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The best bars and nightlife in Venice

Whether you’re just after an aperitivo or three or you’re itching for a dance, Venice will keep you entertained

Join the hip young things at Santo Bevitore © Olivia Rutherford

Where to go out in Venice

You could be forgiven for thinking that Venice – outside the carousing tourist crowds in the Piazza San Marco – goes to bed at 9pm. But there is evening entertainment in the lagoon city if you know where to look – and if you learn the Venetian approach to a good night out.

It all kicks off earlier than you might be used to with the aperitivo ritual, which for locals means a post-work ombra (small glass of wine) or spritz (or two, or five…), taken with a cicheto (tapas-like snack) for sustenance. Join the throng of young-ish creative types at establishments at the north-west foot of the Rialto Bridge, such as hole-in-the-wall Al Mercà or Bancogiro. Alternatively, opt for a student-oriented crowd in Campo Santa Margherita (called ‘Il Campo’ by those in the know), where things get going early in the evening and carry on well into the night at bars such as Caffè Rosso and Orange.

Immediately around the Campo, a somewhat more mature clientele frequents bars such as El Sbarlefo and Estro in trendy San Pantalon, and friendly Osteria ai Pugni. Here too is the lively Venice Jazz Club, which offers up live performances on most evenings.

Up on the northern fondamente – the long canalside walks in the Cannaregio district – the scene changes yet again: this is where you’ll find the boho-chic crowd, in venues such as Santo Bevitore and Al Timon.

And if you’re dying to dance? Head across to the mainland, where you’ll find the Area/Beast Club or TAG in Mestre.

Venue details

Al Mercà San Polo 213, campo Cesare Battisti già Bella Vienna, 347 100 2583.
Al Timon Cannaregio 2754, fondamenta dei Ormesini, 041 524 6066.
Area/Beast Club Via Don Tosatto 9-11, Mestre, 800 110 701.
Bancogiro San Polo 122, campo San Giacomo di Rialto, 041 523 2061.
Café Rosso Dorsoduro 2963, campo Santa Margherita, 041 528 7998.
El Sbarlefo Dorsoduro 3757, calle San Pantalon, 041 524 6650.
Estro Vino e Cucina Dorsoduro 3778, calle della Scuola, 
041 476 4914.
Orange Dorsoduro 3054A, campo Santa Margherita, 041 523 4740.
Osteria ai Pugni Dorsoduro 2836, fondamenta Gherardini, 346 960 7785.
Santo Bevitore Cannaregio 2393A, campo Santa Fosca, 041 717 560.
TAG Via Giustizia 19, Mestre, 334 824 5710.
Venice Jazz Club Dorsoduro 3102, fondamenta dei Pugni, 041 523 2056.


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