BackDoor43

BackDoor43, Milan: Address, Phone Number, BackDoor43 Reviews: 5/5

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The area
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Neighbourhood: Navigli
The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
How to get there
  • Porta Genova • 4 min walk
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Alex
Venice, Italy3 contributions
One on one cocktail experience for aficionados
Jun 2021 • Couples
We stumbled upon this bar after grabbing cocktails at Mag Cafe next door. The self-proclaimed “smallest bar on earth” is the size of a closet—no more than 100 square feet with only 4 barstools. We made a reservation at 6 pm for the first available time slot on a Saturday which was 8:30 pm. At the bar, we enjoyed a series of custom cocktails and a variety of tastings for just about 50 €. It was one of the very best cocktail experiences of our lives. We learned so much and feel like so fortunate to have enjoyed such an intimate experience. If I could give it 7 out of 5 stars I would!
Written 4 July 2021
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Gottalovefoood
38 contributions
Unique experience along the canal
Jan 2020 • Friends
My friend and I were visiting Milan and had to check out this bar. Cosimo, our bartender was so much fun! It seems to be a sweet spot for international tourists, more than locals. Read about it in Huffington Post.
Written 27 January 2020
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Sandra P
United Kingdom130 contributions
Fantastic Experience!
Sep 2019
We visited as a family of 4 and we had a great experience with Marianna - she was brilliant and very friendly! We had several drinks mixed to perfection with care and attention, a few plates of nibbles and great conversation! This experience is what you make it and we really enjoyed it! The bar is amazing! Highly recommended!
Written 14 September 2019
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Aurora P
San Francisco, CA13 contributions
Experience is on you
Jul 2019
First of all just like trendy places around the world make sure to make a reservation. Once you are in, the experience depends on you! Our bartender made delicious drinks probably some of the best I ever had, although I can totally see how it could me stressful for the bartenders who are obligated to somehow to interact with the customers. This is a 50/50 effort to have the best experience in the smallest bar in Milan.
Written 6 August 2019
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Billy A
Varese, Italy20 contributions
Drinks like no other!
Jul 2019 • Friends
This place claims to be the world's smallest bar and honestly, I think it is. However, 4 people can sit side by side and enjoy some of the rearest most deliciously tasteful drinks ever! I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a good alcoholic drink near lots of choices for food.
Written 20 July 2019
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miqesh
Wednesbury, UK46 contributions
Carlo is a legend
May 2019 • Friends
Loved every minute of this experience, definitely recommend, cocktails were on point and the vibe was terrific 10/10!!
Written 10 May 2019
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1hampshiregirl
London, UK523 contributions
Great idea, lacked interest
Mar 2019 • Couples
Booked in advance by our concierge and confirmed a week before, yet when we arrived barman said we didn’t have a reservation. Despite this we were allowed entry. Had seen the place on TV and internet and was expecting more of an ‘experience’ rather than sitting in a small dark space with an uncomfortable silence. Had seen barman wear a mask and do magic tricks/puzzles. Disappointed. Would not return or recommend.
Written 20 March 2019
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MICHELLE
14 contributions
A trip highlight!
Feb 2019 • Couples
After a series of (unusual) WhatsApp messages, a few weeks before, we were able to reserve a 9pm slot on Monday evening. As we had only arrived in Milan that day, and were staying in a different area, we allowed ourselves (too much) time to locate the bar. We were an hour early, so we enjoyed a glass of wine at a nearby bar, before knocking on the hatch of BackDoor43 at 8:55pm. We were greeted with a narrow opening of the hatch and a brusque request for our names, before being bluntly informed we were too early and to come back in 10 minutes! A short, pleasant walk around the Naviglio Grande, whilst we discussed the customer service(!), and we were back. We were not disappointed! Put aside the "rules" of making a good first impression re: booking, arrival and a door that eerily opens with no-one to greet you - this behaviour just adds to the experience! Rest assured, that once inside, we found Matteo to be a wonderful host. His knowledge of his craft, the theatrics, and the wonderfully intimate setting makes this imbibing experience one to remember! Matteo was hospitable in answering all of our questions - the ones that he probably gets asked a half dozen or so times a day - and as the night wore on, he was a fount of knowledge about the history of Milan and the greater areas of Italy, his passion for the topic clearly on show! Thank you, Matteo - your cocktails, your skills, your conversation and the overall ambience of the bar made this a wonderfully unique experience!
Written 22 February 2019
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pambos
20 contributions
A good idea not so good service
Feb 2019 • Friends
My friends and I visited Milan last week. We had sent a message that we wanted a reservation a week prier to that. Now I know that this place is busy and we should have done it at least two weeks earlier before the travel. However it was very unprofessional of them not to respond even though they had seen the message.
We went there anyways and we ordered through the take away service. The cocktails weren't bad, but it wan't good either. However I kind of like the consept and I find it creative. If I ever go to Milan again I'd like to have a visit and get inside the bar this time
Written 12 February 2019
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Debbie
Sheffield, UK160 contributions
Favourite part of our trip - Thanks TravelMan
Nov 2018 • Friends
My friend booked our reservation at BackDoor 43 via text message after we saw it on Channel 4's TravelMan; 48 hours in Milan.
We were booked in at 7.30 for an hour and half booking. In this time we had 3 bespoke cocktails and one to takeaway.
I drink a lot of cocktails but really struggled when our bartender asked me what I liked. So used to having a menu to guide me.Both myself and my friend had cocktails made from spirits we would say we don't like and loved them.
It was magical watching him create a cocktail with all sorts of ingredients.
It is an area that we haven't ventured to before called Navigli and it was great just walking around the canal with our takeaway cocktails
Highly recommended.
Written 15 November 2018
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