Where to party in Cortina

All the places where to have fun in Cortina d'Ampezzo. From a drink in an unpretentious bar, to an aperitif in the most fashionable places, without forgetting mountain lodges and après ski, both in summer and winter.

Introduction

Cortina d'Ampezzo is not only skiing and sports, it's also fun, cocktails in the afternoon and parties till late night. The nightlife, especially during the peak season, is one of the most VIP in Italy.

Evening of celebration at the Cortina Suite

In this page we'll explain everything about the dynamics of the entertainment in Cortina. Whether you are looking for the most exclusive, expensive and trendy clubs, or you just want to drink a few beers or a glass of wine in a quiet place without spending too much, this is the page for you..

... Everything you need to know about having fun and partying in Cortina...

We can assure you that we are quite experienced on the subject. We have been going out partying in the various bars and discos in Cortina for several years now, sometimes well into the wee hours of the night. We may not be great experts on sports and luxury, but on this subject we have quite a lot to say.

A glass of Gin Tonic in Cortina d'Ampezzo

The article turned out to be a bit long, so let's start by briefly summarizing the topics we are going to cover, so that you can jump directly to the part you're interested in, by clicking on it, in case you don't want to read it all.

In this article we'll also try to describe the price ranges of the places that we are recommending, but consider that the final price depends mainly on what you order.

... We want to tell you about the clubs for each different price range...

Most of the places we'll talk about are easily reachable simply walking down Corso Italia, the pedestrian area in the center of Cortina.

Tourists crowd Corso Italia in Cortina d'Ampezzo in winter

If you' like to read our article on buildings and things to see in the center of Cortina, you can click below:

What to see in Corso Italia in Cortina
What to see in Corso Italia All the buildings and points of interest in the pedestrian area of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Reading time: 17 min

Some bars or clubs could be missing, but only for a trivial oversight, we have no sponsorship and all the advice that you will see on this website are written on a non-profit basis. If you feel you have any suggestion, correction, or you see any omission, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Low and peak seasons

Let's see one last introductory topic that is very dear to us: the seasonality of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Many probably don't know that Cortina changes a lot according to the different periods of the year.

The movida of Cortina in high season

The kind of tourists, the crowdedness and the air you breathe during Christmas time is not even remotely similar to what you may find if, for example, you come in autumn.

... Cortina changes a lot according to the different months of the year...

Cortina is a rather small mountain town. Many houses are owned by vacationers, and remain closed for most of the year. In the low season there are relatively few residents, so the night clubs prefer to stay closed.

The relaxing calm of the off-season of Cortina d'Ampezzo

You should not worry though, most of the bars remain open for many months and some offer music till late hours, during all the year.

Anyway keep in mind that, during most of the months, the atmosphere is more that of a quiet mountain town, rather than that of a super crowded tourist spot.

If you want to learn more about this topic, we invite you to read the page we have written about the seasonality of Cortina during the different months of the year. You can click it below:

Tourists flow in the different seasons
Cortina's seasonality Let's discover the tourist influx to Cortina. A detailed analysis of every month of the year. Reading time: 12 min

Drink something in an unpretentious bar

Going on vacation means first of all relaxing, then having fun. After a nice day outdoors, or if the weather is not the best, going to a "not too elegant" bar to sip a beer and chat a bit, without having to dress up, is always a great idea.

A good mug of beer, typical drink of the territories north of Cortina

So, in this chapter, we want to focus on the bars that are a bit "more rustic" in Cortina, which are also the places that you can find open all year round.

... Water makes you sick, wine makes you sing...

Cortina is a mountain village, and we, as mountain people, like to say that "the water makes you sick, the wine makes you sing". If you want to drink something in a cheerful and informal place, with reasonable prices, frequented also by residents who want to have fun or relax, you should choose one of the following places:

If you want to experience the less tourist spirit of Cortina, we want to introduce you to three other bars that are very central, but frequented mainly by locals. These places should be considered by those who are looking for a bit of tranquility, even during the busiest periods.

There are many other bars in Cortina, all very welcoming, such as the Bar Dolomiti , the Bar "Becalen" , the Bar "Arnika" or, among those a little less central, the Bar Toto and the hotel Fiames .

The reason why we haven't deepened these last names is because, even if they also are cozy environments, they are not directly associated with party and revelry.

The Bar Sport in Corso Italia

Many of the places we have written about also offer the possibility of eating something but, if you are interested in the best places to eat, you should read our in-depth article that you can find below:

Where to eat well in Cortina
Eat well in Cortina The best places to eat in the town, whatever the budget, from pizza to star-studded. Reading time: 10 min
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A glass of wine

In the previous chapter we focused on the most "rustic" bars, but in this part we'll talk about the wine bars that are a bit more elegant.

Proseccos at the bar counter waiting to be served

Of course, we are not talking about places where you need to use formal dress, even here you can go dressed as you wish. Let's say that, in the evening, you'll probably see most people wearing an elegant sweater or a classy shirt, but do not feel constrained.

Especially when the sun is shining in the sky, even the most stylish people often wear sporty outfits, according to the season.

... in this part we'll talk about the wine bars that are a bit more elegant...

In this type of environment there is certainly a good chance of finding a more adult clientele. The maximum affluence is concentrated on the hours before dinner, or shortly after. In italian the drink before dinner is really felt and is called Aperitivo.

Consider that these places are suggested only for those who love a little crowd and higher volume music. With the sun high in the sky, generally, these bars are much quieter and less crowded.

All of these places are reasonably priced, proportionate however to a high profile tourist location.

