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 enter in 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 and represents the beginning of the climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca, and just a few meters from Renato Dall'Ara Stadium.
It's there since 1953, when Giuseppe Billi decided to found together with his wife and since then I don't think it has changed much. When you enter you immediately feel the atmosphere of ancient village bars, where old men play cards or billiards, discussing and arguing about football and politics, and the bartender is the mayor of a city with its own rules and traditions. I have to say that nowadays in Bologna there are not a lot of places like this anymore.
Glasses and bottles at Billi Bar
Why 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. Or on time aperitif time for a spritz (€ 3) or, why not, a Negroni at popular prices.
At Carnival time you can also find some classics sweets like sfrappole, but the real house specialty is Panspziel, a typical Bolognese dessert with almonds, chocolate and candied fruit also called Certosino, product with a 1833 recipe and a very popular cake during Christmas holidays in Bologna.
So if you're looking for a true experience in a bar completely untouristic and really vintage (not the old-like style of a lot of new fashion places opened recently), well 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
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