by Dean Speer
Despite him having a cool ass last name, Dean also had some great Florentine information to pass on to you. This is his opinion, but, you know what, I agree with him that these are the awesome places to enjoy a sweet meal in Florence.
This is a list I have complied for you consumption and to use at your free will about places to go and see while you are enjoying your time in Florence if you have any further questions let me know via Facebook (Dean Speer), Telephone which is 3420846935 and my E-mail is [email protected]. If you would like to meet in person, come down to Astor on a Monday and you get yourself a free coffee during the process.
The Club House is a chilled out bar with a real cool vibe, the bartenders there know there stuff so you can ask them for any kind of cocktail and they will be able to shake one up for you and they also have a selection of premium lagers for all you beer fans. Club house also has fantastic chefs which cook some spectacular food so this is also the perfect place to Wine and Dine in style for a reasonable price.
The Lions Fountain:
The infamous Lions Den, this place should require no introduction but just in case you haven’t heard about it I will fill you in. The Lions Fountain is your quintessential Irish pub, you can get a decent pint of Harp or Guinness, watch some sports which include; American Football, Football/Soccer, Cycling, Rugby, Tennis and Ice Hockey. This is also a great place to make your mark on Florence with the chance to hang up your respective university T-shirt and sign it. The Lions fountain has all the ingredients for a fun filled night out.
The first stop of the famous Bell Tower Pub Crawl which meets at the Duomo steps at 9PM (Monday through till Saturday). Also a great place to grab an espresso and a quick bite to eat while sight seeing around Florence, this is also a meeting point for the Bus2alps staff so if you cannot contact any of us at some point we will be there Monday-Thursday 10am-11am. Every Monday you are entitled to one free coffee here so put one foot in front of the other and come on down.
The Old Stove is a neat little Irish pub filled with a cosy feel to it, pop on in and grab yourself a beer and kick back and relax. There are 3 Old stove pubs in Florence so make sure to hit them all up at some point and find your favorite one.
The Lions Fountain Part 2. This place is to me the Lions Fountains baby sister, they share the same staff and are run by the same people so if one place is to loud and busy you can always go to the other and vice versa.
Take a trip to Red Garter if you like friendly staff, live music with the chance to do some karaoke, decent drinks and awesome food to boot! This is another stop on the Bell Tower pub crawl and is situated on a street with numerous other bars so it’s a definite must see at some point.
Places to eat –
I generally tend to wander around and if some where is busy with local people and they are not talking as they are too busy eating it’s generally a good sign although I do have my regular haunts which I will list for you now.
As I said in the bars list this place has some brilliant chefs who can cook up some Tuscan style food accompanied by a fine wine or if you are after a cheeseburger they can whip you one up. These guys also do wine tasting so make sure you visit this place.
Il Gatto & La Volpe:
If you are after traditional Italian food in a relaxed friendly environment then head on down to Il Gatto & La Volpe, Bus2Alps also runs a “Family Style Dinner” where you get to hang out with a huge group of like minded people, eat some of the best pasta Florence has to offer along with their renowned homemade balsamic vinegar.
If you guys are missing American style food then this is the place for you, if you are after blueberry pancakes, French fries, cheese burgers and a plethora of other nostalgia inducing food this is the where you need to be. The Diner is a stones throw away from Il Gatto & La Volpe so if you know where one is and not the other you are in luck.
This is one quirky little place just outside of the center where you feel like you’re sitting in some ones house. You pick your food out from a selection written up on a chalk board, take it over to chefs and they cook it up for you. While the chefs are preparing your food you can sit back and relax with a wine while taking in the chilled out atmosphere. It’s all self-service here so do not expect to be waited on hand and foot. Just go with the flow and you will be fine.
The Oil Shoppe:
The award winning Oil Shoppe, this place doesn’t need my words to get you there as the National Geographic has had articles about this place. If you do not go there you better have a good excuse, these guys do the best sandwiches around with more fillings than you can shake a very big stick at.