Nightlife in Urbino

By Kelsey Poynor

Urbino in general is a small, quiet university town, but it doesn’t roll up the streets after dark. Quite the contrary, especially in the hot summer months when cooler temperatures bring out local residents, study abroad students and visitors to sit outside at cafes and sip wine, cocktails and specialty drinks at local bars.

Piazza della Repubblica has a great environment. Photo by Kelsey Poynor
Piazza della Repubblica has a great environment.
Photo by Kelsey Poynor

Nightlife isn’t just about eating and drinking at night, though. Several bars offer live music. The Teatro Sanzio, dating to 1853, hosts live theater and concerts, and performers occasionally even set up in front of the steps at the main cathedral to offer a free concert.

Many locals and university students can be found in the city center casually hanging out and socializing with their friends, particularly at the Piazza della Repubblica. They can be found typically sitting on the steps of buildings or standing around the fountain, waiting to rendevous with friends before hitting their favorite pubs.

The top-rated pub, according to Urbino.com, is the Bosom Pub on Via Francesco Budassi down a narrow street a few blocks from the city center (see related story on the Bosom Pub).

Dr. Craig Clifford performed live at Caffe del Sole on the study abroad trip to Urbino in 2015.
Dr. Craig Clifford performed live at Caffe del Sole on the study abroad trip to Urbino in 2015.

Bosom offers a wide variety of drinks on a menu written completely in English. Four chalk board menus list drink selections, food and some appetizers that are free to customers. Not only are the menus in English, but the bartenders also speak enough English that you can converse with them throughout the evening.

Patrons can relax on one of the couches around a table, or head to the dance floor as a DJ plays the latest hits and lights flash in different colors. And yes, the music is also in English.

Bosom also has an outside patio for those who want a breath of fresh air or need a cigarette break, which many Italians partake in. On Tuesday evenings, the club holds a karaoke night, which attracts numerous club-goers.

Along with the Bosom Pub, Urbino has several other pubs that are good places to hang out with the locals. The Art Café, with its metropolitan design, leather sofas and sleek bar, and the stylish La Dolce Vita Club at the Piazza della Repubblica both attract a young, hip crowd and offer music spun by DJs.

Caffe del Sole, named for the decorative suns on its interior walls, is the place to go for live music, from jazz to rock. The café serves beer, wine and has a full-service bar.

Caffe del Sole has live bands that play a variety of music genres.
Caffe del Sole has live bands that play a variety of music genres.

The Art Café, 18 Via Valeria, +39 380-546-9312.

Bosom Pub, 21 Via Budassi, +39 0722 4783.

Caffe del Sole, 34 Via Mazzini Giuseppe; +39 0722 2619; see its Facebook page for information about performances.

La Dolce Vita, 16 Piazza della Republica, +39 0732 320711.

Teatro Sanzio, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi. For performance information, visit
http://www.teatro.it/rubriche/eventi-marche/stagione_2015_16_del_teatro_sanzio_di_urbino_44679

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