Palermo Nightlife

Palermo is Sicily’s biggest city, and there is a lot to see and do. Locals – known as palermitani – eat late, so a 9.30 pm dinner reservation is completely normal. The Teatro Massimo is an incredible place for an opera, but if you’re looking for something more, something later, something post-opera, we have some suggestions for Palermo nightlife.

Whether you are looking for a restaurant with live music, a pub the locals love, or a club to dance the night away, you’ll find it in Palermo.

Palermo Nightlife

Palermo Nightlife Recommendations

For music concerts, theater, and parties, check the schedules of the cultural centers Agricantus and I Candelai.

For dinner followed by live musicPalab is a great bet. Or for dinner and then dancing every night of the week, go to the restaurant Tina Pica.

Though the name wouldn’t make you think so, the Nashville Pub is a local hangout, a small and lively bar perfect for after dinner.

For late night dancing head to Zsa Zsa Mon Amour or Carpe Diem, both with dancing every night except Mondays. Carpe Diem has live music every Tuesday and Saturday, and Thursday is students’ night. Note that these places don’t open until about 10 pm, and the crowds really arrive closer to midnight.

For both pre-dinner and post-dinner fun, head to the classy Cafe 442 any night of the week. Starting at 7 pm, buy a drink and do the famous Italian “aperitivi”, which means helping yourself to a buffet of free food (the Italians take small plates and go to dinner afterwards, but tourists on a budget sometimes substitute this for dinner). Or, just arrive in time for late night dancing. If you get the munchies, they also have a limited menu. Monday night is lounge night.

Photo of disco ball by yozza

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Music, Sicily | 5 Comments


  1. Kimberly
    January 16, 2011

    Music scenes, are one of my firsts to checkout when i go to some place, Palermo sounds like a nice place to visit:)

  2. WanderingVoyager
    September 6, 2011

    I wish I had seen this article before I came back from Palermo! Although I figured much of the Palermo nightlife shifted to the beach and Mondello as it was July. Is that the case? I’ll be sure and use this info next time!

  3. Madeline
    September 13, 2011

    Wandering Voyager, yes you’re right about that – hope you enjoyed the nightlife in Mondello first hand! I researched these venues for clients who were spending New Year’s Eve in Palermo so these are probably more ideal for winter.

  4. Dawn
    December 17, 2011

    Where’s the best place to look for hotels in the area? I’m planning a last minute trip between Christmas and New Years. Thanks.

  5. Madeline
    December 17, 2011

    Hi Dawn, I would check – you can choose star level, choose your currency, and definitely spend a lot of time reading the reviews! They often have last-minute deals so sign up for those via email – you never know whether there will be one for Palermo.


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