Caffè Rosso

Bar / Café
Caffè Rosso 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... Venice Italy 45.4345127 12.3236108
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Caffè Rosso - Bar | Café in Venice.
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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... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    041 5287998

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 7am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Caffè Rosso Review

The Scene

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...

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 vast selection of cocktails and sandwiches lures a jovial alternative crowd both day and night to create a buoyant bohemian environment.

Given the limited space, patrons will have to vie with the loyal clientele for the snug, well-worn tables inside in the winter, or for the little red chairs and marble-topped tables outside in the summer.

The bar, which offers no entertainment of its own, is nevertheless a perfect spot to kick back and watch the activity in the square or to mingle with the outgoing crowd.

By night, the tables fill up with university students engaged in deep conversation about the day’s lessons, as well as various creative types content to chat and watch the parade of people.

Caffè Rosso is also somewhat of a leader among the bars in Santa Margherita, as it was the first to sell its own t-shirts and bags, which many hip Venetians proudly wear.

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Tip from Jonah:

Terrific little place, best enjoyed by grabbing a spritz at the bar, sitting outside, and joining the impromptu jam sessions often going on in the Campo. It’s a great way to learn some new songs and meet a lot of interesting people.

  • Crowd

    Punk rockers, alternative types, and the artistically inclined, late teens and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Conversation and people-watching. Excellent spot during Carnevale and other festivals as it provides a good view of the square and all the activity.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Delicious tramezzini (small sandwiches) and panini. Pricing depends on whether customers sit or stand.

  • Prices

    Sandwiches €1.50–€4. Beer €3, Venetian spritz €2.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays, though chances are that something is going on even on Monday nights.

  • Close By

    Just a few doors down is Pizza al Volo (Campo Santa Margherita 2944), which offers affordable, fresh slices for take-away.

Caffè Rosso User Reviews

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Venice's young and alternative crowd
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
I liked the crowd here because it was mostly intellectually-inclined, Berlusconi-bashing and communism-supporting Italian students (thus the red theme, I think…). And these guys are always an interesting crowd. Here at the café, it was totally okay to lean over to the next table to ask about the latest election, the corruption caused by the mafia and Italy’s tricky relationship with women. The openness to discussion and debate made Caffe Rosso a perennial favorite; not many bars in Venice are so friendly to foreigners, or appreciative when they try to join into a conversation. I was never here at night, but as a place to spend the afternoon engrossed in a discussion, this is the best I’ve found in Venice.
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