Bars in Venice

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With plenty of great bars, Venice has historically been a city for drinkers—navigating all those canals is, after all, thirsty work. The area around ... Read More

With plenty of great bars, Venice has historically been a city for drinkers—navigating all those canals is, after all, thirsty work. The area around the Rialto has been packed with rough-and-ready bacari drinking holes since the Middle Ages, and some of today’s most popular spots, like Cantina Do Spade, have been there for centuries. And although newer places, like El Rèfolo, may be more modern in looks, most Venice bars are traditional in spirit: laid-back places where travelers pop in to stand at the bar for a quick ombra (small glass of wine) and a few cicheti (snacks) en route to somewhere else. Expect to pay a supplement for table service.

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  • Ai Do Draghi

    Small but perfectly formed, this tiny bar on buzzy Campo Santa Margherita, which recently got a modern makeover, has a fantastic mix of wines (mostly... Read More

  • Ai Rusteghi

    The miniature jugs hanging above the counter? Those would be for the regulars at this lovely little wine bar, which manages to keep a local crowd... Read More

  • Bancogiro

    One of many bars lining the Campo San Giacometto, wedged on the edge of the Grand Canal under the Rialto Bridge, Bancogiro serves well-priced wines and... Read More

  • Bar Dandolo

    Who'd say no to a cocktail in a 14th-century palace built for a doge? The Hotel Danieli's bar, which spills over into the main reception room of Doge... Read More

  • Cantina Do Spade

    If it's good enough for Casanova, who used to bring potential conquests here, this bar tucked behind the Rialto fish market is good enough for you. One... Read More

  • El Refolo

    From its well-sourced wines and restaurant-level snacks, this chic little bar, relatively far from the tourist trail in Castello, is an absolute delight... Read More

  • Estro

    One of the new generation of upscale wine bars springing up in La Serenissima, funky Estro opened in 2014 specializing in well-curated wines and gourmet... Read More

  • L'Ombra del Leone

    Prime views of the Madonna della Salute church across the Grand Canal are generally relegated to expensive hotel bars; this is a rare exception. The bar... Read More

  • Local

    This chic wine bar and lunch spot opened in late 2015 courtesy of the team behind Ristorante Wildner. Like its older sibling, the focus is on... Read More

  • Majer

    This lovely chain from Trentino has eight branches across the city, all of which function as a bar, bakery, and trattoria wrapped into one. All branches... Read More

  • Osteria Da Bacco

    Not to be confused with a similarly named restaurant in Cannaregio, this lively little bar in the maze of streets behind Piazza San Marco (a block... Read More

  • Skyline

    The service is sharp, the drinks strong, but you're really coming here for the view: indisputably the best in La Serenissima. Perched atop the Hilton... Read More

  • Teamo

    In the morning it's a plush café, at lunchtime it's a great spot for restaurant-level food at bar prices, and in the evening it's a chic wine bar—there... Read More

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