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 ... read full review of Piccolo Mondo
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 ... 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 ... more
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 ... read full review of Molocinque
Party Earth Review Perched atop an immaculately restored mill that is now home to the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel, Skyline Bar is a light and airy lounge that serves exquisite fruit and herb cocktails complemented by excellent views of the city. By day, the bar is frequented by a relaxed clientele of mostly hotel guests who stop in for a light ... more
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 Marked by flashing lights and colors emanating from the windows above the Billa supermarket, Dogado may be a surprising find in this otherwise sleepy area – but rest assured that the venue is a bona fide late-night club that doesn’t close its doors until 4am. Though a bit on the gaudy side, the mishmash of colors and sultry ... 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.