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 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 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 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 With its vibrant orange interior, spicy house music, and abstract art, Orange may be the hippest bar in Santa Margherita and attracts an equally trendy and energetic clientele. The locale, which occupies the most expansive area on the square, offers a variety of settings for socializing, from the front terrace and the inside ... read full review of Orange
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 Just around the corner from Campo Santa Margherita is Imagina Café, a popular bar and café that offers a simple but upscale environment. The bar’s successful mission to create a chic nightspot in the area is evident in its stylish look, from the detailed lettering on the large façade windows to the glowing glass bar. Soothing ... 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
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.