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 Formerly a theater complex, Molocinque was transformed in 1999 into an expansive club complex featuring four themed party pavilions, each offering a different style of music. Complete with a dozen bars, a color-changing pool, and plenty of cushy furniture to create a seductive lounge ambiance, the club is a posh destination ... more
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 ... more
Party Earth Review Formerly known as Fiddler’s Elbow, The Irish Pub’s new owners have gone out of their way to freshen up the décor and modernize the technology to better serve the same sports-loving clientele the bar has always attracted. Four extra-wide flat-screen TVs now hang high at various points throughout the three quaint rooms and ... 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 ... read full review of El Chioschetto
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 Snugly situated in the animated Erbaria area, MuroVenezia Rialto is a hip bar with an upscale flair that attracts a trendy, well-dressed crowd of young professionals and university students. The sleek bar strikes a diagonal with the door to create a polished modern look and posh vibe, and is usually mobbed with a flirtatious ... 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.