Nightlife in Florence is ruled by the clubs and discos, but local pubs offer a more low key alternative here and there. One such pub is The Joshua Tree Pub, opened in 1997 by two natives of Florence. This locale is frequented by many locals and often visitors and students stop by for a pint (or two... or three.) They offer some snacks like chips and crackers, and their happy hour is quite popular (from 4pm-9pm.) A small pint is 2 euro and a large pint is 4 euro. The staff speaks English very well and are always affable to non-locals. Located on Via della Scala, down the street from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, on any given night the place can be packed and people pour into the streets. The cocktails are served with great care, and they often broadcast football matches in the pub. When it is game night be sure to get there early to get a seat, it fills up quite fast.
The eleventh anniversary of the Joshua Tree Pub — Photo courtesy of Joshua Tree Pub
Public House, located just behind Joshua Tree Pub, caters to a younger audience. The staff of Public house has recreated the nightlife in and around Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Public House was renovated by a group of friends and outfitted with memorabilia of horror films and classic bands. The staff is incredibly friendly and speak English quite well. The popular time to stop by is during happy hour from 6pm-9:30pm. A beer will run you only 4 euros. On Tuesday night, it is happy hour from open to close. Thursday is live music night, and DJ sets takes place on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is set aside for showing Series A of soccer. They have a vast variety of beers on tap, and on occasion they have an artisan beer tasting night where you can taste beers made nearby.
Entrance of the Joshua Tree Pub — Photo courtesy of Joshua Tree Pub