The Best Bars in Venice
Collected by AFAR Traveler
When you fancy a drink in Venice, the iconic choices are a bellini or an Aperol spritz, and you can enjoy them on a rooftop overlooking Piazza San Marco or fireside in an elegant, ancient palazzo. Intimate wine bars round out the nightlife mix.
Campiello Traghetto, 2467, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
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...
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4171, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Just beyond the Doge's Palace along the Degli Schiavoni is the Relais & Chateaux property, Hotel Londra Palace. I mention it because the hotel's LondraBar is small and quiet, with some outdoor veranda seating with excellent views of the lagoon. It...
Calle Tiepolo Baiamonte, 1364, Palazzo Papadopoli, 30125 Sestiere San Polo, Venezia VE, Italy
Aman hotels recently opened a 25-suite resort along Venice's Grand Canal in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, one of the city's most stunning waterfront palaces. What's great about this destination is that, unlike many of the resorts in Aman's...
San Marco, 1322, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
The Bellini was born in Venice at Harry's Bar, which has been hopping since 1931. Declared a National Historic Monument by the Italian government in 2001, this San Marco bar and restaurant is a cultural institution. Even though it doesn't do the...
Fondamenta Nani, 992, 30123 Dorsoduro, Venezia VE, Italy
If you are in Venice, you will surely get familiar with local spritz (a fizzy, refreshing aperitif) and cicchetti, or small snacks. If you want to have a local experience, be sure to stop by Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi while walking around La...
Via Giudecca, 810, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
Venice’s only rooftop bar serves up enchanting panoramas of the southern lagoon and San Marco from the top floor of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a former flour mill on Giudecca island. (The roof terrace is open to all, its swimming pool...
Piscina S. Moise, 1459, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
My favorite place to relax in Venice has got to be Bauer's Grand Canal Bar. Even when it's a little bit chilly, it's spectacular to sit here on the terrace with a cocktail (a Bellini preferably) on the terrace as the sun catches the Church of...
Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
In a less touristy part of Venice, where locals live and play, Campo San Giacomo all'Orio is a wonderful neighborhood square. Here you'll find Al Prosecco, a fantastic locally oriented wine bar where you can sit outside right on the square and...
Sestiere Dorsoduro, 2963, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
The earliest records of this coffeehouse's existence state that it opened sometime in the early 19th century. In the 20th century, the place hummed with the presence of painters, writers, and artists of every persuasion. Today, like most of Venice...
Via Tolomei, 42, 35010 Pierobon-fornace PD, Italy
Bar Dandolo is all about the atmosphere. On the ground floor of the Hotel Danieli, a 14th-century palazzo by San Marco, the bar has a resplendent setting that includes Murano chandeliers, plush arm chairs, and the original fireplace. Get dressed...
Giudecca, 10, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
Travelers come to Cip's Club to enjoy dinner with a striking view of Venice and Piazza San Marco in the distance. And dinner, when you can secure a table here, is very good. Again, much of that has to do with the view. But we're partial to Cip's...
S. Marco, 2159, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Unwind after a long day exploring Venice at Bar Tiepolo, on the ground floor of The Westin Europa & Regina. The bar is best enjoyed at dusk; make your way to the west-facing terrace and watch the sunset over the water. On a warm night try the...
Sotoportego del Bancogiro, 130, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Right next to the famed Venice Fish Market, Naranzaria is a charming ultra trendy wine and tapas bar that specializes in raw fish with an Italian twist. Some of the dishes sound weird - like the mozzarella, tomato and tuna sushi, but the chef is...
Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
During the day, the Piazza San Marco in Venice is an overwhelming flurry of activity, but once the sun sets, you'd be surprised at just how much a sense of ease and languor settles in. Life simply slows down as the crowds depart. Stop by...
Fondamenta Zitelle, 86, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
It seems like a miracle that anything in Venice could be affordable. But now that the 36-room Generator Hostel opened on Venice's Guidecca Island, the budget-minded can breathe more easily when dropping anchor in Venice. Better yet,...
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