Going out in Milano

Where does one go out? Well, it depends what you’re after…

Magazzini Generali is one of the largest and most popular clubs in Milan at the moment, it’s an old storage facility. On Wednesday’s nights its free, while Friday’s are very popular, Milan resident Lele Sacchi will probably be playing in front of a huge LED, the light show does not disappoint.

Nul is the so-called best kept secret, if you know, you know. These parties vary throughout the year from art installations, to open air parties, warehouses… sign up here for the low down and hope you’ll be accepted onto the guestlist! Music varies from techno to electronic.

Tropical Nul

TOM. The Ordinary Market was my favourite place, if you sign up to the guestlist on Facebook beforehand, then the entry is free. They have nights on most evenings, one week I definitely frequented the club a few too many times. During fashion week and design week they host some great international djs. Stock @ TOM is probably the most popular night, while Telescope also play good electronic music.

Old fashion is where you will find the international and erasmus students, during the summer the parties are open air, which is great as you really don’t want to be in a sweaty club in the height of summer.

Tunnel – located near Milano Central (in a tunnel). Voyage at Tunnel held some huge nights, including Âme, Joy O, Boddika

AME at Tunnel


DUDE – a dark and dingy club boasting internationally recognised names, such as Bicep, Ben UFO and Harvey Sutherland to name a few… thus bringing together a crowd of music lovers. Although it is quite far out of Milano centre, it’s worth it. Check out Privat in particular, they’ve held some impressive nights. Techno nights – Funk you.

Rollover – the house and disco specialists, they are extremely popular and sometimes the bouncers can be quite picky so make sure you get down early and look fab, especially as the photos are usually posted on POSERMAG.


Plastic is very popular for the glamorous Milanese as well as the gay crowd, many of which attend ‘Punks wear Prada’ nights run by Natasha Slater. Discosafari is a monthly night that is very popular for deep house.

The Rocket, on Naviglio Grande has a chic interior and Club Haus 80’s near Porta Garibaldi both specialise in disco and electronic. Stardust is Haus 80’s most popular night, on Saturday’s.

Armani & Just Cavalli are exactly what they say on the label! While Il Gattopardo is also a very chic party held in a church, don’t turn up underdressed. It’s open from Tuesday’s to Sunday’s – Tuesday is supposed to be the night to go.


Take It Easy – follow them on Facebook for their event updates, usually held in BLOCK (near Garibaldi), they’ve hosted some of the biggest names of the moment, like Detroit Swindle and Midland.

Social Music City throw huge events in large industrial spaces, past line-ups include Richard Villalobos, Fatboy Slim, Nina Kraviz… the list goes on, no need to visit Ibiza when they bring all the biggest names to you!

Photo by Plame (https://www.facebook.com/ftphlame/)

During fashion week & design week, follow elitamilano for all the hot events around the city. They also hold Elita Festival. Obviously during Design Week ‘Fuorisalone‘, you should actually go and visit some of the exhibitions, it is usually held in April.

Other promoters you should follow are… Le CannibaleReSeT!Intellighenzia Electronica  and PINK is PUNK. If you search events on Resident Advisor, it’ll show you all your options for each week!

Circolo Magnolia is east of Milan and one of the biggest music venues, look out for Magnolia Estate & Magnolia Parade – held in September, a huge outdoor music festival. Fabrique is another large music venue on the outskirts of Milan, with the likes of Tale of Us & Bonobo.

Keep an eye out for Bitte, which will hopefully be re-appearing soon after battles with the police as it didn’t host enough day time events, the parties here were said to be second to none in the city.

And finally, the best record shops in the city are Serendeepity and Whimpy Music.


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