Visiting Venice without going to Harry’s Bar is almost sacrilege. Granted, the crowds may be overwhelming, but people-watching doesn’t get better than this: the 1931 venue is a favorite with A-listers, especially during the Venice Film Festival, which runs September 2–12.
Come nightfall, young locals head to the no-frills bars around the Rialto Market. Among the most popular is Naranzaria, with a bottle-stacked bar, illuminated by Ingo Maurer lights, and outdoor chairs that overlook the Grand Canal.
Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova is perhaps Venice’s most authentic osteria. Inside, patrons fill up on Venetian cicheti such as lightly spiced meatballs, a pre-dinner favorite.
For the best view of the city, head to the Skyline Bar in the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel. Here, young professionals and artsy types sip glasses of Campari soda and Prosecco.