For the Milan-centric tradition of aperitivo, here’s a fancy approach for those on the watertight schedules of the upcoming Milan Fashion Week. Right in the heart of the action, a trinity of hotel bar establishments makes for a quick respite in between the shows and after-parties. The Aperol Spritz and the Moscow Mule are both the undefeated cocktail kings among the locals, but I personally prefer to always take this opportunity to try Italian wines of the lighter profiles that you don't usually order with dinner. The retro-fitted
bar at the Mandarin Oriental is for editors on-the-go with its upbeat and modern vibe. Grab its signature alcohol-free The Kir, a concoction of rose and red fruits tea for a quick pick-up before heading out onto the vibrant Via Alessandro Manzoni or the Seta, the hotel’s newly Michelin-starred restaurant. At the brand new Terazza Gallia at the Excelsior Gallia Hotel, schedule private meetings with a majestic view of the historic central station and dive into the Fashion Green mocktail of green apple, lettuce, cucumber, lemon and fennel seeds for a vitamin boost. To end off a long day, unwind at the discreetly stylish bar at the Bulgari where the kitchen sends out delicious morsels of the week’s specials, accompanied with your evening drink.