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... ... read full review
Dorsoduro 1056, Accademia
Daily 10pm–4am (Closed January and occasional Mondays)
Dorsoduro, Venice –
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 granted access, patrons enter into the bizarre retro world of this (in)famous venue with a style all its own.
In operation since the early 60s, the club’s dusty décor hasn’t changed much since the heady days of disco when pink and salmon walls accented by red leather and brass rails constituted sex appeal.
Around midnight, the diverse clientele of surprisingly clean-cut club-goers, some dressed in full club gear, begins to trickle in, and by 1am the expert DJ has elevated everyone’s disco fever to dangerous levels.
Patrons who need to cool down can head to the front bar or squeeze onto one of the overstuffed sofas on the perimeter.
Overall, though, there’s really only one thing for guests to do at Piccolo Mondo, and that’s to test out their wildest moves amid the strobe lights and swirling fog on the small dance floor – and that’s just what they do, making sure to catch fleeting reflections of themselves in the mirrored walls and shiny mini-stripper poles.
When you arrive, just ring the brass bell by the door. You may have to wait several minutes while the owner sizes you up through the peep hole, but lingering outside in the narrow alley just heightens Piccolo Mondo’s quirky mystique. Large parties should call ahead during business hours to reserve space.
Diverse, well-dressed, good-humored, and kind of silly, 20s to 40s.
DJ plays tunes to match the crowd, often a blend of house, techno, Latin, Italian pop, and R&B.
Entrance to the club is at the discretion of the owners and doorman, who often grant admittance based on the type of atmosphere they want to create and/or how potential guests will mix with the patrons already in the club.
They may deny entrance to those who are inappropriately dressed or who appear inebriated.
Cover charge €10, includes one drink. Beer €8, mixed drinks €9–€10.
Smart casual or clubwear. Excessively risqué attire discouraged.
Gets going every night after midnight.
There are many pre-club bars in the nearby Campo Santa Margherita.