Party Earth Review A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars. Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been a meeting... ... read full review
Fondamenta della Misericordia
M/W–Sa 6pm–2am, Su noon–3pm and 6pm–2am
Cannaregio, Venice –
A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars.
Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been a meeting point for the socially conscious for over thirty years and has seen the beginnings of many social movements.
Brightly illuminated and buzzing with life, the well-worn rustic décor seems to speak of its own history through its murals, scarred wood paneling and tarnished copper, sloping, patchy floors, and large central hearth around which patrons gather to enjoy the warm, convivial atmosphere and family-style service.
Out front, tables line the walkway along the canal where a young crowd mingles with wine glasses in hand.
The highlight of any evening at Il Paradiso Perduto is watching the local band gather around the grand piano to regale the crowd with classic melodies that inspire patrons to sing along.
There is certainly a particular energy and spirit here not found in many other places in the city, so guests should order some wine, strike up a conversation with the eclectic locals, and plan to settle in to enjoy the charm of a real Venetian night on the town.
To do this place justice, go for dinner and stay the rest of the night, because this upbeat eatery and its gregarious crowd can coax anyone into a cheerful, outgoing mood. It’s not unusual to share a meal with neighboring diners, so when the big platter of typical Venetian pasta is placed in the center of the communal table, chime in with a hearty Buon appetito! and dig in.
Friendly, earthy locals, mid-20s and up.
Although there is no set schedule, the bar hosts frequent live music including jazz, Latin, and bossa nova.
Appetizers, pasta, second courses, and Venetian specialties. House wine. Kitchen open until 10:30pm.
Appetizers €7–€14, pasta €9–€14, second courses €15–€25. Beer €2–€3, wine €10/liter.
Any night around 10pm, especially when there’s live music.