Two Girls in Tropical Animals in Florence

Tropical Animals Diverse people, good music and a whole different world in Florence

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From the outside, the club scene in Florence can appear a stagnant mess of bad R&B and pop nights designed solely to yank in American students with cut price drinks and terrible, terrible music. Few exceptions exist . One exception however, is the wonderfully raucous Tropical Animals. It has found its home in a few different venues since its inception in 2011, but most recently resides in Club 21, that, while pretty terrible for the rest of the week – becomes a vibrant, drink and drug-fuelled fusion of underground electronica and layers upon layers of alternative and avant-garde fashion, every Thursday night.

I once spent an evening in Yab, the self professed “Glamour Club” and noticed mostly how incredibly unglamorous the place is, but also how dire. The DJs played 30-second snippet remixes of every song ever recorded. It was horrendous. I lost hope for Florence that night. A while later however, after a few cocktails in the excellent Mayday Bar, I stumbled across the queue to Tropical Animals – which looked promising. No students vomiting over each others heels is always nice. We went inside.

The interior of the club looks for all intent like a warehouse-conversion, only it was never a warehouse. In Florence, when one opens a club, the first thing they do is find crystals and lots and lots of paint – sometimes some velour. Then they don’t stop decorating until it’s far too late. Here however, they’ve kept it nice and plain. Dark walls, a large central dance floor and plenty of snooks to disappear to once your feet get tired, or you need to hide in the shadows for a minute or two. The music is a good mix of underground electronica, bits of minimal and house from an impressive collection of resident DJs and occasional guests.

Expect lots of make-up, lots of fashion (good and bad but always better than Yab), lots of smoke (yes, the cigarette kind) and good minimal beats.

Take a peak at the website here for more info.

Tropical Animals at Cub 21, Via dei Cimatori, 50122, Firenze, Italy

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Nick Nomi


Nick is a writer, photographer and musician, who, after working for years in the fashion and creative industries as an editor and writer, gave up the office life to travel long term and write about it. He started Europe Is Our Playground to showcase unique experiences in Europe through story driven narratives & candid photography. Currently back in London.

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