Campo Santa Margherita

Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area / Square
Campo Santa Margherita Located near both the University of Venice and Ca' Foscari University, Campo Santa Margherita has earned a reputation as the primary nightlife area in Venice, and particularly caters to the area's high-spirited student population... Venice Italy 45.4341984 12.3234194
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Campo Santa Margherita - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area | Square in Venice.
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Party Earth Review Located near both the University of Venice and Ca’ Foscari University, Campo Santa Margherita has earned a reputation as the primary nightlife area in Venice, and particularly caters to the area’s high-spirited student... ... read full review

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    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Campo Santa Margherita Review

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Located near both the University of Venice and Ca' Foscari University, Campo Santa Margherita has earned a reputation as the primary nightlife area in Venice, and particularly caters to the area's high-spirited student population...

Located near both the University of Venice and Ca’ Foscari University, Campo Santa Margherita has earned a reputation as the primary nightlife area in Venice, and particularly caters to the area’s high-spirited student population.

The square’s boisterous activity, helped along by a dozen small bars open every night until 2am, makes this campo the destination for young people.

By day, however, the square also teems with local residents running errands and buying fresh fruit, bread, herbs, and fish from the small vendors, as well as throngs of visitors who take a break on the benches under the canopy of trees to watch the bustling parade of daily life.

In the evening, the square sees an equally busy passage of commuters who often stop at one of the bars for a quick snack and a Venetian spritz before continuing home.

Later at night, the bars and outdoor cafés start buzzing with a diverse crowd of twenty-somethings looking for late-night drinks and animated conversation among friends.

Anyone looking for an eclectic crowd and a high-energy vibe will certainly find it in Campo Santa Margherita – morning, noon, or night.

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Tip from Jonah:

This high-spirited square offers a variety of vibes and social scenes – from laid-back impromptu music jams to the buzz of overflowing bars. It’s best to start at one corner and just make the complete rounds from venue to venue.

  • Crowd

    All types and ages by day, laid-back students and young professionals by night, late teens to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Shopping, dining, people-watching, and street performers. There are also some art galleries in the area. Occasional holiday markets and staged performances, especially during Carnevale.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Food stands offer pizza, kebabs, and gelato. Several restaurants and bars serve salads, sandwiches, and snacks.

  • Prices

    Pizza €2+/slice, sandwiches €1.30–€4. Beer €2.50–€5.50, wine €2–€3, cocktails €5–€7, mixed drinks €4, Venetian spritz €2, coffee €1–€3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for an open-air party atmosphere, and any weekday evening during the academic year.

  • Close By

    Just over the bridge from the main square is Crosera San Pantalon, home to the long-time favorite hotspots Café Blue (Dorsoduro 3778) and Café Noir (Dorsoduro 3805).

Campo Santa Margherita User Reviews

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Locals prefer Rosso
Antonio B. Apr 22, 2013
If you got lost all day in the Venetian streets, you feel tired and you want to have a drink in a place full of young locals, then go to Campo Santa Margherita. That's the perfect place for having a spritz (traditional wine-based cocktail made with Prosecco wine + Campari or Aperol) sitting in one of the five bars opened till late in one of the biggest Venice's squares. Tourists usually prefer pubs like DuChamp or Madigan's, where you can find Guinness, football matches and rock music. But - as a local - I suggest you to melt into the crowd of young and go to Caffé Rosso or La Bifora, where you can have a spritz garnished with a slice of orange and an olive for just 2 euros.
See the "real" Venezia
Lisa H. Apr 10, 2013
Get away from St. Marks, run down alleys that are far away from the throngs of people and learn of a different, quieter Venice, full of smaller canals with silent wooden boats, little wine bars, and Italians singing songs of graduations from the local school. See the Venetians nightlife. With lower, more sensible prices, this square is where those that call Venice home go to relax and have a bit of fun. The big square is full of bars and restaurants very popular with the local students, and this is the only place in Venice (a city with no nightlife) where the bars stay open until early morning. During the day, the piazza turns to an incredible place to people watch as they stroll along for their afternoon walk. See children playing, and the typical gatherings of the old Italian men come to life. Perfect area to get that perfect culture photo. You do not want to miss this diamond in the rough.
Venice's nightlife in one concentrated area...
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
Like many tourists seduced by the much more obvious nightlife in cities like Florence and Rome, Venice doesn’t seem like as exciting a nightspot. But Campo Santo Margherita—which seems identical to many other squares in Venice—comes alive when the day-tripping tourists go home and the rest of the town goes to sleep. Venice is still a living city with a vibrant university and artistic community, and many of them congregate in this Campo. We usually started out with a bottle of vino in the square before heading to Orange, our bar of choice when we were visiting here.
Fun area at night
Jody P. Dec 3, 2012
There isn't a whole lot to do in Venice. It is a beautiful city (although i've heard that it smells pretty bad in the summer heat) and it has a lot of history, but it is not really known for its nightlife. Campo Santa Margherita is where you can find the young crowd partying in the evenings. There are a handful of cute bars so you can bar hop through the square and it got pretty crowded when I was there. I had a good time but there wasn't really anything spectacular about this neighborhood. It was one of our few options for something to do after dinner while we were in Venice.
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