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Things we love:

The Spritz was created here and it’s totally acceptable to drink them at any hour of the day.

Cicchetti aka. delicious free mini bar snacks. Life-changing.

Gondolas, sorry, but we do…

The many, many side streets and hidden canals, it’s where you find the best bars so take a map and get exploring.

Things we wish we’d known:

If it rains, Venice becomes one big lagoon.

An average of 50,000 tourists hit St Mark’s Square every day. YEAH, it’s busy.

When it gets hot those canals kinda stink, go in the spring or autumn!

Try and order a cappuccino after midday and you’ll get laughed out of the café, espresso is how the Venetians do it.

Don’t touch any restaurant with a ‘tourist menu’. Just don’t.

Best bars in Venice
Best bars in Venice
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Al Mercà
Al Mercà

Come 6pm aka. apperitvo hour this teeny little hole-in-the-wall bacari in Rialto is the hottest joint in town. No freakin’ wonder when it serves up the Venetian fave Aperol Spritz for just over two euro and glasses of house wine Read More

Al Prosecco
Al Prosecco

This bar does exactly what it says on the tin, and then some. Al Prosecco in Campo San Giacomo is a neighbourhood classic in the fringes of Venice. Tables shaded by trees sit out in the Campo and with a Read More

Bacaro Jazz
Bacaro Jazz

If Venice has run your bank account dry then all you gotta do for free drinks is hand over your bra and let them hang it with their collection on the ceiling. Easy (boys bring easy dates). Who knew that Read More

Bar Longhi
Bar Longhi

Inside the ridiculously plush Palace is the sexiest bar in Venice, hell maybe even Europe. Plus The Queen stays here when she’s in this hood, and if it’s good enough for the Queen… Decadence hits a whole new level in here Read More

Bar Terrazza Danieli
Bar Terrazza Danieli

First up, this bar is within one of Venice’s fanciest hotels so dress the part, the bartenders sure have. Inside it’s all old school glamour with a beautiful dark wood bar, pimping chandeliers and mirrored ceilings so perfect if you Read More

Café Noir
Café Noir

If you want tattooed chicks, black décor and an escape from the grandeur that is most of Venice then hit Café Noir. It stands out from the crowd in the Santa Margherita area with its divey basement vibes. Don’t be Read More

Caffe Florian
Caffe Florian

This is the godfather of all bars in Venice, harking way back to 1720, Casanova (yeah, that one), Goethe, Lord Byron and Goldoni got crunk here so you should too. Brush past the tables in St. Mark’s square, ignore the band Read More

Caffe Rosso
Caffe Rosso

All the red façade says is ‘Caffe’ in big white letters, but this joint is lovingly known as ‘Il Rosso’ by the locals who pack it out. Tucked into the surrounding walls of the Campo Santa Margherita, one of Venice’s Read More

Enoteca Al Volto
Enoteca Al Volto

Tucked away down a cobbled side street behind the Grand Canal hides Al Volto; Venice’s oldest wine bar where you can take a step back in time to 1936. This wine bar is basically made entirely of wine, seriously. The Read More

Generator Bar
Generator Bar

Thought Venice was just about swanky hotels and overpriced cocktails? Think again. Super cool hostel Generator has opened up on Guidecca island, right across from St Mark’s Square, and it’s brought some hip traveller vibes with it. The bar is where Read More

Harry’s Bar
Harry’s Bar

It doesn’t get more classic than Harry’s bar, this is Venice’s oldest cocktail joint and it’s got to be one of the most iconic bars in the world. It was even declared a national landmark a few years back. Do Read More

Margaret DuChamp
Margaret DuChamp

First up, this café-brasserie-bar is Venice’s ultimate people watching spot so go ALL Italian chic and wear big sunnies. If you wanna be in the hustle and bustle of street life then this bar, bang in the middle of Campo Read More

MQ10
MQ10

Just when you thought Venice was a bit 50 years ago.. welcome MQ10 to the Cannaregi scene; it’s the old Jewish ghetto where the students, locals and cool kids of Venice are at. Modern is the name of the game and Read More

Oriental Bar at Hotel Metropole
Oriental Bar at Hotel Metropole

Standing loud and proud on the Grand Canal the Oriental Bar is part of the uber-famous Hotel Metropole. Swing a left as you enter and you’ll be sucked into the genie’s lamp. This bar, decked out in red velvet, smells of Read More

Osteria I Rusteghi
Osteria I Rusteghi

Now BarChick doesn’t like to pick favourites but this may just become your favourite wine bar in Europe, if you can find it that is. Hidden in a courtyard between San Marco and Rialto, Ai Rustenghi sure ain’t somewhere Read More