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...

B Bar Lounge

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

This room in the Hotel Bauer is multipurpose: it functions more like a lounge on weekdays and an intimate dance club complete with a...

Caffè Baglioni

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Just outside Piazza San Marco (near Museo Correr), Hotel Luna Baglioni's pleasant cafe is perfect for an intimate chat in the cold winter...

Caffè Centrale

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A late-night, chilled-out crowd that looks more Hollywood than Venice assembles in this former movie theater. You'll find classic (if...

Corte dell'Orso

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

It is easy to see why this place is popular with the locals, offering fairly priced cocktails, a reasonable assortment of cicheti, and...

Enoiteca Mascareta

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Wander the long calle from Santa Maria Formosa to find this welcome spot where you're sure to find the light on. Choose from one of...

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...


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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...


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The popular Italo-Irish pub Innishark, located midway between San Marco and Rialto, is known for its variety of international beers.

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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