 2207057 – from 12 to 15 and from 18 onwards, Sun closed for lunch – rionefirenze.it
here & there
Lunch at the Pub: Hops Pub & Kitchen
On viale Lavagnini a pub that for over 10 years has been quenching the city with a wide range of beers including HOPS, the trademark American Pale Ale. Every season and every month a beer in promotion. Large brick arches, ceiling with wooden beams, has recently also opened for lunch, offering first courses of fresh homemade pasta, lampredotto, tripe, salad and different desserts every day. For dinner, burgers, pancakes, chicken wings, wraps and sandwiches. The protagonist is the great football on maxi-screens scattered throughout the venue. During the week themed events.
viale S. Lavagnini 7r – 055 3841786 – lunch from Mon to Fri, dinner every evening from 6 pm – Social @hopspubfirenze – tables outdoorsor
The Big Player: Braumeister Beer & Kitchen
Historic pub in the shadow of the Parterre has recently redone its look. A new concept more contemporary pub that always sees wood as the protagonist, but enriched by design lamps, indoor plants, leather sofas and modern antiques. Four zones: the beer garden with a “green” ceiling, the upstairs lounge face to face with red brick arches and a small private area for events and special occasions. In the kitchen the mood is that of Anglo-Saxon pubs and / or mountain huts with first courses such as spatzle with gorgonzola and pears, burgers and second courses such as shank, a mix of wurstel, goulash, but also mussels with biere blanche and bourbon bbq ribs. There is no shortage of pizzas and desserts. A real Beer restaurant. With over 50 different types including plug, bottle and can.
via Madonna della Tosse 12r – 055 5000822 – open from Tue to Sun from 6pm to 1am – braumeisterfirenze.it
The Gastro Pub: Pinta di Vista
In Borgo Tegolaio a unique pub of its kind because the beers proposed here are flanked by a fusion cuisine with the best of the oriental one. A different and very international format in a place that lives in the heart of Piazza Santo Spirito. The strong point is the handmade Korean ravioli, the Bao – typical steamed oriental buns – the Pad Thai, Donburi and Rice Bowl. All to be combined with over 20 different beers between tap and bottle, but also wine, bubbles, sake and cocktails.
Borgo Tegolaio 17r – 055 288944 – from Wed to Sun 12 – 23, closed Mon and Tue – pintofview.it
Small but Good: Diorama!
A small pub in San Frediano, one of the first in the city to launch the format of the pub with cuisine and among the first to bring a typical Japanese recipe to the city. Here in fact, especially in the winter months, it is Ramen is the protagonist. Typical Japanese single dish that is now part of the culinary life of many of us. But also international breakfasts, lampredotto and burgers. In combination with house beer on tap or in bottles as well as international niche references thanks to the passion and meticulous research of the owners Irene Bigagli, Daniele Bertelli and Alessandro Marucelli.
via Pisana 78r – 055 2286682 – from Tue to Sun from 4pm to 1am – dioramafirenze.com
The Stadium Pub: La Guerrina
On the guest side of the Franchi stadium a pub that welcomes not only the residents of the neighborhood, but also the fans and fans of Fiorentina thanks to its proximity to their temple. In a small square of the Campo di Marte it is perhaps the most Irish of the pubs in Florence. Inside, dark wood and a long counter are reminiscent of the pubs across the Channel. To eat, a more secluded rear room and during the milder evenings also the large outdoor area very popular. Potatoes with bacon and cheese, chicken wings, and nachos and a wide choice of sandwiches including burger, Pulled pork, roastbeef, porchetta and chicken ideal pre and post stage obviously paired with one of the many beers.
Viale Malta 1r – 055 2398464 – every day from 6pm to 2am – Social @ la.guerrina
in the historic center
A few steps from the Medici Chapels and the San Lorenzo Market, a new look for what until yesterday was known as Brewdog, today Alibi Craft Beer & Kitchen. It does not change the soul or the proposal. Indeed Fabio Martini and staff in their good craft beer putting beer, burgers and music at the center. Here are some dishes to whet your appetite: Chicken strips marinated in Cajun spices and then fritt, pull pork served in wheat flour bun with Coleslaw in bbq sauce, cluck norris fried chicken sandwich served with spices, avocado and salad. Among the snacks hummus of chickpeas, tzatziki and focaccia and nachos.
