It's impossible write a recent review about nightlife in Venice cause change every season and every years! Most party are organized by the university community (not only for students!) or local group like political party with free concerts and other events.
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Raging Pub is a trendy and upbeat pub-style bar conviniently found in the very heart of Venice's nightlife scene - Campo Santa Margherita. Embelished in sports and drinking apareal, this pub provide a laid back yet lively atmosphere where anyone can kick back and have fun. With only the best in beer and spirits, whether you are looking to a good spot to relax and meet people from all over the world, have a good meal or have an unforgettable visit in Venice, a good time is always guaranteed.
Dress Code: Casual, anything you want
The best stomping ground for music bars and late-night restaurants is along the fondamenta Misericordia in Cannaregio. The Iguana (041 713 561, closed Mon) serves Mexican food, has live music, friendly staff and stays open late. Cantina Vecia Carbonera (rio terà Maddalena, Cannaregio, 041 710 376) is a cool bacaro along the Strada Nuova. A hip new bar-restaurant, Centrale (piscina Frezzeria, San Marco, 041 296 0664, closed Tue), just steps from piazza San Marco, has a futuristic design but is anachronistically housed in a 16th-century shell. Campo Santa Margerita offers more mainstream fun with cafés and bars. In general, party animals might be better off leaving the Grand Canal and heading to the numerous bars and late-night discos on the Strand at the Lido.
One of the most amazing things about Venice is the vast difference between day and night. During the day the streets are lined with tourists. After a certain hour, the city just kind of shuts down, and it is at night that I think you'll see the real Venice. Most tourists tend to stay at hotels off of the island itself, so by dusk the population has greatly reduced. I found this the most enjoyable time to walk around the city. There's a certain mystery to the dimly lit alleyways that I've never experienced anywhere else and that I found utterly charming.
But for those who love the nightlife, be advised it isn't as prevalent as it is in other European cities. There was one club near our hotel however. Club Piccolo offers a DJ and dancing until the early hours of the morning. It isn't until midnight that the place really gets going (show up at 10pm and you'll be disappointed). Also be warned that drinks are extremely expensive. But the dancing is a good time.
On one side of the Rialto bridge you find all the fast past of the tourist area, on the otherside of the Rialto near the outdoor markets is a place call Naranzaria. There is a cafe there with young hip people and happening Euro tunes. Lively in the daytime but also very lively at night.
Small cosy bar with spill over onto the sidewalks and outdoor seating area.
Dress Code: Dress as you like but remember the dress code of hipness is not to dress like your mom and dad in Plaid and Nikes.
This place has a pleasant enviroment considering it looked totally cosmopolitian. The walls are covered in faded, stainless steel plates and the floor is soft concrete. The lighting is relaxing and has a bluish tint to it. When I walked in yesterday I thought it would be high strung venetians talking about their boring monotonous lives but there was a suprising amount of travelers and foreigners here. There was Tecno music in the front (by the bar), I think i remember hearing the "Boys of Summer" cover by DJ Sammy. The back room had some booths, a dance floor and a projection screen with music videos like "This Love" by Maroon 5. The club has Internet access available in the very front. Quiet place during the day but gets a little more lively at night. An over all good experience.
Dress Code: There are a lot of young folks here and most of them were in jeans and T-shirts. I am not sure if it get's poshy later on in the night.
The only serious disco in Venice. Near to the station, in "Strada Nuova", this small disco is very international. Here you can find people from everywhere, expecially tourists and students living here :)
On thursday "Erasmus Night".
Entrance normally free, high cost for drinks (7 ý).
I haven't found a lot of clubs in Venice. Actually I've only found one. Its small, but hey ya can't complain when the drinking age here is almost the same as the driving age in the states. The name of the Disco (when I say disco I'm not talking about the 70's. Italians call Nightclubs Discothèques and Strip clubs Night clubs, so know what you are asking for. I found out the hard/funny way) is Casanova. A lot of people that attend the university here go to this spot. You can meet people from all over the world here. It’s located close to the Ferriovia (which is the train station.) Coming from the train station you will walk past a bridge on your right straight down the walkway veering left. You will walk maybe about half a kilometer and it will be on your left.
Dress Code: There really isn't much of a dress code, but some nights they will not let guys come in unless a female accompanies them. That's so they girl to guy ratio isn't horrible.
We stumbled across this little bar by accident. It wasn't very crowded, but good music and great Sangria made for a fun evening.
Dress Code: Casual
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