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)!
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.
Calle della Bissa 5482, San Marco
Around the corner from Campo San Bartolomeo
San Marco, Campo San Luca
Near Rialto. Lively at night, open late.
San Marco, Campo San Lio, near Rialto
Also, splurge on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal at either the Hotel Gritti or the Hotel Bauer for a pre-dinner drink.
Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa
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
Overlooking the Rialto fish market.
Campo Santa Margarita, Dorsoduro 2963
You can’t miss the red, which is why it’s also called "Caffè Rosso".
Campo Santa Margarita, Dorsoduro 3019
Enoteca Cantinone “Gia Schiavi”
(look for sign ‘Al Bottegon’ outside)
Dorsoduro, San Trovaso 992
Near Accademia, Ponte San Trovaso.
Cantina do Mori
Calle dei Do Mori, San Polo
The oldest bar in Venice? So they say, but still a worthwhile experience.
Vecchai San Giovanni 692, San Polo
Also known as “Leticia’s”.
Calle della Maddonetta 1457, San Polo
Between Rialto and Accademia.
Fondamenta della Misericordia
One of the original late-night Venetian nightspots. Usually live music on weekends; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Martini Scala Piano Bar – Live music bar & restaurant
Campo San Fantin, San Marco 1983, Venice, Italy
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.
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