Crowded with young patrons and located close to the Cà Foscari campus of Venice's University, not far from the Galleria dell'Accademia, Piccolo Mondo or 'El Souk' attracts many students. Featuring hippest DJs and open till late, it makes for a good place to dance the night away. As the name suggests, the interior is arabesque, with lots of low lighting. There are theme nights, like, 80s night and Latin American night when the place takes on a new life. The students seem to enjoy whatever is put on. There is no entry fee and it is one of the very few places in Venice where it is possible to dance.
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.
The Rialto Market is such a vast place with its tiny alleyways that it is known to get shoppers thirsty as well as hungry! If you happen to be experiencing such a situation, then just ask around for building no. 213 and make a beeline for it. Do not be surprised if you don't find chairs to sit on, because the norm at Al Marca is to grab your order and leave. Or you could also grab a drink with your sandwich, if you are not in a hurry. Try the domestic wines on offer which are sure to impress the locals around you at the counter. After their initial nod of approval, maybe you could strike up a conversation about other interesting places around.
Tucked away amid the old Cinema Rossini and Rialto Bridge in a by-lane is a charming wine bar. Opened in 1936, Enoteca Al Volto is a shrine for wine lovers and connoisseurs. Touted to be the oldest of its kind in Venice, the over 1000 rotating Italian and foreign wines are not the only thing that will bedazzle you. The vintage wooden accents and its impressive old wine labeled ceiling will definitely spellbind you. You will find classic reds, fruity whites and fizzy ones that are of excellent quality. If you get flummoxed, their expert staff will guide you to the right vino. Savor some tasty Venetian food with your drink to complete your wining and dining experience. They accept payment only by cash
Overlooking the Chiesa di Santi Geremia e Lucia in Campo San Geremia, Irish Pub Santa Lucia is tucked away amidst many hotels around the square. A local favorite since 1995, it is a nice spot to have beer, catch live sporting events on their massive screens and enjoy good music. Take a sip draft brews, ciders, bottled beers, wine or cocktails and nibble on tasty sandwiches. This quaint sports bar is often visited by celebrated writers, artists and musicians.
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.
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.
The Gabbiano or the Seagull Bar as its known is the main bar at The Hotel Cipriani. It is located strategically near the Fortuny Restaurant, perfect for that aperitif with friends or even an after-dinner digestif if you like. The choices in alcohol at the bar will certainly amaze you, right from a variety of brandies, whiskeys, malts, cocktails, liqueurs, vodka's, gins: the list is endless! This place is a favorite with locals and A-listers: expect a classy and polished crowd at all times.