Venice is best for...
Evenings out: With so much to see, be ready to explore in streets of Venice both in the day and evening
Outdoor parties: Venetian bars can be quite small and quaint, so the parties will often end up on the streets
Unbelievable experiences: From orchestras to gondola rides, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the evening
Language: The language spoken in Venice is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Venice is the Euro (€)
Local time: Venice is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Venice's main airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport
The glory of Venice nightlife is wandering the labyrinth-like streets and finding the many little bars and restaurants. Make sure you have a good lunch so that even after a day of exploring, you’re raring to go come the evening.
Once the sun goes down, stroll Venice’s streets to discover the city’s mystery, magic and midnight antics. As with any European city, there are lots of bars to discover, but in Venice, they tend to be on the small and quaint side, and the party’s often out on the streets. Many great bars are located around the Rialto, and you’ll discover some of your favourites accidentally.
Starting from Piazza Roma, catch a vaporetto right down to San Marco so that you can see the entire city glimmering in the still water. This is one of the best ways to start a night out in Venice as the city looks very different once the sun goes down. Behind San Marco square the streets are filled with bars and little takeout shops selling pizza slices and stromboli as well as boutiques that are open until late.
Venice’s many districts drift seamlessly into one another and sometimes it’s easy to forget you’ve crossed the Grand Canal as you walk over bridges every street or two. Finding yourself in Guidecca or Cannaregio means even more bars and trattorias where a glass of wine or a beer is waiting.
With jazz clubs, cocktail bars and concerts, there’s plenty to do here every night, and you’ll soon find you’ve walked many miles without noticing. After all, there’s always something magical waiting around the next corner.
City breaks to Venice might be filled with masks, gondolas and pizza, but don’t forget this city’s chocolate shops. Open until the early hours, a little late night hot drink made from pure melted chocolate and cream is a great way to taste the artisan nature of this beautiful place.
There’s lots to experience with Venice nightlife, from orchestra numbers in the Piazza San Marco to romantic gondola rides under the Rialto. Venice is undoubtedly an expensive city for nightlife, but it’s not a place where you’ll be going through drinks at speed. The way to enjoy night time in Venice is walking the endless streets, stopping at whichever bar takes your fancy and then moving on again.
Hop on a vaparetto and ride it all the way down to the San Marco stop where anyone who loves old-school glamour will want to immediately go to Harry’s Bar. This 1930s bar might be the most famous of all of Venice’s nightlife, as it’s where both the Bellini cocktail and carpaccio were invented. Ernest Hemingway was a fan of Harry’s along with Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote, and Charlie Chaplin. It’s grand and suave, with a slick Italian charm that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
If you follow the winding streets from the Rialto west along the Grand Canal, you’ll find Al Volto, which is simply paradise for wine lovers. The oldest wine bar in Venice, Al Volto has a wonderful interior and hundreds of wines on offer. With typically Italian snacks and great recommendations from the bar staff, a visit here is an essential part of your Venice nightlife tour. On your way back to the hotel, find a little late night gelataria for a gelato to finish off your evening. It’s tradition.