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With the arrival of summer, the days are getting longer and what could be nicer than meeting some friends and sharing an aperitif as the sun goes down? Easy: doing it on the Amalfi Coast! Come and discover with us the most beautiful bars to spend the so-called Happy Hour!

by Roberta Cascone

Having an aperitif in the company of others is by now a deeply-rooted habit in Italian daily life and is also one of the aspects that most fascinate foreign tourists, especially the Americans. As in the case of the “Italian Passeggiata”, which I told you about in this article, the tradition of the “aperitivo” also amazes overseas tourists. What surprises them the most is the Italian custom of carving out some time to spend it in total relaxation with family and friends over a good drink and some snacks, before dinner, during what Anglo-Saxons call the "Happy Hour."
Precisely for this reason, those who want to have an authentic experience and really enjoy their Italian vacation cannot do without the aperitivo moment! 
Of course, even on the Amalfi Coast you are spoiled for choice: bars with breathtaking panoramic terraces, others carved into the rock, others directly by the sea or among the alleys of the villages... here are some really special ones!

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A cocktail on the Amalfi Coast. Credits:

Voce 'e Notte Grill and Sunset Bar in Praiano

Happy Hour at Voce 'e Notte is a real ritual taken care of down to the last detail! The venue belongs to the Hotel “Le Fioriere” and has one of the most spectacular panoramic terraces on the Coast, from which on clear evenings you can even see Punta Campanella and the Faraglioni of Capri. It is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy an aperitif at sunset in front of a breathtaking view.

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The terrace at Voce 'e Notte. Credits:

Franco's Bar in Positano

If you are a lover of classic bars where you can find all kinds of cocktails and spirits, Franco's Bar in Positano is the place to go! Indeed, its philosophy is to be a contemporary bar that nevertheless retains an old school dedication to drinks. Moreover, it overlooks the sea and the vertical houses of Positano. The ideal place for a quality aperitif in the most exclusive location on the Coast!

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Cocktails and view from Franco's Bar. Credits:

Il Pirata in Praiano

Il Pirata is a super atmospheric venue carved out of the rock and directly overlooking the sea of Praiano. Precisely because it is located in a natural cavern, it is a cool and intimate place. The Lounge Bar is the perfect hangout for those seeking calm and tranquility and especially for those who want an aperitif in an unusual place on the Amalfi Coast!

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Inside Il Pirata. Credits:

Limoneto Bar in Vietri sul Mare

In addition to the exclusive Beach Club and the restaurant run by chef Michele De Blasio, at Giardini del Fuenti you will find a truly spectacular bar: it is called Limoneto Bar, since the scent of the lemon groves around there pervades the air. The terrace of the bar is large, full of greenery and overlooks the sea: it is a glamorous and relaxing place, and here too you can enjoy your cocktail while admiring the infinite beauty of the view. 

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Limoneto Bar. Credits:

Bar Caruso in Ravello

If you are looking for an unforgettable place for your aperitif then stop here: inside the very luxurious Hotel Belmond Caruso in Ravello is Bar Caruso where, surrounded by magnificent 18th century frescoes and breathtaking views, you can enjoy innovative and fine cocktails and drinks. Having an aperitif here is truly a unique experience: the atmosphere is magical and from 7 pm to midnight you will also find live music

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The Bar Caruso. Credits: Hotel Belmond Caruso's IG

Orizzonte Cocktail Bar e Bistrot in Ravello

Hotel Marmorata was born in an old paper mill that produced Amalfi paper. Today it is a 4-star hotel overlooking the sea of the Amalfi Coast. The Orizzonte Cocktail Bar and Bistrot belongs to this very hotel: here you will be able to enjoy your aperitif lulled by the sound of the waves of the sea.

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Aperitif at the Orizzonte Cocktail Bar. Credits:

Fly Lounge Bar in Positano

On the rooftop of the world-famous Music on the Rocks nightclub in Positano is one of the best lounge bars on the Coast. The Fly Lounge Bar overlooks Positano's Marina Grande beach and has a panoramic terrace that becomes even more impressive at sunset because from here you can admire all the village houses lit up. It is simply fantastic: enjoy the atmosphere!

So, what are you waiting for? Take a cue from my suggestions and choose the aperitif that's right for you: you absolutely cannot miss this experience during your vacation on the Amalfi Coast!

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The view from the Fly Lounge Bar. Credits:

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  • Summer time is the most popular time on the Amalfi Coast, so if you are in a group, I always recommend contacting venues to check availability!
  • Voce 'e Notte Grill and Sunset Bar can be contacted at this link
  • Franco's Bar in Positano does not accept reservations. If you don't want to waste time waiting in line to get in, I recommend going before 7 p.m. Either way, even the wait will be worth it!
  • To book your aperitivo at the Limoneto Bar at the Giardini del Fuenti click here.
  • The luxury of Bar Caruso awaits you at this link
  • The Orizzonte Cocktail Bar e Bistrot accepts reservations. Click here to learn more. 

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