Bars and Nightlife in Venice

Bars and Nightlife in Venice

It’s certainly not Paris or Las Vegas, but Venice has it’s own unique scene going from the Casino to the more attractive aspect of the many bars and restaurants where, mirabile dictu, you can actually hold a conversation without shouting (although there are the other kind, too)!


Casinò Municipale di Venezia



San Marco

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Caffe’ Florian
Historical Venetian bar in San Marco Square, opened in 1720 by Floriano Francesconi under the name Venezia Trionfante. Since its opening, Florian’s has always been frequented by an illustrious clientele (Goldoni, Casanova, Byron, Proust, Rousseau etc.). You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, cocktails, refreshments and in the evening there are the well-known chamber concerts outside.

Harry’s Bar – Cipriani
San Marco 1323, Calle Vallaresso (Harry’s Bar is last on the left)
Harry’s Bar is one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, opened (in 1931) and run by the Cipriani family. Comfortable banquettes, wood trim everywhere, yellow tablecloths and rather small shot glasses but large bills. Clientele has included the Aga Khan, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, and of course, Ernest Hemingway who not only set scenes in the bar in his novel "Across the River and into the Trees" but used to have his own table in one corner.

Alla Botte
Calle della Bissa 5482, San Marco
Around the corner from Campo San Bartolomeo

Bar Torino
San Marco, Campo San Luca
Phone: 041-5223914
Near Rialto. Lively at night, open late.

L’Olandese Volante
San Marco, Campo San Lio, near Rialto
Phone: 041-5289349

Also, splurge on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal at either the Hotel Gritti or the Hotel Bauer for a pre-dinner drink.


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Piazza San Marco Restaurants

Enoteca Mascaretta
Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa
Tel/Fax: 041-523-0744

Osteria al Ponte
Just by the church of SS Giovanni e Paolo.
Tel: 041-528-6157 Closed Sunday


Ai Promessi Sposi
Calle dell’Oca 4367, Cannaregio
Behind Strada Nova, great cichetti, and cheap.

Osteria da Alberto
Calle Giacinto Gallina 5401, Cannaregio
Also a restaurant, but good for a drink.

Osteria Da Andrea (Bentigodi)
Cannaregio 1423, Callesele
Tel: 041-716269
Overlooking the Rialto fish market.


Il Caffè
Campo Santa Margarita, Dorsoduro 2963
Phone: 041/5287998
You can’t miss the red, which is why it’s also called "Caffè Rosso".

Margaret Duchamp
Campo Santa Margarita, Dorsoduro 3019
Phone: 041/5286255

Enoteca Cantinone “Gia Schiavi”
(look for sign ‘Al Bottegon’ outside)
Dorsoduro, San Trovaso 992
Near Accademia, Ponte San Trovaso.

San Polo

Cantina do Mori
Calle dei Do Mori, San Polo
The oldest bar in Venice? So they say, but still a worthwhile experience.

Ruga Rialto
Vecchai San Giovanni 692, San Polo
Also known as “Leticia’s”.

Calle della Maddonetta 1457, San Polo
Between Rialto and Accademia.

Night Clubs:

Paradiso Perduto
Cannaregio 2540
Fondamenta della Misericordia
Phone: 041-720581
One of the original late-night Venetian nightspots. Usually live music on weekends; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Live Music:

Martini Scala Piano Bar – Live music bar & restaurant
Campo San Fantin, San Marco 1983, Venice, Italy
Phone: 041/5224121
The Martini Scala Club, the Antico Martini restaurant’s elegant bar, has live music from 10 to 3:30. Full meals are served until 2. : Disco guide (in italian)

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