On my second visit to Venice I met a friend for some pub crawling. As there aren't any Italian pubs in Venice and we were in need of proper beer we decided to check out the local British and Irish Pub scene.
The Devil's Forest is a British pub with the typical dark wooden interior and coloured glass windows. They even have an old red English telephone box. The atmosphere is relaxed and it looks like many travellers come here to enjoy a pint or two.
On tap are various international beers from Irish, German, Belgium to Danish. Expect to pay around 4,20 Euro for a pint of Irish beer (2005). A limited range of pub food is available as well.
Some people said that the main problem of Venice is not have a night. I went every night to drink a glass in great atmospheres. The best one was on Saturday. We start in Ruca Rialto, like described above was great. Then we went to see St. Mark Square: really bored at night. Some painters with their works, some people walking and nothing else. When we return to Ruga Degli Orefici (the street next to Rialto Bridge in S. Polo) the atmosphere still in the best. There are a few bars. Try one. And then we can say: the night in Venice can be very interesting.
We came here every night to drink a glass of wine. It was always full, mostly with Italian young people. It has a great atmosphere and the people were very nice. They recommend us a local drink called Spritz. Try it. And you can drink a glass of wine for 1€… On Saturday night you can taste different antipastos and the atmosphere is even better. At the same time St. Mark Square was empty…
I have returned to this eatery every time I come to Venice. The staff is youthfull and just trying to make some fun while they work. The prices are working girl/boy prices so you can meet up with locals and not have to spend an arm and leg like other places in Venice. Some seating is available but many stand around outside and on benches.
Dress Code: Venices example of student/hippie chic. You can roll up on your skateboard and rub shoulders with the dreadlock crowd or young proffessionals
WHILE IN VENICE WE FOUND A GREAT LITTLE BAR TO SIT OUTSIDE AT AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY PLUS GIVE YOUR POOR FEET A CHANCE TO COOL DOWN FROM ALL THAT WALKING. LA CANTINA IS ON THE STRADA NOVA JUST OVER PONTE SAN FELICE IN THE CANNAREGIO DISTRICT. THE BAR STAFF ARE VERY FRIENDLY STOPPING TO HAVE A CHAT
AND MAKE YOU FEEL VERY WELCOME.
BAR PRICES ARE NOT BAD AT ALL BY VENICE STANDARDS..WE HAD A PINT OF BEER AND A GLASS OF VERY NICE WHITE WINE FOR UNDER 10 EURO.
NOT BAD PRICES AND A GREAT SPOT TO PEOPLE WATCH TO BOOT, WE STOPPED AT THIS BAR QUITE A FEW TIMES ON OUR TRIP TO VENICE AND WOULD SO AGAIN WHEN WE RETURN TO VENICE.
Dress Code: CASUAL.
Wow amazing. It was like stepping back in time to enter this Casino. First if you are waling there it is off the beaten path. IF you take the shuttle from the Train Station it takes you right to the dock for the casino. We had fun playing roulette here. Its not at all like the casino in Vegas its like stepping back twenty years. Here they play for real not for fun. Italians are not allowed to gamble. You must bring your passport to get a ticket for play. IT costs 10 Euro to get a ticket but they in return give you a ten euro chip to play with. We had fun here cause we won but it was a nice time for those who like casinos.The website for casino doesnt have any additional info such as address. If you want more info you can email my VT account and I will reply.It is in the Carnieggo West. It is on the right if you are walking from the train station. Just past the third bridge you cross when coming from the train station. Its marked with a very small sign that is easy to miss. (We missed it)
Dress Code: Jacket Required for guys. IF you dont have one once you get your ticket you will proceed to the coat room where for a 50 euro deposit they will let you borrow one of the house jackets. We did not know this when we got there and the people there werent to friendly to tell us the rule. They give you the jacket and when you bring it back you get your 50 euro back....
il muretto is a niteclub which specialises in house music and has regular visits from the worlds top house Djs such as sasha, paul oakenfield etc etc... very expensive but worth every penny.
gasoline roadbar is the equivalent to jumping jacks in the uk... drinks prices are average and entry is free. (also check out the small beach bar behind it, i can't remember the name of it)
vanilla is a niteclub next to aqualand, and this plays various types of music from house to hip hop. prices for this place are between the price of il muretto and gasoline. (regular bus service runs here)
Dress Code: just don't go looking like a tramp!!!
If you’ve still got some money left after a coffee in St. Marks Sq and the obligatory gondola ride, this has to be another must do Venice experience, even if not many people know about it.
Hotel Cipriani is a 5 star hotel over on the island of La Giudecca. Short of sleeping with as many Hollywood directors as possible, this will be your only chance at living the life of a film star. Take the hotels private motor launch (probably the most well presented boat and driver in Venice) from the small jetty just to the right of St. Marks Sq. This will drop you in the impressive gardens of the hotel and San Giorgio bar, and although the best views are reserved for diners, you can still soak up the atmosphere and live music.
For views of Venice, you'll need a dinner reservation at Cips Club on the other side of the hotel.
Drinks (mostly cocktails) are about 15 - 20 euros each, so a round for two comes in at a wallet stinging 40 euros (£27), but you've also had a return trip on the best motor launch in Venice, and unsurpassed water views of the Palazzo Ducale & Square as well as the hotel experience.
