Sippin’ on top of the world: Radio bar offers stunning views

A day-to-night, high-energy, rooftop cocktail lounge set to attract the fashionable, cosmopolitan and avant-garde crowd of Milan.

Summer is over, but the cocktails don’t have to be. The days are getting shorter, but a great view of Milan can still be seen. Sitting atop the ME Milan il Duca hotel, Radio rooftop bar allows you to escape into vacation mode, if only for a few hours.

It’s possible to feel a bit intimidated when you walk into this classy establishment, asking to be allowed up to the rooftop. But don’t worry; there will be no judgment, no tough questions, no secret passwords. You won’t be made to feel like Julia Roberts during that infamous shopping scene in ‘Pretty Woman.’


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You will, however, have a staff member operating the elevator for you, sending you straight up to Radio. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll see that the journey up to the tenth floor was worth it.


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It’s classy, it’s current, and it’s full of some of Milan’s trendiest people. The exact vibe you receive will depend on when you arrive – a relaxed day atmosphere later transforms into a lively night scene complete with a DJ.

But the thing that remains the same, no matter what time of day, is the view. The rooftop looks down at Porta Nuova, and the Italian Alps can be seen on a clear day. It’s worth admiring the vista during both day and night, so arriving just before sunset is an ideal option.


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Prices vary, depending on your pick. A dish of pulled pork and fries will set you back a reasonable €13, while a steak sandwich with tomato and chili relish costs €24. The full food menu can be found here.

Cocktails are a splurge, ranging from €15 to €18. If you’re trying to save your pennies, glasses of wine are offered at a fair price. Beers are €7.


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Winter visitors to Radio will find a covered terrace and heaters. Summer guests will, of course, be guaranteed better temperatures – no heaters needed.

Walk-ins are welcome if there’s space, but play it safe and book a reservation. If you want a guaranteed table with a view, be sure to request it.

Dress code in the day is smart casual. Nighttime visitors should dress smart glamorous (no sportswear).

Address: Via Marco Polo, 18

Lynsey Free

Lynsey Free is founder and editor of Postcards from Milan. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, her work has been published on, RT television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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