A guide to nightlife in Lake Maggiore

After dark Lake Maggiore lights up with pubs, bars and clubs all ready and waiting to invite locals and visitors in. The nightlife around this body of water is diverse, and whether you’re looking for a wild night out on the town or a quiet drink with a few friends, you’ll find a venue that suits your needs.

The lake itself is the centre piece of any night, with many bars sitting right on the water’s edge.

Have a drink out on the terrace at D.D. Cafe, Baveno

This sports bar has a wide selection of drinks to start off your night, from spirits, cocktails, beer and wine. It’s also an ideal spot to grab a bite to eat before making your way to the next nightlife locale.

If you’re a football fanatic and don’t want to miss a game during your Lake Maggiore holiday, D.D. Cafe plays international matches on their big screen TV. Or, if you’d rather enjoy the glorious Italian weather, sit outside on the terrace, open both day and night.

Dance the night away at Fashion 2She, Locarno

One of the most popular clubs in Lake Maggiore, Fashion 2She mixes disco, electronic, house music and the latest pop tracks to keep you on the dancefloor all night long. Live DJs play tunes while you sip drinks at the bar or bust out your best dance moves.

Fashion 2She also serves up appetisers and a variety of Italian, German and Mexican dishes if you’re feeling hungry. For a wild and fun night out on the town, Fashion 2She is your go-to club in Locarno.

Take in the views at Miralago Lounge Bar, Baveno

Set on the Baveno waterfront, this lounge bar boasts one of the best views of Lake Maggiore. You can watch the boats come and go as you drink cocktails under the setting sun with friends or that special someone.

Their bar menu is extensive too, with beers, wine and their famous mojitos as well as excellent tapas-like dishes if you’re feeling peckish. Miralago Lounge Bar’s laid-back vibe is great for holiday-goers seeking quiet nights spent watching the world pass by.

Sip cocktails at the historic Grand Hotel des lles Borromees, Stressa

There’s more than delicious drinks at this hotel bar. In fact, it’s the famous spot where Ernest Hemingway came to nurse his WWI battle scars and write his epic novel, A Farewell to Arms.

Sit out on the terrace and order a Martini or Manhattan as you take in the exquisite views. The hotel’s guests don’t stop there either, it’s also been graced by Princess Margaret and the Vanderbilts. If you want to have a drink among royalty, the Grand Hotel des lles Borromees is calling.

Enjoy calming waters at Lido Beach Club, Baveno

Right on Lake Maggiore is the lively Lido Beach Club. During the day you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, and when evening rolls around it’s time to join the crowds for a DJ-fuelled night of dancing.

Their outside terrace lights up and gives you a direct view of the water as you drink fruity cocktails and meet new friends under the stars. Its got an upbeat, modern vibe and is great for those ready to party the night away.