There are places that you discover by chance, maybe you past next to them a thousand times but you never take a look inside. There are other places where, when you enter, is as if you had entered your own apartment. Then there are other places where time seems to have stopped long ago. Billi Bar is all these places.
Portico, red-blue hat and vespa: a few signs that you're in Bologna
Just a bar, like old times
Billi Bar is located right under the Meloncello arch, which divides Via Saragozza and Via Porrettana. You are at beginning of the climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca, just a few meters from Renato Dall'Ara Stadium.
This bar is there since 1953, when Giuseppe Billi decided to establish it together with his wife and since then I don't think it has changed much. When you enter it, you immediately feel the atmosphere of ancient village bars, where old men play card games or billiards, discussing and arguing about football and politics, and the bartender is the mayor of a city with its own rules and traditions. Nowadays in Bologna there are not a lot of places like this anymore.
The entrance of Billi Bar
Glasses and bottles at Billi Bar
Why you should go to Billi Bar?
There are various reasons. We can start from a simple coffee after lunch or a full breakfast with cappuccino and croissant before facing the climb to San Luca. You're also near the astonishing Certosa Cemetery: an unusual and astonishing place to visit.
Or during aperitif for a spritz (€ 3) or, why not, a Negroni cocktail at popular prices.
At Carnival time you can also find some classics desserts like sfrappole, but the house specialty is Panspziel: a typical Bolognese dessert with almonds, chocolate and candied fruit also called Certosino. This dessert is produced with a recipe of 1833 and is one of the most popular food in Bologna for Christmas.
So if you're looking for an authentic experience in a bar completely not touristic and really vintage (not the old-like style of a lot of new fashion places opened recently), this is the place to go.
The amazing vintage box of Billi Panspziel
Cremini Fiat Majani: the most classic chocolate dessert after coffee in Bologna
Via Pietro de Coubertin, 1, Bologna BO
051 614 6881
Open every day except Thursday and when there are events at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium