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If you wish to treat yourself to a lovely brunch in a sophisticated ambiance head to Caffè Florian. Opened in 1720 this quaint cafe has a long history of entertaining arts, culture and its adherents. It is easy to find, as it is located in the middle of the piazza, underneath the Museo Correr and the Museo Archeologico. More refined than other cafes; summer sees outside tables and live music; the interior decor here is sumptuous and delicate with utmost attention paid to graceful furnishings. Even their crockery is tasteful and refined. The cafe is known for their hearty brunches, coffee and of course delicious cakes. Here, food comes on your table looking like a piece of art. Taste the best Sacher Torte in the city: a legacy of the Austrian occupation.
This is one of Venice's best restaurants and bars, and for good reasons. Saying that the service is excellent is an understatement and the menu features only the freshest and best quality ingredients. The space is somewhat small and cosy, and so, reservations are highly recommended. Harry's comes with a long, rich and interesting history. It is not only the birthplace of iconic cocktails like Bellini and Capriccio but it's also where legendary stars once dined and made merry, this long list includes big names Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Truman Capote, Peggy Guggenheim and Alfred Hitchcock, to name a few. Needless to say, Harry's Bar in San Marco makes for an interesting visit.
Bar Dandolo is the acclaimed bar of the historic Hotel Danieli. Set on the 14th-century former Palazzo Dandolo's ground floor, its Venetian glass chandeliers, marble columns, elegant fireplace, luxurious embellishments and furniture give it a majestic look. Unwind with their signature cocktails while listening to live music.
Bar Torino is a great place if you just want to have a good time with friends and sip on your drinks while the music plays to your mood. The atmosphere is subdued, the ambiance and decor are tastefully artistic and these make Torino a fun place to hangout. On Wednesday's there is a live jam session that goes through the night and so does the rounds of cocktails. So when in doubt about where to head, head to Torino and have a blast!
The Bar Longhi is among the most elegant watering holes in the romantic city of Venice. Nestled in the magnificent Gritti Palace, this intimate bar with its artisanal mirrors, Murano lamp fixtures and hand-carved kaleidoscopic counter along with paintings of its namesake famous 18th-century painter has an aura of romance and grandeur. Their seasonal terrace which is on the Grand Canal offers magnificent views that is unrivaled by any other bar. Enjoy a signature cocktail with some tasty bar-bites.
Dorsoduro is the university district and, therefore, is packed with students day and night. This is probably one of the main reasons that it is also home to so many pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants. The Café Noir is not your typical Venetian tavern because it is situated near San Apollo and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. It is also a meeting place for many alternative students and young people. The atmosphere is slightly crowded with music playing in the background. You can sit there for as long as you like with your coffee or drink. It is the ideal place to drop into after walking around the streets and alleys of Venice if you are looking for something out of the norm. The food is not exactly traditional but there is a good selection of bar food such as panini and salads. There is a good selection of wines, beers and themed drinks. You can also have an after-dinner drink or liqueur as well as one of the better-known vodka or gin cocktails.
Orange is aptly named as it is fully done up in its namesake color and its decor is accented by dark wooden flooring and spot lights. Nestled in the southern end of Campo Santa Margherita, one of the liveliest squares in town, this restaurant and lounge is frequented by hipsters, working professionals and tourists alike. It is a great spot to socialize whether it is in its trendy indoors, charming terrace, balcony or naturalistic internal garden. Take a sip of one or more of the delicious cocktails, international wines or French champagnes and relish gourmet Italian snacks. Catch the latest football game on their giant screens or loose yourself in the soothing background melodies.
Housed within the Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky, which is actually a reclaimed flour-mill building, Skyline, the rooftop bar offers some of the very best views of the Venice skyline. Serving a range of refreshing coffees, teas, hot chocolate and other specialty drinks, the bar also offers several diverse cocktails along with some scrumptious aperitifs. Sip on local classics like Bellini and Spritz, and soak in the luxurious decadence while reflecting on the glorious Venetian panoramas. Once a week, the restaurant serves a great selection of sushi, and on Saturdays the resident DJ entertains a busy Happy Hour.