A guide to nightlife in Sirmione

Nightlife in Sirmione follows the same ambiance you’ll experience by day – a holiday in Italy is renowned for being classy and low-key. There are no nightclubs in Sirmione, but plenty of bars, a few cocktail joints and places specialising in wine. All of the bars here will, at the very least, keep you going with nibbles, and many whip up pizzas and other delicacies. As well as doing a good line in strong coffee.

The top of the town at Bar Grotte di Catullo

Located at the top of the peninsula this bar is right beside the Roman grotte, so a good place to stop for a drink before or after sightseeing. It’s also close to Jamaica Beach, for a pit stop between sunbathing. Sit on the charming outdoor terrace with a cocktail in hand and they’ll bring you complimentary nibbles.

A piazza beer at Doc Pub

Doc Pub sits on the edge of the central Piazza Flaminia for people-watching outside beneath gorgeous foliage while sipping on Aperol Spritz or a pint of ale. Inside is ultra-contemporary, with flashes of red against the stone walls. They also do reasonably priced food if you’re feeling peckish.

Nice old surroundings at Caffe Grand Italia

One of the oldest cafes in Sirmione has kept its pretty décor and nowadays pleases with cocktails brimming with fruit and a good range of beers. If you get peckish, they have a dessert and gelato stand that’s sure to tempt.

Watch the boats at Lagoa Cafe

Away from the bustle of Sirmione, come here to relax while watching the boats by the port, with a glass of something cold in your hand. There’s chilled out background music playing, and in true Italian style lots of nibbles are offered with your drinks.

German beers in the courtyard at Bar La Piccola

The rustic back courtyard is the winner here, with tablecloth-covered barrels and high stools for tables, centred by a gnarly olive tree. There’s another terrace at the front and you’ll see by the brauhaus signs that La Piccola provides a good line in craft beers.

Lake views at Bar Of Tower

Although very close to the castle, Bar of Tower is tucked away on a side street with views across the lake to the east. They have a big wine list to choose from and modern seating on the large open patio, as you watch people paddling in the water.

In the bustling town at Bar Moderno

Smack bang in the middle of the biggest square in Sirmione once everyone’s had dinner, Bar Moderno stays open for a Negroni and a natter. It has plenty of outside tables where you can soak up the evening warmth and listen to the bustle of the town.

Master cocktail makers at Cristallo

Tucked away beneath some unassuming arches is the gelateria Cristallo. Turn the corner and you’ll find some outdoor seats where you can sit and sip prosecco or try crafted cocktails like whisky sours as you watch people go by.

Latin nights at New Wilde Fashion Bar

The green neon lights over the bar draw you in to New Wilde, but they’re the only thing brash about this place. This classy bar holds regular Latin nights where you can try out your salsa moves and sip mojitos. Head south to via Colombare to find it, outside of Sirmione itself.

Quiet drinks at Bar Congressi Di Bonturi Clarissa

Another bar across the water, but this time only just south of the castle, you’ll find a quieter atmosphere for drinks here. They have a large outdoor area overlooking the lake but you don’t pay a premium for the view here, and they often have happy hour deals. If you don’t fancy alcohol, the coffee is also fabulous.