Harry’s Bar

Once the local hangout of personalities such Ernst Hemingway, Harry’s bar – brainchild of Arrigo Cipriani – is as touristy and pricey as ever, but still worth the experience. This is where the bellini was invented so by all means try one, but if fruity cocktails aren’t your thing, be assured that their martinis are also a good bet.

  • +39 041 52 85777
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  • Calle Vallaresso 1323
    San Marco

Skyline Rooftop Bar

This sleek bar, perched at the top of the imposing Molino Stucky on the Giudecca, is graced by one of the best views on the city. Summer sunsets feel infinite from here and drinks are washed down with joyful abandon. The list of cocktails is imaginative and inspired by the spirit of the various neighbourhoods of Venice, thus presenting some good alternatives to the omnipresent spritz.

Chet Bar

Campo Santa Margherita is a favourite hangout among students and young residents, not least because it congregates some of the few bars in town that stay open until past midnight. Among them, Chet Bar is known for the extent of their cocktail list and the slightly more composed ambiance. Seize a table overlooking the campo (square) and watch the world go by.

  • +39 320 70 39533
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  • Campo Santa Margherita
    Dorsoduro 3684

Enoiteca Mascareta

This is a true Venetian institution, just like the person who runs it, the exuberant, bow-tied oste Mauro. Though it is now a restaurant, most people still see it as a wine bar and simply show up as soon as doors open around 7PM to enjoy a glass of quality wine. The by the glass list on the chalkboard focuses on wines from the region and thereby, for the most part ‘natural’ (organic and/or biodynamic). If in doubt, ask Mauro for guidance – you won’t go wrong.

  • +39 041 52 30744
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  • Calle lunga Santa Maria
    Formosa 5183

La Palanca Giudecca

Serving up the best spritzes on Giudecca, this is where locals come for a pre-lunch prosecco or campari on one of the perennially popular waterside tables.

  • +39 041 528 7719
  • Sestiere Castello 448

Harry’s Bar

Skyline Rooftop Bar, Molino Stucky

Chet Bar

Enoiteca Mascareta

La Palanca

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