After exploring the glorious Venetian canals by day, the perfect way to unwind while enjoying the magical charm of this relaxed city is to spend it like the locals in one of the many cafes, wine bars and restaurants. So before you retreat to the comfort of one of our boutique hotels in Venice, be sure to try out some of these top nightlife spots.
Dating back to 1720, this historic café in the Piazza San Marco was once frequented by Venetian patriots who plotted revolution here over a strong cup of coffee. Its current interior dates back to the 19th century and its elaborate décor is a sight not to be missed. Many patrons choose to sit outside in the square and watch the rest of the world go by; however there is also a bar area at the back where you can avoid paying the steep table rates and watch the barmen mix cocktails.
(Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia)
This true Venetian institution has undergone quite the evolution over the years, transforming from a neighbourhood wine bar to a full-blown upscale restaurant. Most of the locals however continue to treat this as a place to stop for a glass of wine, crowding over small tables and maybe enjoying an oyster or two. The recommended selection of wines changes every day, carefully chosen by owner Mauro Lorenzon.
(Enoiteca Mascareta, Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5183, 30122 Venezia)
Skyline Rooftop Bar
The highest floor of the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel is home to the Skyline Rooftop Bar, offering some of the best panoramic views of the sun setting over Venice you’ll find in the entire city. From the outdoor terrace, you can see across the whole city as well as over the southern lagoon, though to enjoy these amazing views, reservations are recommended.
(Skyline Rooftop Bar, Via Giudecca, 810, 30133 Venezia)
A far cry from many of the more popular tourist spots in Venice, Al Prosecco sits in the neighbourhood square of Campo San Giacomo all’Orio. It’s not only a great place to people-watch but it also has an excellent by-the-glass selection, recommending varieties of Veneto’s signature prosecco as well as its scarcer still version, prosecco fermo. Traditional Italian bar snacks are also served which make for the ideal light lunch or dinner, including smoked fish, cheese and salami selections. Al Prosecco closes at 8pm during winter, and 10.30pm during the summer, so it’s best for a pre-dinner aperitivo.
(Al Prosecco, Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135 Venezia)
Popular with trendy Venetians thanks to its impressive cocktail list and live jazz performances, this characterful dive bar is decorated with lingerie left by generous visitors. The bar’s kitchen serves excellent finger-food well into the early hours of the morning, making it the perfect stop-off for a late-night snack.
(Bacaro Jazz, S. Marco, 5546, 30124 Venezia)