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.
Is hard to get tired of the Venetian fare but still if your palate craves for change when in Venice, Devils Forest Pub has got everything covered for you. Located at Calle Stagneri, this English pub is a welcome break for those looking to gorge on meaty burgers and chilled beer. The atmosphere here is very lively; their bartenders are super friendly and hilarious, American as well as English football dominates the TV screen and playful paraphernalia ups the fun element. If you wish to catch on an important game while touring the historic city of Venice, Devils Forest Pub will not disappoint you.
After a long history of cafeteria, Il sole opened as a wine bar, that especially at the moment of the apertitive, servers pizza and snack. Is also a shop where is possible to buy some of the best bottle of wine. The location is right in the middle of the old center.
Le Queen is a music club and a disco placed right behind the Fiera and that extends on 600 square meters divided in two floor. It has a smoking and a VIP area and a private parking. It organizes theme's night like the University one on Wednesday, one called Be Cool on Friday and the one dedicated to the Erasmus students on Saturday. In the main room the groove that dominate are hip hop, techno and funky. To enter is necessary the CSEN card that allows to enter for free.
Locals who know the hidden secrets of Venice are regular customers of Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi, situated in the Dorsoduro district. Gaining critical acclaim on the official tourism site of Venice, this restaurant serves a selection of “cicchetti” or “light snacks,” traditional Italian food, fresh seafood, cheese and, of course, wine. It is primarily a wine shop and this small store is filled with racks of wine bottles on every side. Its menu includes items like Fennel Crostini, Dried Tuna served with Dandelion, Crema di Pistachio and Pumpkin Mascarpone. Owing to its popularity it easily gets crowded with patrons looking for the best deals on local wines.
El Refolo is as popular for its selection of wines as its beautiful outdoor seating. Guests can be seated under huge, white garden umbrellas on wicker chairs, across tables with flickering candles. Enjoy the Mediterranean climate and gusts of breeze as you relish cicchetti (small snacks), paired with the appropriate type of spritz. This restaurant and wine bar specializes in various kinds of cheese and salami and also has salads and finger sandwiches on offer. It is also active in hosting live music events, with soothing melodies playing on Friday nights and jazz beats on other evenings.
Tucked away in Calle Larga San Marco is a bar that can satiate your hunger after a long day of shopping in the city center. Bar Al Campanile has been delighting locals as well as tourists with its delicious wraps, rolls, sandwiches and refreshing coffee. This place is a gem for those who are fans of street food. Although a bit small in size they do have some seats available inside the bar but you can always take-out your order and enjoy it while exploring the city. The place is clean and portions served are generous enough to fill you for a good look around San Marco.
The wine-drinking customers of this small old-fashioned Venetian tavern seem to be from a calmer era. The décor creates a cozy tavern atmosphere through the use of wood furnishings and fittings. On Thursdays and Sundays popular jazz concerts are held. Great for a quick sandwich and a glass of red wine - there are 20 or so local wines available which are perfect for a pre-dinner drink.
Ostaria dai Zemei lies hidden from the eyes of the tourist as well as many locals, but those who chance upon this tiny snack bar get an opportunity to sample a variety of “cicchetti” or “light snacks” paired with rare Italian wines. This eatery appears more like a bakery or specialty food shop than a restaurant and its counters hold appetizing sandwiches, paninis and baked goods. The wooden racks against the wall are filled with wine glasses, white cups and plates and are covered with knick-knacks including posters and magazine cut-outs. Guests can also be seated outdoors and enjoy views of the street while sipping wine such as Tuscan Chianti, Valpolicella, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Prosecco. At this restaurant, patrons can relish snacks like Neapolitan sausage, zucchini dumpling, duck breast soaked in truffle oil and marinated anchovies.
Stylish and elegant yet casual is what perfectly describes this waterfront dining space. A lovely restaurant with a cafe like vibe, Al Gabbiano welcomes everyone to have a great time and enjoy good food. Depending on the weather, patrons can seat at the breezy patio or air conditioned interiors; there is also a beautiful terrace that offers you uninterrupted views of Venice. Coming to its menu, it is as interesting as the place, and the kitchen incorporates seasonal flavors along with fixed menu. Offering fish and meat varieties, dishes like Scampi e Calamari and Macaroni avec sauce are served here with style and smile. And, do not be hassled about the language issues, as the waiting staff speaks English, German, Russian, Arabic and quite a few foreign dialects. In a nutshell, be it a romantic rendezvous or a casual dinner, Al Gabbiano is the right choice.
Located at Campiello del Sansoni, Pizzeria Jazz Club 900 is a pizzeria as well as an interesting Jazz club. The interiors of the place is decorated with pre-owned furniture from old Venetian brothels and the atmosphere here is old fashioned. The kitchen is home to a variety of Venetian-style pizzas served at affordable prices. Enjoy your delectable pizzas in the company of soft jazz and wait for the night to pass by with a loved one. The place is very popular among locals, hence reservations are recommended.