Let’s be totally frank, the Venice concert scene is amazing if you love classical music, but beyond that there aren’t exactly a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to concerts in Venice.
Even though many of its major concert halls are devoted to arias and operettas, however, these same stunning and historic old concert halls do mix things up a bit throughout the year, and are known to host well-known rock and acoustic concerts.
The gorgeous Grande Teatro is an especially good bet, although alternative music lovers really luck out in February when the Heineken Jammin live music festival draws thousands to the Parco San Giuliano for some of the biggest bands in the world.
Other concert venues include Palazzetto Bru Zane, the multi-floored and multi-use Palaverde – known for drawing in some pretty stellar DJs if it’s not hosting a basketball game – and the lone heavy metal mecca the Night Raider Club.
Al Vapore, meanwhile, is a great place to hear some guitar, from blues to jazz to Motown to funk, and Il Ristoro (despite being a fairly basic pub) turns the live music up nightly from its sizable stage.
If nothing on the concert calendar looks good, however, it’s hard to beat a night in St. Mark's Square chilling to enthusiastic local musicians who routinely play their own impromptu Venice concerts beneath the stars.