A cool, neighbourhood vibe permeates this tiny canal-side bar in Cannaregio, offering a glimpse into local life far from the tourist trail. Hip, young Venetians spill outside onto the fondamenta from early afternoon until wee hours, sipping Spritz or sampling craft brews while devouring particularly tasty cicchetti and hearty sandwiches. Order at the bar and snag a wooden bench inside or, with luck on your side, a coveted outside table.
Where better to enjoy a drink than the beautiful surroundings of Venice? Nowhere better, that’s where. The best bars in Venice offer something different to boozing elsewhere in Italy, with a unique array of local traditions and no shortage of possibility for storytelling. Besides, who couldn’t love the concept of the giro d’ombre (giro means stroll and ombra is a slang term for wine). A wine stroll? Yes, please!
Many of the best bars in Venice are found outside the realm of the city’s main attractions, so bust out the walking shoes and get wandering. If they double up as dancing shoes, even better. Fill up at one of Venice’s best restaurants and then hit the bars for a night like no other.