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 ... read full review of Harry's Bar
Party Earth Review It’s hard to miss the little storefront with the tomato-red trim in Campo Santa Margherita, but if there’s any confusion, one need only look for the hand-painted Caffè sign that indicates that this is indeed the beloved Caffè Rosso, the quintessential no-frills bar of Venice. The tiny indoor space may be cramped, but the ... more
Party Earth Review Café Blue prides itself on being the most happening bar in Venice for an easygoing, party-seeking crowd. Part of the hip Campo Santa Margherita area, the bar mainly serves young and animated English speakers who congregate to swap stories and find out what’s going on around town. The rather rowdy crowd indulges in beer ... more
Party Earth Review Located in a beautifully restored sixteenth-century palazzo, the spacious interior that once housed Cinema Centrale was transformed in 2005 into one of Venice’s most lavish restaurants and lounges. Floor-to-ceiling windows give arriving patrons their first glance at the striking décor, rich with sophisticated details, fine ... more
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 ... read full review of Café Noir
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 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 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
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.