The Gritti Palace's Bar Longhi is possibly one of the hottest tickets in Venice. It's where Hemingway drank his way through evenings while he was staying upstairs finishing his novel, Across the River and Through the Trees. Many other celebrated artists knocked back fine tipples at this over-the-top yet cozy and ornate bar.
Generally speaking, the Gritti Palace is the kind of place where the guests you see sitting at Bar Longhi have probably been coming to the hotel since they were children. Their parents—the same story. It's a classic; it's generational, and it's always open to the public.
The room itself is a kaleidoscope of interior decorating; rich, brightly coloured draped fabric is the backdrop to delicate Murano glass chandeliers; paintings by 18th century Venetian artists and antique etched mirrors that give depth and dimension; almost a playhouse feel to the room. People say that the Aperol spritz here are the best in town. I find everything to be good, strong, and pricey. Of course, you're paying for elegance, and in the summer, a great seat along the bustling Grand Canal.