If you’re new in town and don’t know what bars are the “must visits” of this city, then here is a list of some of my favourites according to what I think is their strong suit. Enjoy!
→ Via S.Francesco Da Paola. Via Giolitti
This may be my favourite brewery in Turin. I don’t consider myself to be a massive beer fan, but due to their wide variety of craft beers, there is something here for everyone. And if a beer doesn’t tempt you, you need to go for the food as it’s so delicious! It’s located smack-bang in the middle of a square and resembles a greenhouse due to its shape and the fact it’s almost entirely made out of glass. From the glass windows, you can also see lots of beer barrels to indicate what they’re selling.
Birrificio delle Officine Ferroviarie
→ Corso Germano Sommeiller, 12
This brewery is located in downtown Turin and is above the train tracks that run through the city (don’t worry mum, its safe). This place gives off nice pub vibes, with lots of seating, neon signs, and a selection of craft beers. This brewery also has a good selection of food so that you can sit and watch the big Juventus games whilst chomping down on some burgers and fries.
→ Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 35
Ahh Zelli! During my first few months in Italy, I definitly spent way too much time and money in this place. The wine here is the perfect accompaniment to their apericena, which is essentially an all-you-can-eat buffet. However, if you decide to get a cocktail with your apericena, proceed with caution as they’re really strong (I’m talking ¾ just alcohol).
→ Via Sant’Agostino, 17
For my final evening in Turin, I really wanted to go to an apericena place that I had never been to before. I went to this one and was so sad that I hadn’t discovered it sooner as the food they were serving were all my favourite foods (hello carbs). The wine list here is also extensive so you can find the perfect match for your meal.
→ Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, 19
I only ever went here once towards the end of my time in Turin, but even just that one time is enough to make it on the blog. This place has record covers as menus and tables that have a sort of coloured liquid inside making it fun to play around with. But I mean the reason they’re noteworthy is due to their delicious cocktails. I had a peachy/vodkary one which was absolutely divine, and it was also during happy hour, and who doesn’t love 2-4-1 cocktails?
→ Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo, Corso Inghilterra, 3
This is the only sky bars in Turin. In fact, it’s actually one of the very few skyscrapers in the city. This place is nice if you’re looking for something a little fancier. This bar has taken the classic cocktail list and put their own spin on them, giving every cocktail a story.
→ Via G. Mazzini, 2
The infamous JJs! A clear favourite among Erasmus people from the first semester, mainly because of its 2 beers for 5 euros. The food is a bit meh but the shots that come formed as the Italian flag is definitely a thing to try.
→ Via Belfiore, 10/D
This was definitely a second-semester favourite. On more than one occasion it was possible to get free drinks but even when you did end up paying for drinks, they’d still be cheap. Additionally, in this bar, they have huge fishbowls with any kind of cocktail you want inside, accompanied with marshmallows that will remind you of your childhood.
That’s it folks, hope you enjoyed reading a few of my recommendations if ever you find yourself galavanting around Turin.