BackDoor43

BackDoor43, Milan: Address, Phone Number, BackDoor43 Reviews: 4.5/5

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Neighborhood: Navigli
The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
How to get there
  • Porta Genova • 4 min walk
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Alex
Venice, Italy3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We stumbled upon this bar after grabbing cocktails at Mag Cafe next door. The self-proclaimed “smallest bar on earth” is the size of a closet—no more than 100 square feet with only 4 barstools. We made a reservation at 6 pm for the first available time slot on a Saturday which was 8:30 pm. At the bar, we enjoyed a series of custom cocktails and a variety of tastings for just about 50 €. It was one of the very best cocktail experiences of our lives. We learned so much and feel like so fortunate to have enjoyed such an intimate experience. If I could give it 7 out of 5 stars I would!
Written July 4, 2021
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Jamie
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
If you’re in Milan then this is an absolute must do experience. With a maximum of three people (during covid), the bar has a very intimate feel and you have the chance to discuss all things cocktails with your barrister. Slightly on the more expensive side but you would expect as much. Be sure to book at least a couple of weeks prior to visiting because plenty of people were turned away during our hour session.
Written December 22, 2021
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Amber G
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A lovely bar and definitely a trip highlight. It was a little bit pricy given the deposit but we left satisfied that it was worth the money we spent. The bartender was informative and gave us some excellent local recommendations
Written June 22, 2022
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Stephanie S
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
A friend recommended we grab a drink at this tiny bar and we walked a long way in the cold trying to find it. Although this is indeed a really cool looking bar, the bartender who was on shift was super rude to us. The moment we stepped in front of the door he popped through a small window asking us to not enter and said that he was only able to offer drinks for take-away. Before we even got to decide he shut the window and left. I really hope this was a one-off incident.
Written December 21, 2021
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Pece_77
Milan, Italy553 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
The smallest bar in the world... I like visiting and drinking in great places every time I visit a new city... but this is UNIQUE !

I already published a long review about this place about 5 months ago... but as I became an "affectionate visitor" I think it's right to give one more review.
Additionally, as I noticed that only one review was given in English, and so I decided to write this not in Italian, to help Milan visitors to discover this secret and gorgeous place...

I could write so many things about the BackDoor, that I'll really make an effort to make this review short and effective. I'll try with a short list... but I really invite you to read/listen to all the other things you can find in magazines and TV interviews...

- Position: just in the heart of the Navigli area... great position.

- Cocktails: astonishing... it doesn't matter who will be on the other side of the bar: the cocktails are always great. The "specialty" here are cocktails using whisky as a base, but if you want something different you just have to ask for that.

- Bartenders: Bledar, Andrea and Loris (in the order I met them) are simply fantastic. You can just describe them your desires, and as magicians they'll transform your vague ideas into a cocktail... Just give them the possibility to follow their inspirations and you'll never get disappointed.

- Feeling: the place is warm, small (4 is really the maximum number...2 is probably the best one!), and makes you feel like as if the wooden walls would hug you. That's great... especially if you go there with a close friend or with somebody that is "special" for you.

- Getting there: as you probably understood that's not a place where you can easily go, so reserve in advance by calling on the mobile number, or by writing them a message... try to do it 2 weeks in advance...

One more suggestion.... ask to have a cocktail with the whisky they keep in the small bottle for infusions... and be prepared to try something special.

If anything is unclear or if you have any question... just ask me !
Written April 21, 2016
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Jeroen van W
2 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Our bartender Mattia made some great cocktails for us, we're really glad we got to visit Backdoor 43 during our trip! If you plan on visiting Milan, try and make a reservation, it's really worth it!
Written March 15, 2018
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Jonnym_7
Thrapston, UK951 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
If your in Milan, this has to be top of your list of things to do. Make sure you reserve a couple of weeks in advance. I did it via WhatsApp. The bar is brilliant and staff friendly. Drinks amazing. 12 euro a drink but worth it as you get the bar to yourself for 1-2 hours for free. Highly recommend.
Written October 8, 2018
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yarosem
Moscow, Russia5 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Perfect place to check your relations with alchohol) Great variety of whiskeys and you may put your music too.
Written June 18, 2017
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hughesie93
Edinburgh, UK243 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Saw this place on TV and we were really excited to go. We turned up last night and queued for 20 minutes in the rain, sure that it would be worth it.

We finally got to the window to be served with still 90 minutes until it was to close. 'Have you booked?'. No, we hadn't. I had messaged them through Facebook a couple of weeks back but they didn't bother to respond. Hey, it will be fine though, as I have said there it nobody waiting behind us now and it's ages until they close.

'No booking, go away.' Really, that seems a bit silly.

'Go.' We are waved away by a faceless pair of hands. Our business is not wanted here.

Go somewhere else with staff who have some manners. Thankfully here are many other places around which fit this criteria and we were able to have a drink and dry off.
Written October 28, 2018
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1hampshiregirl
London, UK527 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Booked in advance by our concierge and confirmed a week before, yet when we arrived barman said we didn’t have a reservation. Despite this we were allowed entry. Had seen the place on TV and internet and was expecting more of an ‘experience’ rather than sitting in a small dark space with an uncomfortable silence. Had seen barman wear a mask and do magic tricks/puzzles. Disappointed. Would not return or recommend.
Written March 20, 2019
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