Naples, like many cities in Italy, is one where people don’t eat dinner until late, often starting around 9pm. This means the night clubs don’t always open by 10pm, and if they’re open that early they certainly aren’t hopping until much later. Dance clubs in Naples are typically open until 4am on weekends, while even the bars where young people like to hang out stay open until 2am. To experience the nightlife scene as the locals do, you’ll either need to be a serious night owl or you’ll need a nap mid-afternoon in between checking out all of Naples’ attractions.
Whereas restaurants and attractions in Italy tend to stick around for many years, night clubs and bars have more of a tendency to come and go with the trends. The best places to look for whatever spots seem to be popular when you’re visiting are around Piazza Santa Maria la Nova, Piazza Bellini, and Piazza dei Martiri. If you want to venture a bit away from the historic center – and particularly if you’re looking for a slightly nicer selection of bars and clubs – head for the Posillipo neighborhood.
In nice weather, one popular evening activity that doesn’t require a night club cover charge, can be downright romantic, and has the added bonus of being free is strolling along the Lungomore, Naples’ seafront promenade. This area used to be car-free only on Sundays, but it’s now blissfully pedestrian-only all the time. The promenade connects some of the city beaches in Naples, and there are restaurants, cafes, and bars stretched along the Lungomare, too.
When you’re reveling in Naples’ nightlife, remember that although the Italians do like to enjoy themselves, they don’t drink to get falling-down drunk, nor do they disturb the peace in the middle of the night by bringing the party out onto the quiet streets. Be sure to follow the lead of the locals – party in the bars and clubs, and keep it down on your way back to your hotel.