Classic cocktail and Negroni lovers should add the iconic Bar Basso in Milan to their list of must-do bars. This Milanese institution opened in 1947 as local neighborhood bar just west of the city center. The Negroni sbagliato (mistaken Negroni) was invented by Bar Basso owner Mirko Stocchettoin the 1970s by accidentally adding sparkling wine instead of gin.
They serve Negroni sbagliatos in huge custom Murano glasses. They’re bitter, fizzy, fun, and complex! His son Maurizio continues to run the bar and serves Negroni Sbagliatos to customers still today. Maurizio studied at UC Berkeley and speaks fantastic English, so grab a seat at the bar and chat away.
Maurizio also makes a mean martini. He uses a special glass stirring pitcher to get the gin to just the right icy temperature. We can’t wait to get back here and spend an evening at the bar.
Bar Basso, Via Plinio, 39, 20020 Milano MI, Italy