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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Al Chioschetto

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While this popular place consists only of a kiosk set up to serve some outdoor tables, it is located on the Zattere, and thus provides...

Il Caffè

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Commonly called "Bar Rosso" for its bright-red exterior, Il Caffè has far more tables outside than inside. A favorite with students...

Imagina

  • Bars/Pubs

Just off Campo Santa Margherita toward the Ponte dei Pugni, this bar draws a more mature and sophisticated Venetian clientele than the...

Impronta

  • Cafes–Nightlife

One of the rare locales that has a kitchen serving until midnight also offers a bar menu until 2. It's also a good spot for nightcap—you...

Margaret Duchamp

  • Cafes–Nightlife

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

Orange

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Senso Unico

  • Bars/Pubs

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...

Venice Jazz Club

  • Bars/Pubs

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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