Venice Bars Overview

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Venice is without a doubt one of the most romantic cities in the world, and while there are plenty of bars in Venice to whet someone’s appetite, it’s important to remember that this is not a raging party town.

Conversation is the name of the game in Venice nightlife, and the type of bar-hopping that goes on here has evolved with this in mind. Whether at a casual spot or a swanky hangout, the beverage culture is dominated by nibblers and sippers, beginning of course with the daily bar ritual known as aperitivo. Friends gather at drinking dens all over town during this Italian version of the Happy Hour to snack on finger foods and chat over pints or small glasses of wine called ombres. Standing around the bar is normal – most venues charge an additional fee to sit at a table – so crowds often spill into the street.

Revelers will find the highest concentration of Venice bars just over the bridge in Mestre or across the water in Lido, as well as along F.ta della Misericordia in Cannaregio, where several bars line the street. C. Santa Margherita, meanwhile, largely caters to students, with chill dive bars and budget-friendly beer halls perfect for a break from studying.

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