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“Amazing ambience and cocktails”
Review of Vanilla Club

Vanilla Club
Ranked #709 of 2,926 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$14
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Neighbourhood: Uffizi
Description: . It was during the prohibition era in the United States that the Speakeasy bar was born. These bars were a hidden venue at secret locations and were renowned for their unique cocktails and illegal spirits. The bars were unmarked by illuminated lights or able to be seen through large windows so patrons only learnt of their location by word of mouth and were only admitted inside with a secret password. Like a popular bars today the prohibition era attracted a happy noisy crowd after enjoyng a few drinks, but back then it had the risk of attracting the police, so bartenders in an attempt to quiet the crowd would say " Speak Easy Boys!" hence the term "Speakeasy". The Vanilla Club today is reminiscent of those hidden and secret bars of days gone by, a venue furnished in style hidden from the world above. With a hint of aromatic vanilla in the air and soft subdued lighting why not try our real secret, a showcase of classic cocktails perfectly crafted to the original recipe.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Although we stopped by this "speakeasy" on a Thursday as it was our last night in Florence and we were the only ones there, the owner, Mariele, definitely made the best of our night. What began as stopping by based off a friends recommendation turned into almost 2 1/2 hours of conversing about everything from politics to Mariele's vision of his establishment and its future. To begin, the decor of the place is like no other and Mariele has a story for every piece of furniture. He has a unique mindset that you can tell drove him to create what this place currently is and what it will most definitely become. The place has shows starting Fridays, but unfortunately we were unable to experience them. He also described the secret room (with not one but TWO passwords) which opens once a month and how he created it in a way that it differentiates itself from other speakeasies around the world. I was told it even has authentic furniture and news clippings from the 20s!

Then came the cocktails, WOW! As a couple who drinks very infrequently, all Mariele's cocktails are his own inventions and boy do they taste good! The serving sizes are more than reasonable and the wide ranging menu has you wondering if the next drink will outperform your last.

Overall, I think anyone in Florence should stop by this place. Whether it be a quiet Thursday night like ours or what I can only imagine are lively weekends. No matter the day, Mariele will keep you entertained. This is definitely a place I will remember and return to on my next trip to Florence!

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

After a very long day of sight seeing my boyfriend and I were dragging our feet for our last night in Florence. We decided to see if we could find Vanilla Club based on previous reviews and our love of cocktails. The entrance was very unassuming and we nearly missed it. We grabbed seats at the bar as that is always more fun when visiting a new city. This also afforded us the luxury of watching the owner, Mariele, create his amazing libations. His passion for blending flavors and entertaining guests was extraordinary and came through in every aspect of the establishment. I inquired about many details of the decor and was regaled with a delightful story each time. We ended up staying for hours and trying six or seven different cocktails (and plenty of prosecco). My boyfriend even tried a cocktail that Mariele came up with on the spot! Each drink was very delicious and thoughtful. It was wonderful to speak to Mariele about his creative process and philosophy. To make the night even more magical there were two very talented young magicians who treated us with quite a spectacle. I cannot dutifully convey how wonderful the evening was in a review so please run, don't walk, to Vanilla Club. Did I mention there's a spectacular shot called the Flaming Lamborghini?

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vanillaclub, Proprietario at Vanilla Club, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Becca! thank you so much for your review, i'm so happy that you and Patrick came at Vanilla, we had a great night!! Even Mirko and Angelo still talk about that night.. We really hope that you'll get the chance to come back to Florence very soon, and may be next time will be in our secret room! Ciaaaooo!!!

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely, fun and welcoming speakeasy. Great selection of original cocktails made by a pro. Really nice interior and comfy decor. Go!

Thank Alice_Fuller
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Very cool little place not far from the Ponte Vecchio. Great decor and artefacts and good looking bar. The waiter loved his work and made some of his own creations. We had Negroni in Tea Cups which is a first! There is a Speakeasy option within the bar for you to discover. I'll let him explain the deal rather than spoil it for him. Good place

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this bar when looking for casual cocktails. And we were in for a big surprise! The bar is styled like a 20s speakeasy, with according music, and decor that makes it look like an artsy cosy living room. Each table has its own style and they all blend together seamlessly. The cocktails and all delicious! And we had six across our group so a good representative sample. I spoke to the owner who is incredibly friendly and he told us that most of his customers are locals rather than tourists, do you know that's a sign of high quality. He said that in true speakeasy style, he organises a special party once a month where you have to dress up in the style of the 20s and say the password (easily find online) then you're taken to a secret room. In that room you have the secret party and there are actors who play small parts and reinforce the overall experience. We didn't get to see this but based on our own experience in this bar, I'm sure that it would be amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Florence!

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