Siena is not the craziest destination you might want to pick if your idea of night leisure is set on partying until down in clubs and dancing venues. The Sienese atmosphere is more gentle, more laid-back, suggesting leisure opportunities which range from seasonal events (such as the celebrated Palio) and all-season occasions.
The Sienese usually like to meet and socialize with friends. After-dinner walks are a favorite, as well as open air live performances organized in public venues around the city. Bar hopping is an excellent alternative, giving you the opportunity to spend time with friends or make new ones, as well as to discover the nightly drinking treats locals so often resort to in order to brighten their spirits.
The dancing scene offers several opportunities. If in dire need of something more active and challenging than a mere live concert or a walk, you can try one of the following: Barone Rosso, Il Cambio, Sabroso Disco or il Bombo (in the neighboring Localita San Giusto).
This is a favorite of the young who like to drink beer, listen to the occasional live concerts, talk, dance and, when it comes to that point, grab a quick snack to keep on drinking and having fun. The venue enjoys a central location, which is why it is a top choice if you want to go out dancing in Siena.
Most drinking venues are open until after midnight (2am as a rule), and the range of options is quite diverse. Caffe del Corso, Caffe 115, Bar Porrione come highly recommended, the latter in particular to young budget travelers, since the venue caters for the night leisure needs of the local student population with prices to match their possibilities.
This is not an eating venue, so don’t be surprised to see the food menu only comes down to snacks you can order to recharge batteries. Cocktails and beers, on the other hand, are a different offering altogether. If in the mood, you can also dance at the top floor of the caffe.
The Sienese hold wine in great respect, just like all their neighbors in Tuscany, so you can rightfully expect to find here at least one topnotch wine bar. Enoteca Italiana and Enoteca I Terzi might be what you look for. Mind the limited opening hours.
Located in a time-honored edifice, vaults dating back to the mid-16th century (inside Fortezza Medicea), built by order of Cosimo de’ Medici, Enoteca Italiana is not just a oenologist’s dream come true, with thousands of choices to sample, but also a dainty feeder’s fantasy. A wine shop caters for tourists who just want to buy (it has recently opened an online shopping platform), and guided visits and sampling sessions are also made available.
This is also a restaurant, but its strong suit remains the wine list. Reservations are highly recommended, and you can also enjoy the historical air of the place: the venue has been set up in a 12th century tower. Guided samplings are organized for groups, and reservations are necessary.