Osteria al Squero

Bar in Dorsoduro

After a stroll along the Zattere, retreat to this snug local drinking hole, right opposite the city's oldest functioning gondola workshop. Wines are well priced and the cicheti (Venetian tapas) varied and delicious. It does get seriously crowded, though, and regulars spill out onto the canal even in winter. Load up a paper plate and join them.