Venice drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Cannaregio

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 lifts this place above the ordinary, with arguably the …
Top Choice Wine 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 early …
Top Choice Pub in Cannaregio

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 samphi…
Top Choice Cafe in San Marco

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 on p…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Il Mercante

An hour's changeover is all it takes for historic Caffè dei Frari to transform itself into its nighttime guise as Venice's best cocktail bar. If you can't find anything that takes your fancy on the adventurous theme…
Top Choice Bar in Cannaregio

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. Par…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in San Marco

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 signa…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Castello

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 first-class cabin of an ocean-liner. Furthermore, master mixol…
Top Choice Cafe in San Marco

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 spri…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Dorsoduro

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 cheese…