The Best of Venice Nightlife

It may not be home to the most clubs and pubs, but you can go to some great bars across Venice.

Harry’s Bar might be the most famous of the lot, as it’s where both the Bellini cocktail and carpaccio were invented. The trendy joint has been around since the 1930s and has seen some notable regulars over the years, including Ernest Hemingway. It’s grand and oozing with a slick Italian charm that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Take the party to the roof and go to the Skyline at the Hilton Molino Stucky, which is a great place to enjoy a cocktail. It sits at the tip of Giudecca Island and if you time your visit right, you can watch the sun go down over the lagoon as you sip on your drink.

El Chioschetto on the Giudecca Canal is about the size of a vending machine. Quirky and compact, that doesn’t stop the magical kiosk churning out endless cocktails and bar snacks. It’s outside seating only, but with amazing views of the water and jazz in the air that’s all you need.

If you’re keeping an eye on the budget but want to go out for a few spritzers, Bacareto Da Lele is perfect. Another small joint, it sits on the corner of Campo dei Tolentini and you’ll spill out onto the streets while you’re there.

You may have paid your respects at the Basilica but have you paid your penance at the ‘holy drinker’? That’s the nickname for restaurant Il Santo Bevitore. All arches and coves, it’s a popular place for dinner and drinks, where you can sample over 20 different types of beer and watch live music.

If you want to go dancing, head to the Zaza Club or the Piccolo Mondo Dance Club, both open until 4am. You’ll need to head over to the Lido if you want anything later, which is a short boat ride away.