Via Faenza 21r – 055 7095851 – Mon to Fri from 16 to 02, Sat and Sun from 12 to 2 – Social @alibicraftbeerandkitchen
Michael Collins & The Badfellas
Other historical knowledge for Florentines and the “rirnanti” American students. In front of Palazzo Vecchio a pub that focuses a lot on special events. Known over the years for concerts, musical contests and fun karaoke evenings, it unfolds between the large room below with the stage and the terrace with an enviable view of Palazzo Vecchio, with Neptune and the Loggia dei Lanzi in the background. The Italian championship is live and every Thu karaoke & sangria. From the kitchen burgers, bagels, hot dogs, chips and various snacks. Among the beers focus on Guinness and Goose Island. Different types of whiskey and scotch according to the Anglo-Saxon tradition.
Piazza della Signoria 30r – 338 849 4110 – Mon to Fri from 5pm to 2am, Sat and Sun from 4pm to 2am – social @michealcollinsfirenze
Hard Rock Cafe
Not a real pub of course, but how not to mention the Hard Rock Cafe in this guide. A stone’s throw from Piazza della Repubblica, the venue (opened on 14 June 2011) retains the soul and unique architectural features of the historic Gambrinus Cinema where it is based, while maintaining the rock’n’roll atmosphere of Hard Rock. Famous throughout the world for its merchandising, the menu with American-inspired dishes including the Legendary Burgersalongside a rich selection of Nastro Azzurro and Peroni Red and Gran Riserva draft beers and bottled Budweiser, Pilsner Urqell and Corona beers. Unmissable drinks and signature cocktails.
Via de ‘Brunelleschi 1 – Piazza della Repubblica – 055 277841 – info and reservations [email protected] – www.hardrockcafe.com/location/florence
in Santa Croce
The kingdom of this winged dragon is Piazza Salvemini where with an expanse of tables it dominates the area. The style is admittedly Steampunk, a literary vein that imagines a technological ‘800 with one author above all: Jules Verne. Craft beers and signature cocktails reign here with an autumn focus on hot drinks. From the kitchen, modern recipes and great pub classics such as burgers, pinse, chips, salads and other snacks.
Piazza Salvemini 4 – 055 3892429 – every day from 12 to 2
Tartan Jock Scottish Pub
An evergreen of the area, many have come and gone here, but few have resisted the food and wine turbocapitalism that often sees the succession of restaurants and / or new places in Santa Croce and its surroundings. “Lo Scozzese” is a certainty that has seen more than three generations at its counter among beers and whiskeys. The kitchen offers delicious burgers with fries, as well as sandwiches and hot dogs and chicken wings. The most popular beer is Guinness, but also Carlsberg, Bulldog and Slalom, Kapuziner and others come out of the tap. On the other hand, do you know a Scotsman who wouldn’t do well in Florence? Serie A, Champions and Europa League matches always live together with the other major sporting events of the year.
Corso Tintori 41r – 055 2478315 – open every day from 3pm to 2am – scottishpub.it
Two months of life for this new brewery with kitchen that has taken the place of the Oibò cocktail bar. Edoardo Peruzzi, owner, has given new life to his restaurant by offering beers and food in a colorful place with a contemporary design. The pastel colors and the blackboards scattered around the room, the long wooden counter and metal stools, darts board and plants, give a fresh and young identity. Several tables where you can enjoy delicious dishes Hamburger made with beef, pork, chorizo, vegetarian, chicken or fish. Pizza And taste complete the proposal with the latter also in the small version ideal for aperitifs.
Borgo dei Greci 1 – 055 2638611 – from Tue to Sun from 12 to 23 – s-malto.it