Party Earth Review Not much more than a food counter situated in a corner of Campo Bella Vienna, Al Mercá nevertheless attracts a constant stream of easygoing patrons who line up for beer, wine, and snacks and to chat under the warm glowing lights of the awning. Though there is a tiny indoor space and a lone wine barrel outside that offers ... read full review of Al Mercá
Party Earth Review Café Noir has long been a favorite among a creative and somewhat edgy clientele of trendy young locals and students. Located on a side street in Campo Santa Margherita, the bar’s outdoor seating area extends down the street to Café Blue, providing a popular meeting place for patrons of both venues, though Café Noir attracts ... more
Party Earth Review Located on the Zattere – one of Venice’s few straight and wide waterfront walks – El Chioschetto has all the essential ingredients for a refreshing pit-stop at any time of day and for most of the year. This simple green kiosk doesn’t look like much, but its tables and umbrellas set up on the ... more
Party Earth Review The most renowned bar and restaurant in Venice, Harry’s Bar was founded in 1930 by the Cipriani family and still occupies the same small space where a cultured clientele drinks martinis and delicious Bellinis – the bar’s famous creation of white peach juice and sparkling wine. Steeped in history and once frequented by the ... more
Party Earth Review Naranzaria, named after the old citrus market that was historically centered there, is today a stylish family restaurant beautifully situated to offer views of the Grand Canal and the bustling market at the foot of the Rialto Bridge. The small two-level space features a tiny but sparkling bar, jazzy pendant lighting, glowing ... read full review of Naranzaria
Party Earth Review One of the few late-night discos in Venice, Piccolo Mondo is a semi-exclusive club that attracts a wild crowd of night owls with no consistent demographic save for their common desire to dance until the wee hours. Getting through the studded iron door, however, is at the sole discretion of the eccentric owner, but once ... more
Party Earth Review Stained glass windows, dark wood, dim lighting, and a nautical décor combine to create a masculine yet cozy atmosphere at L’Olandese Volante (The Flying Dutchman), an English-style tavern named for the ghost ship of lore doomed to sail the seas forever – an allusion, perhaps, to Venice itself, the mysterious eternal city ... more
Party Earth Review The only club of its kind in the city, the Venice Jazz Club is an intimate music venue with an artsy, almost underground vibe. The club attracts a savvy clientele of jazz lovers who gather to appreciate classic jazz, bossa nova, and hot improvisations played by some of the area’s finest musicians. The slightly edgy mood ... more
There’s an important thing to remember about bars and clubs in Venice: conversation is king, and the type of bar-hopping that goes on here has evolved to facilitate this favorite pastime.
Whether at a casual pub or a swanky lounge, the beverage culture has nurtured a population of nibblers and sippers, and for Venetians – who’ll admittedly drink at any hour – the daily bar ritual comes to a peak during l’ora dell’aperitivo.
This is the prime social hour – the Italian Happy Hour, if you will – when friends gather at drinking dens and cafés to chat, wind down after a day’s work, or wind up for a night out at the bars and clubs over pints, ombre (small doses of wine), and bar snacks. Most people stand around the bar – to avoid the ubiquitous table surcharge – and the crowds at many of these cramped locales spill onto the street to create an animated atmosphere that makes for a good start to a hearty sampling of Venice’s nightlife.