Are you a Negroni
lover? Negronis are a simple cocktail made of Campari, Gin, and Vermouth. For as simple as they are, we’ve had some outstanding ones and some big misses.
The worst Negroni I’ve ever had was a few years ago at a historic saloon. I should have ordered a whiskey on the rocks or a beer, but I noticed a Negroni was listed on the cocktail list. I thought, sure let’s see how this goes. Bad decision. It was made with Chambord (raspberry liqueur) instead of Campari.
The best Negronis we’ve ever had are made at home and at the best bars in the world. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.
is the birthplace of vermouth, so Caffè Torino is a must on our list. It’s one of the many historical bars of Torino
. It’s located on the Piazza San Carlo, so if it’s a nice day you can sit on the square and people watch or opt for a seat inside in the winter. They have the ultimate apertivo
bar with all kinds of snacks to go with your Negroni, plus a case full of sweets.
Caffè Torino, Piazza S. Carlo, 204, 10121 Torino, Italy
The Negroni menu at Dante in Greenwich Village is extensive and includes a Negroni on tap, a white Negroni, and a coffee Negroni, among others. There’s really something for everyone, including martinis and tinned fish for snacking at this historic New York
bar. Don’t miss the live music often on Friday afternoons.
Dante, 79-81 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
If you’re in Milan
, where Campari was born, head to the birthplace of the Sbagliato
, or the mistaken Negroni. Chat with Bar Basso owner, Maurizio. He might let you in on a few cocktail secrets. Not only do they make a mean Negroni, but don’t miss out on the sbagliato and martini. Just outside the city center, this dark wood bar with long drapes is a must in Milan.
Bar Basso, Via Plinio, 39, 20020 Milano, Italy
Find a seat at this rooftop bar in San Diego’s
Little Italy for a proper Negroni. Reminiscent of an Italian bar, it’s complete with glitz and glamour. Born and Raised’s list of classic cocktails, including their Negroni, are on point. Stay for an old-fashioned steak dinner and they might roll out the martini cart for you.
Born and Raised, 1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
This Italian apertivo bar serves Negronis along with tinned fish and octopus carpaccio. A tiny bar located in the back of a Seattle
warehouse serves a balanced Negroni along with other Italian cocktails and natural wines. The Barnacle is the perfect place for an apertivo
before dinner at The Walrus and Carpenter.
Barnacle, 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
You’ll feel like you stepped off the streets of London
and walked into Italy at Bar Termini. The waiters are all Italian, wear white jackets, and serve a list of premixed Negronis, chilled, and filled to the brim of a Nick and Nora glass
. Choose from the classico, bianco, superiore, rosato, or robusto. They also serve a list of classic Italian cocktails and coffee.
Bar Termini. 7 Old Compton St, Soho, London