Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Castello

Bar Dandolo

Dress to the nines and swan straight past the 'hotel guests only' sign to the glamorous bar filling the grand hall of the 14th-century Palazzo Dandolo. Sparkles from Murano chandeliers reflect off the gilt edges and…
Bar in Castello

Bacaro Risorto

Just a footbridge from San Marco, this shoebox of a corner bar overflowing with happy drinkers offers quality wines and abundant cicheti (Venetian tapas), including crostini (open-faced sandwiches) heaped with sarde…
Bar in Castello

Al Portego

This walk-in closet somehow manages to distribute wine, craft beer and cicheti to the overflowing crowd of young Venetians in approximate order of arrival. Wine is cheap and plentiful, and the bar groans with classi…
Bar in Castello

Bar Terrazza Danieli

Gondolas glide in to dock along the quay, while across the lagoon the white-marble edifice of Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore turns from gold to pink in the waters of the canal: the late-afternoon scene from the Hot…
Bar in Castello

Strani

There's always a party on at Strani thanks to its excellent selection of beers on tap, well-priced glasses of Veneto wines and platters of sopressa (soft salami). A plethora of cicheti (Venetian tapas) keeps drinker…
Bar in Castello

El Rèfolo

Although the bars along Via Garibaldi may look interchangeable, the queue for El Rèfolo’s pavement tables says otherwise. Part of the draw is the ever-friendly Massimiliano dispensing Italian microbrews and glasses …
Cafe in Castello

Rosa Salva

For over a century, Rosa Salva has been serving tea, pastries and ice creams to the passing trade on Campo Zanipolo. Inside the 1930s throwback interior, ladies take tramezzini (triangular, stacked sandwiches) and t…
Cafe in Castello

Paradiso

This cheery yellow mini-palazzo is fuelled by a steady stream of coffee and cocktails that cost less than you’d expect given the designer chairs, waterfront terrace and lack of competition – this is the only cafe wi…