Venice Nightlife

Nightspots in and around Venice can be difficult to categorize. Pubs, of the English or Irish variety, with beer on tap and occasional live music, are easy enough to identify and are especially popular with local and traveling youth. When you're looking to dance, things get murkier: lounge-type piano bars generally have small dance floors, while dance clubs are scarce but may serve snacks and even

late-night meals. Bars and cafés are even harder to classify, as availability of snacks, meals, beverages, and music varies with the time of day and the season. Many also decorate their walls with works by local artists, whose paintings are for sale.

The proximity to the university makes Campo Santa Margherita and the surrounding area one of the livelier gathering places in town after dark. The Erbaria, a wide open campo running along the Grand Canal at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on the San Polo side, and the Fondamenta Misericordia in Cannaregio are two other areas that have a happening evening scene.

It's worth noting that during Carnevale many ordinary bars, which close around dinnertime the rest of the year, stay open around the clock.

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Margaret Duchamp

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The French-sounding name befits this artfully minimalist café-brasserie in Campo Santa Margherita. Classic Venetian cocktails are served...


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At the friendliest of the several bar-restaurants that line the Erbaria, near the Rialto Market, enjoy a cocktail outside along the Canal...


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Modern, hip, and complemented by an internal garden, this welcoming bar anchors the south end of Campo Santa Margherita, the liveliest...

Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi

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The city-run gambling casino in splendid Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi is a classic scene of well-dressed high rollers playing French roulette,...

Paradiso Perduto

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Paradiso Perduto has been catering to night owls since the '70s with drinks, wine, and slightly overpriced fish dishes (a better option...

Senso Unico

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This popular neighborhood hangout is decorated in wood and brick and has a couple of tables that have a great view of the canal. There...

Serra dei Giardini

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This grand, Liberty-style greenhouse sells plants and gardening equipment and serves as a well-placed café for Biennale visitors, but...

The Irish Pub

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Guinness and gab flow freely from 5 pm to 1 am. There are typically four Irish brews, plus cider, on tap, as well as sports on TV and...

Venice Jazz Club

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This spot hosts the only live jazz concerts in town; the cover gets you a concert, a table, and your first drink. They also serve cold...


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This kiosk bar is very popular on warm summer evenings with upper-class Venetians and tourists. It offers food, but that is mostly limited...