You should always consider that Cortina, in peak season, is generally very busy. If you want to drink something before dinner it will be difficult to find one of these places half empty. For those looking for more peace and quiet, we suggest to anticipate the time of the aperitif between the 5 PM and the 6:30 PM and maybe have dinner a little earlier than anybody else.

The Suite in high season

In any case, don't worry, all the places proposed are relatively close to each other, so in 10 minutes you'll be able to check almost all of them, to see where there might be more or less people, depending on what you are looking for.

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VIP Aperitif

For those who are looking for a more exclusive place, where to have a "VIP" aperitif, all the places listed before are a little bit too accessible and crowded.

Bartender pours a cocktail into the glass

The real exclusivity in Cortina are the hotel bars, mainly those in the center. If you want an absolutely prestigious aperitif, probably the best place is the bar of the Hotel "de la Poste" . Alternatively, it is also possible to head to the bar at the Hotel Cortina , whose terrace overlooks the bell tower. Another prestigious terrace on the Corso is that of the Hotel Ancora , where you can enjoy an enviable panorama. Right now it is under renovation, but when it reopens it will surely be wonderful.

... The real exclusivity in Cortina are the hotel bars...

There are many other hotels in the Ampezzo valley that offer the possibility to drink something, even without being a guest. These are generally cozy and relaxing places, but they are not directly associated with having fun in Cortina, so they'll not be discussed in this page. For completeness of information, however, we want to mention the most exclusive place to hang out in Cortina: the Cristallo Lounge Bar , inside the iconic Cristallo Hotel, where luxury reaches levels of excellence. Actually this hotel is closed for renovation.

Aperitif at Baita Fraina wine bar

In addition to trendy clubs and bars, Cortina is also famous for the villas owned by wealthy entrepreneurs, celebrities or heirs. In these prestigious mansions the most prominent personalities of the national and international scene attend private parties, inaccessible to ordinary people.

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Nightlife in Cortina

Almost all the bars listed above, especially during the peak season, are open till late. In some bars the atmosphere remains more relaxed even as darkness falls, in others the ambience becomes more party-like, with music being turned up and people starting to dance. Let's look at them in detail.

An evening at Suite in Cortina
Interior of the local Janbo without people, photo downloaded from Facebook

So far we have talked about bars, but there are also real clubs and discos in Cortina. They are generally open only when the season is very high, and the prices are not exactly popular.

Before concluding this section about Cortina's nightlife, we would like to give you a purely practical tip. In touristy places like Cortina, outside of bars, sometimes it is possible to run into a few hotheads who might get on your nerves. It often happens because of their lack of ability to handle alcohol or other stimulants.

Interior of the local Janbo without people, photo downloaded from Facebook

Cortina is a safe and quiet town, you don't have to be afraid neither at night nor during the day, but a few small brawls could happen. We recommend you to ignore certain guys and not to waste time arguing with them, so as to avoid ruining your day just because you've given attention to someone who is showing off, or who says something stupid. After all, everything's easier if we try to ignore the idiots, rather than indulge them.

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Mountain lodges and Après Ski

For those who have never been to Cortina, alpine huts could be imagined as uncomfortable and spartan shelters, where the manager serves polenta and sausages in a dark dining room. Even if a few places would almost fit this description, most of the alpine lodges in Cortina are actually both luxury restaurants at high altitude and places of party and fun, with trendy menus and solarium terrace. Mountain lodges are the ideal place to relax or drink something surrounded by nature.

Spring fest at Rifugio Scoiattoli

In summer you can reach them walking, and then stay under the sun until late hours, thanks to the long days. Some mountain lodges can also be reached by jeep service, if you don't want to walk, you can ask if it's available.

In winter they can be chosen as a destination while you are skiing, on the ski slopes or while you are mountain skiing. In some cases there is a ski-Doo service. Some mountain lodges organize the Après Ski, an afternoon party set up right on the ski slopes, with music, DJs and parties. For a different evening, you might consider a dinner at the mountain lodge, then sledding down to the valley.

Cinque torri live music

Just remember to not exaggerate with the drinks, because you have to get back to the valley. We, as mountain people, know one thing, it's not scientifically proven, but the experience teaches us that it works: descending rapidly in altitude, after having had a few drinks, is challenging. Lowering in altitude, makes drunkenness rise.

In Cortina, during summertime, there are some events that attract sportsmen and fans from all over the world. Considering the large number of visitors, these events have become occasions to meet, which are now part of the heart of the Ampezzo summer:

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Typical drinks

After all this talk about fun and hangout, one question might come up: what do people typically drink in Cortina d'Ampezzo? The answer to this question comes from Cortina's geographical position.To the north we can find Austria and Germany, homelands of the Lager Beer and Weissbier that, in the mountains, are both very appreciated.

The Aperol Spritz, Veneto aperitif par excellence

To the south there are the territories of Prosecco, a white sparkling wine, and all the other exceptional vineyards of Veneto. I honestly think that in our region there are some of the best wines ever, in fact they are worldwide appreciated. The neighboring Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige also produce very respectable wines too.

... the Aperol spritz is the aperitif par excellence in Veneto...

Now let's see which are the drinks that, more than any other, are typical of our territory.

Always remember to drink responsibly: if you've had a little too much fun, call a Taxi. The country is small, the curves are tight, the roads are narrow, and the patrols know where to lurk....

A glass of Prosecco, strictly Venetian like Cortina

As you may have guessed, there are some places where to have fun in Cortina, but you shouldn't expect the nightlife of the metropolis or of the "fun factories" found by the sea. If you are not so young, or you simply don't want to be in the middle of the confusion, remember that it's possible to spend a fun evening also at the restaurant. A dinner with one or more friends at a table, maybe drinking a good bottle of wine, is perhaps one of the most pleasant activities that exist.

Conclusion

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