Dress Code: One of the best hotels in the world, so hotel guests are obviously stylish and wealthy. Turning up in a West Ham football shirt will generally be frowned upon. And not just because of your dubious taste in teams.
The coolest restaurant / bar in Venice by a country mile - mainly as there is VERY little competition...
This old cinema has undergone a dramatic transformation combining old with new to create a bar that could hold its own in New York or London. Original brick arches and walls are lit by recessed candles, with the contemporary feel provided by stainless steel, glass and minimal black décor. Bar glows garish pink like something from a 1980’s Miami discothèque
Restaurant also has one of the best tables in Venice – sealed off from the rest of the dining area by double glazed doors, it sits alone on a protruding jetty with views of a quiet stretch of canal. Don’t know if you pay a premium to use it (most likely do), but I imagine it is reserved every night Centrale is open.
Price of about 9 – 10 euros a drink as expected for Venice and quality of surroundings.
Dress Code: None
Piccolo Mondo is the longest opening discoteque/ night club in Venice and has been open since 1963. Originally named ‘El Souk’ by Peggy Guggenheim and if you ask for directions most Venetians still know it by that name.
Orginally in the 60s it was nothing more than a small area for artists to meet, drink and show off their works. It the late 70s it was transformed into a modern disco. Obviously since then it has undergone several refurbishments and is still the number 1 night venue choice for Venetians and tourists alike.
After the recent closure of Casanova and Martini, from 2007 this will be the only night club in Venice.
Ring the bell at the door to get in.
It costs 10 Euro to get in and you get a free drink with the entrance fee. The music varies from disco 70s80s, RnB, Dance, Hip Hop and Live performances.
Its quite small inside but cosy and the walls are covered with pictures of celebritys who regularly visit the club such as Mick Jagger and Grace Jones.
People should be aware that smoking is no longer permitted inside bars or discos in Venice and you will have to stand outside to have your smoke which can be a little bit of a 'drag' if the weather isn't good.
Piccolo Mondo is also ok in the summer as there is air conditioning, a good place to get out the heat.
The crowd is of a mixed aged and there is normally a mixture of nationalities.
Its a very safe place and if you are a group of young men or get really intoxocated, you probaly won't be let in. So in this case, go to the bars in Campo Santa Margherita close by and find some girls to bring with you or just don't drink too much.
It opens at 11pm and closes at 4am, its usually better to arrive around 12-1 when it gets a little more busier.
Dress Code: No Sports wear, shorts etc
Known as 'Bar Rosso' because of its bright-red exterior. This is much quieter than Blue with a wood panel interior. Great Spritz!
Dress Code: A bit more upscale then Blue- the age runs b/w 30-40 (Blue has more 20 year olds).
It must have been all the beer! I cannot remember the name of this place, but they had bright yellow curtains and tablecloths. They also had humongous 1 litre beers! Super excellent! And they were cold. Can’t beat that. This is within eyesight of the North East corner of St Marks Square. If you do find the name of this place, please let me know. Enjoy the beer!
Dress Code: Who cares.
One thing that you must to do, when you are in Venice is hope to find the snow.
I like the snow, and i think you don't can miss this particular event!!!
Ok is dificult to foresee, but if you are in Venice with the snow, for me is like a dream, is perfect, is a vision that only less time you can enjoy.
The stone become white, and you see another city for less hour.....infact the next day maybe normal, the Snow is loose and the dream is sweep away:(
I hope for you to find e live this one time....
At nightfall, the vibes change in Venice. You start walking more cautiously around hidden corners and in labyrinth alleys, watching your step, hearing hushed voices and water lapping at boats that you can't see, near you yet sounding so far. The crowds are still out in the main piazzas but just beyond, it's eerily silent. The cries of boatmen or waiters calling out to each other sometimes pull you back, but mostly it's quiet. This peace felt intriguing and kept our senses on alert.
I can't imagine going inside anywhere for entertainment, in Venice. The atmosphere outside is filled with promise... just the thought of leaving it all to get back to my room to sleep is unbearable!
I ate dinner outside in a small square, with two friends. We were in a jolly mood & could have gone on partying but the restaurant closed early. The owner told us a woman who lived above his establishment often threw water on diners below!
Luckily, there was dancing music on Piazza San Marco. One of my friends teaches the tango in Argentina and the other is an afficionado so when La Cumparcita started, they took the floor, the grandest floor I ever saw! I stood by and answered questions from the admiring group of Sicilian honeymooners beside me. How did I know these guys? How come they were so good? Was I their impresario? Did we go around the world with our show? They couldn't believe we'd just met in Bologna and had hit the road together, with no particular plans. I have a tape of it all, I sound so proud you'd think I taught my Argentinian friend how to tango! I didn't but he dances so intently, we were all struck in wonder.
Even the vaporetto ride across to La Giudecca was a magic moment. Shimmering lights and shadows, San Marco peeling away too soon. It was hard to get to sleep. Maybe I'm grateful for that curfew, just in time for the wonderful regret...
Five minutes from the Rialto Bridge & not very far from Devil's Forest is Fiddler's Elbow. Apparently it's called "the Irish pub" by the locals. You could almost call this a chain-bar as there Fiddler's Elbow bars in Florence and Rome. They tell me that the satellite TV here is the only satellite TV in Venice with all channels: Sky, American, sports, music, whatever. In summer, there's also live outdoor music. It's open daily 5pm to 12:30am.
Dress Code: Smart casual
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