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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.
Naranzaria is situated close to the picturesque Rialto Bridge and offers a magical outdoor dining experience defined by classic Mediterranean climate, gusts of fresh breeze and views of the Grand Canal. It is housed in a building dating back to the 16th Century, and while it preserves its original architecture, newer elements such as contemporary light fixtures add a touch of modernity. Through old archways, guests get a glimpse of gondolas and water taxis sailing through the beautiful waterway. The wine list includes Eastern varieties like Tokaji Aszù di Samuel Tinon and European kinds such as Bianco di Vistorta, Merlot Vistorta and Sauvignon di Villa Ronche. This restaurant also specializes in fresh seafood with dishes like Baccalà served with tomatoes and clams, and Carpaccio di Spada. It boasts of a fine cheese list comprising of Fossa, Castelmagno, Pecorino and Gorgonzola. On Sunday nights, patrons can enjoy wine and seafood to the sound of soothing live music.
Ancòra is a cocktail bar located at the intersection of Campo San Giacometto and the Erbaria. It attracts a cosmopolitan crowd and is always buzzing with patrons because of its close proximity to the Grand Canal and the Rialto Market. It is a perfect place to have a nice afternoon drink with friends, over looking the beautiful streets of Venice; sip cocktails or wine along with Brittany oysters and unwind in the city. If you arrive here in the evening, you will be welcomed to live music and aromas of great Venetian fare.
El Sbarlefo San Pantalon offers a contemporary interior decor with emphasis on geometrical shapes and patterns. Dim yellow lighting, textured walls, round tables and stools and floor-to-ceiling racks of wine bottles create a modern vibe. This bar is known for its live music and on most nights, guests can sip fine Italian wines to the sound of Blues, Bossa Nova and Jazz beats. The menu offers beverages like Raboso wine and cinnamon and mint liquor, along with cicchetti (small snacks) such as Anchovy Bruschetta and Smoked Salmon served with cheese. Check their Facebook page for the detailed schedule of musical events.
Strani has been in operation since the 1940s and is popular as a neighborhood bar where one can listen to eclectic DJ and live music. Whether you drop in for a leisurely breakfast or to get work done using their free WiFi facilities, while sipping a glass of beer, this bar will not only accommodate your needs but also uplift your mood. Bustling with locals and tourists alike, it has an exuberant vibe and often hosts themed shows. It serves cicchetti (bar snacks), fast food, meat and seafood items, along with draught beer and Prosecco wine. Check their website for a detailed schedule of events.
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.