Top ChoiceWine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Cantina Do Spade

Famously mentioned in Casanova's memoirs, cosy 'Two Spades' was founded in 1488 and continues to keep Venice in good spirits with its bargain Tri-Veneto and Istrian wines and young, laid-back management. Come...

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Marciano Pub

With its wooden bar and gleaming brass beer taps, this Anglo-Venetian hostelry certainly looks authentic. Marciano takes booze seriously, stocking craft beers from around the globe, including its own brew and...

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Vino Vero

Lining the exposed-brick walls of this canalside bar are small-production wines, including a great selection of natural and biodynamic labels. The cicheti here lift this place above the ordinary, with arguably...

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Caffè Florian

Caffè Florian

The oldest still-operating cafe in Europe and one of the first to welcome women, Florian maintains rituals (if not prices) established in 1720: besuited waiters serve cappuccino on silver trays; lovers get cosy...

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Il Mercante

Il Mercante

An hour's changeover is all it takes for historic Caffè dei Frari to transform itself into its night-time guise as Venice's best cocktail bar. If you can't find anything that takes your fancy on the adventurous...

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Birreria Zanon

There’s something of a mini beer craze developing along Fondamente dei Ormesini, and Birreria Zanon is the latest contender, wooing customers with its sunny setting, laid-back vibe and huge craft-beer selection....

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Bar Longhi

Gritti Palace's beautiful Bar Longhi may be pricey, but if you consider your surrounds – Fortuny fabrics, an intarsia marble bar, 18th-century mirrors and million-dollar Piero Longhi paintings – the price of a...

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Grancaffè Quadri

Powdered wigs seem appropriate inside this baroque bar-cafe that's been serving happy hours since 1638. During Carnevale, costumed Quadri revellers party like it’s 1699 – despite prices shooting up to €15 for a...

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Londra Bar

There may be flocks of tourists outside, but the Londra Palace is a haven of serenity and its sleek bar, decked out in wood and white leather, is like a 1st-class cabin of an ocean liner. Furthermore, master...

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Malvasia all'Adriatico Mar

Malvasia all'Adriatico Mar

Wine lovers should stake out a place in this small, upmarket and extremely welcoming bar and let owner Francesco guide them through the range of naturally produced regional wines. Bar snacks include delicious...

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Al Timon

Find a spot in the wood-lined interior or, in summer, on the boat moored out the front along the canal, and watch the motley parade of drinkers and dreamers arrive for steak platters and quality wines by the...

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Osteria da Filo

A living room where drinks are served, this locals' hang-out comes complete with creaky sofas, free wi-fi, abandoned novels and the occasional live-music gig. Drinks are cheap and the Venetian tapas tasty.

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Vineria Dai Do Cancari

Marco Nordio has filled his jam-packed wine store in characterful Calle de le Botteghe with a stash of unusual Veneto and Italian wines, as well as some very good and reasonably priced vini sfuso (tap wine). Join...

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Un Mondo di Vino

Get here early for first crack at marinated artichokes and sarde in saor (sardines in sweet and sour sauce), and to claim a few square inches of ledge for your plate and wine glass. There are dozens of wines...

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Hostaria Bacanera

Hidden behind the SS Apostoli church, this bar-cum-restaurant has a contemporary baroque style with wood beamed ceilings, a signature red banquette, and black bistro chairs set around widely spaced tables. Enjoy...

Wine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Cantina Do Mori

You'll feel like you've stepped into a Rembrandt painting at venerable 'Two Moors', a dark, rustic bar with roots in the 15th century. Under gleaming, gargantuan copper pots, nostalgists swill one of around 40...

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Osteria ai Pugni

Centuries ago, brawls on the bridge out the front inevitably ended in the canal, but now Venetians settle differences with one of over 50 wines by the glass at this ever-packed bar, pimped with recycled...

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)...

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Bariolè

A top-notch cocktail bar-cum-brewpub, Bariolè serves 40 craft beers alongside a well-curated selection of speciality spirits from which they conjure bespoke cocktails. The young team are passionate about what...

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Torrefazione Cannaregio

The only micro-roastery in Venice, this brick-lined cafe perched on a sunny canal bank is filled with house-made roasts including the flagship Remer, an Arabica blend with a smooth, chocolate aftertaste. For...