After midnight this place moves from our section of ‘bars’ to ‘clubs’ in Milan because every horizontal surface of Loolapaloosa is covered with frenzied revellers dancing on the tables, chairs and even the bar itself.
The bar staff only encourage such behaviour, by playing music that you can sing and dance to – pure chart pop from the 1950s to now – and famously keep the bar’s pendulum lights swinging in perpetual motion. And Loolapaloosa is famous on the strip, more as a disco-bar than a club for drunken folk who’ve failed the door selection at the bigger clubs. In that respect, it’s an excellent, fun fallback plan.
This ex-Irish pub is now owned by the Hollywood/Casablanca power-consortium, who has left its turn-of-the-century pub feel, wine-coloured walls and dark wooden furniture untouched. Needless to say, it has retained its Irish drinking heritage with a generous happy hour (5-10pm), and atmospheric memorabilia such as old Murphys and Guinness enamel adverts covering the walls.