Where to drink al fresco in Turin? This article is written out of necessity: I live in a 23 square meters apartment. I have no air conditioning and my stove is next to my bed. As such, for me, drinking outside in Turin is a NECESSITY. Ok the drinking part, more than the outside part. However, this means that I’ve been strolling the city researching only the best places where to drink al fresco in Turin. Of course, together with my best-man: Fabio.
Eria – Food Lab
San Salvario is the home of many drinking places (together with many other things like no parking space and some drug dealing… but this is another story). One of these places, with a very summery location is Eria. The place is perfect any time of the day, BUT it’s at its best during sunset, with a iced beer on the fantastic terrace that is very popular in Turin. As such, I suggest you to book your spot here for having aperitivo! And the guys who manage this place are really nice, and this is always a plus!
Since the day I’ve discovered Pincopallo16 on Instagram it’s been love at first sight between me and him… it. I find the idea of combining a barber with a drink bar very interesting and I just would like to have a beard now for an extra excuse to drink their excellent gin and tonic.
Here we are a little higher, both in altitude and in cash, but it is really worth taking out from the wardrobe the only nice shirt you have and going to see Turin from the semi-high (we are on a rooftop but still at the third floor). On the roof of the NH CARLINA Hotel in Piazza Carlina we find one of the few, very few, places in Turin that can be defined as a real rooftop. And a very elegant one: the level of the drinks and the sight of the Mole, or even just of the inner courtyard of the hotel, will make sure to score points with the girls…
Piolino – Vini e caffè
After the rooftops we go back to street level. Here we open a parenthesis, these are 5 places to drink outdoors as I prefer and drinking outdoors means many things including taking a glass of wine and sitting on a bench. Ok, said that, now we are in Via Monferrato, one of the most beautiful pedestrian streets in Turin. Piolino is a raw and bare wine bar with a wine card full of Piedmontese wines but no racism towards others so you can find whatever you fancy. It has, as I said, a small outdoor area that can be a little full during peak hours, but you can safely drink your wine on the benches next to it. And if it’s not too late in the night you can enjoy some focaccia from the bakery just in front.
Born from the ashes of the beautiful Officine Corsare (the only cons we can say about this place) in a year Off Topic has become a staple where you can go and have a beer, watch the stars and hear unknown indie songwriters or buy vintage clothes. As a rule, both during the week and on the weekends there is always something to do and when it is not there you can break away in total tranquility in the harvested inner courtyard dominated by beautiful lights.
All images © 2019 Fabio Rovere