The Best Bars for Aperitivo in Genoa Italy

Are you looking for a bar where you can get a satisfactory aperitivo in Genoa?

Maybe you want to take your girlfriend out to eat something on the seashore or have a drink with your friends after a long day at work.

You have come to the right place.

If you don’t know me yet, here’s my introduction: I’m Andrea from Discover Genoa and in this post I am going to list the best places where you can get an aperitif in Genoa Italy in my opinion.

In this list you’ll find some bars in the centre of Genoa, some at the seaside and others in districts like Boccadasse or Albaro.

Read through the article and you’ll certainly find the best place where you can get a Genoese aperitif.

Are you ready? Let’s go!


Where to Have an Aperitivo in Genoa Italy

In Genoa it is very common to have an aperitif: meeting before dinner and having a drink is a fun way to spend the time after a long day at work or before a planned evening out.

Until a few years ago, bars mostly offered only some snacks, while recently they have started to serve buffets that are so rich and abundant that you can easily have dinner with them.

Here’s my list of the top 5 places where you can get an aperitivo in Genoa.



Meat aperitivo in the centre of Genoa

Mugugno Genova

This is one of my favourite places for a happy hour drink.

If you like cold cuts and cheese, Mugugno is the right place for you.

If you’re still hungry, you can choose between burgers and a huge range of cuts of Piedmontese and Tuscan meat, grilled to order behind the counter.

For 7€ you can choose between a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy a great aperitivo with your friends.

It has a picturesque inside room and only two tables outside (always occupied during the happy hour), therefore it might not be the right place for you if you enjoy being outdoors.

  • Prices: 7 €
  • Address: Via Luccoli 38, Genoa
  • Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.


Panino Marino

The best fish aperitif-dinner in Genoa’s Porto Antico


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Panino Marino is a new, modern and elegant bar and it represents the best choice for a fish aperitif.

It is right in front of the Acquario di Genova and offers different possibilities: you can choose between 7 types of gourmet sandwiches with seafood specialities (such as tuna tartare, fried salmon or squid) or Aperimarino.

This last option is also the most popular and includes a medium cone with French fries, two creations of the chef, two tastings of seafood, 1 glass of wine or beer and some snacks.

  • Prices: 7-10 €
  • Address: Piazza Caricamento 65R, Genoa (in front of the Aquarium)
  • Opening hours: Everyday, 12:00-3:30 p.m., 6:30-11:30 p.m.



Best fuffet aperitif-dinner in Genoa


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Are you looking for a bar where you can have an aperitif-dinner in Genoa? Are you really hungry?

Muà is the perfect place for you.

It is an elegant — and a little classy — bar in the heart of the city centre and offers a high quality buffet aperitif.

For only 10€ you can order one of the dozens of available cocktails and get free access to the buffet, which includes pasta, pizza, focaccia, various salads, vegetables, oysters — yes, you have really read it: oysters —, cold cuts and different snacks.

  • Prices: 10 €
  • Address: via San Sebastiano 13, Genoa
  • Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, 7:00-3:00 a.m., Sundays, 5:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.


Just Peruzzi

Aperitivo on a terrace overlooking the sea

If you are looking for a romantic place where you can leave your other half breathless, Peruzzi is perfect for you.

It is located in Bogliasco (a 20-minute drive from the centre of Genoa) and its menu offers any kind of snacks and a drink of your choice.

Do you know what the best part is?

The terrace overlooking the sea: it is really fascinating beyond words.

It is recommended for a romantic aperitif-dinner.

  • Prices: 10 €
  • Address: via Giuseppe Mazzini 132, Bogliasco (GE)
  • Opening hours:  Mondays, 6:30-12:00 a.m., from Tuesday to Sunday, 6:30-1:30 a.m.


La Strambata

Aperitif-dinner in Boccadasse

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Fishermen village of Boccadasse, Genoa

In this case, the aperitif does not include many different things, but the location is really worth it.

La Strambata is located in Boccadasse, a small fishing village near Corso Italia, within walking distance from the city centre.

In La Strambata you can order a drink and enjoy the snacks by the sea, looking at a breath-taking sunset.

The quantity-quality-price ratio is not very high, but the location is magical.

  • Prices: 7-10 €
  • Address: Piazza Nettuno 5r, Genoa
  • Opening hours:  Everyday, 7:30-1:30 a.m.


Camugin Bistrot Genova

Aperitivo in Genoa Albaro

Are you looking for a different aperitivo from usual?

Inside the Arena Albaro Village, in Genoa’s elegant district Albaro, you can go to Camugin, a typical Genoese bistrot.

Here you can choose between fish and meat aperitif and enjoy the sunset near the beautiful swimming pools Piscine di Albaro, where in summer a lot of events are organised.

It is ideal if you are looking for something different from the usual aperitif in the centre of Genoa.

  • Prices: 10 €
  • Address: Piazza Henry Dunant 38, Genoa
  • Opening hours:  Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-11:00 p.m.


MOG: Mercato Orientale Genova

Aperitivo in the centre of Genoa

bear and grill genova

Inaugurated in April 2019, Mercato Orientale has become in a few weeks the heart of Genoa’s aperitivo.

Here you can choose between dozens of different types of cooking, from Ligurian to Mexican, so that everyone is satisfied.

On the counters inside you can find focaccia, pizza, fish, wine of all kinds, Mexican tacos, meat, burgers, gourmet sandwiches, fresh pasta and ice cream.

Well, it has something for all tastes.

  • Prices: starting from 10 €
  • Address: Via XX Settembre 75r, Genoa
  • Opening hours:  Everyday, 10:00-12:00 a.m.


Aperitivo in Genoa Italy: prices

The prices for Genoese aperitif-dinners are different, but all are between a minimum of 7 € and a maximum of 15 €.

The most expensive is maybe the aperitif-dinner at MOG, because once you’re inside you won’t stop trying everything you see.

In general, you won’t spend more than 15-20€ anyway.



Well, this short article about the best bars for aperitivo in the centre of Genoa and at the seaside is finished.

If you need further information, read my article on what to do in Genoa at night.

Now, I give the floor to you.

What is your favourite bar?

Let me know with a comment below.

Have a nice aperitivo 😉


Andrea Semonella
Hey! I'm Andrea and I am a little bit obsessed with exploring the world and meeting people on the road. I'm in love with my city, and I'm happy to share with you all the best place and most incredible secrets of Genoa, Italy.


  1. Hi Andrea
    I love reading all your great tips.

    Myself and two friends are going to Genoa early May, we are such big foodies and Drinkies i have found your info to be soooo helpful.

    I cant wait to try all the places.
    Keep up the good work


    • Hey Jocs,

      Guess you didn’t come because of the covid situation right?

      Let me know when you’re coming and what you enjoyed most.


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