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It's October - summer festival season is over and night life in Tuscany starts to take on a slower pace. Luckily for Montalcino, some people don't loose their spirit even if temperature and tourist numbers start to drop. 

Cocktail time at bar le Logge in Montalcino, Tuscany
Michela, shakin' it at Le Logge

Simone Muggianu and his partner Michela run one of Brunello town's nicest bars. Located on Montalcino's main square bar Le Logge is meeting place for young and old alike. Every time I'm in Montalcino I stop for a coffee or an aperitif there. No need to call friends. Either they are already there or one or the other will be arriving shortly. 

Best of all, bar Le Logge also makes sure people in Montalcino get their share of big city life. Aperitifs with live music and yes, even dj sets for dancing are organised. You don't even have to go for dinner beforehand. Grab your food directly from the tasty buffet Le Logge puts up during these nights. Enjoy the music, dance and yes, taste yourself not just through Tuscan red wines, but through any Italian drink or cocktail you could wish for. 

CAFFE' ALLE LOGGE DI PIAZZA, Friday 12th of October: Aperitif, Dinner and Music
Piazza del Popolo, 1
53024 Montalcino
Phone: +39 0577 846 186;
Open from 7am to 1am. Closed on Wednesdays. 

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