From the bars with the best canal views, to those with cutting-edge cocktails, journalist Tyler Zielinski rounds-up his five favorites in Venice.
Vino Vero is a trendy wine bar and retail shop that serves curated biodynamic wines by the category’s most exciting producers. Pop by in the early afternoon to nibble on some cicchetti, and have one of the bar’s knowledgeable bartenders taste you on a few of their unique “by the glass” wine options. With canal-side tables, it’s a vibe in the best way possible.
If you want to taste the best Bellini you’ll ever have, then be sure to pop by the Gabbiano Bar. The original Bellini recipe has been preserved for the last 43 years by bartender Walter Bolzonella, who was taught by Giuseppe Cipriani (founder of Harry’s Bar Venice, and the Cipriani Hotel) himself. Enjoy some bites and soulful cocktails, and be sure to ask Walter about hanging out with his buddy, George Clooney. It’s an unforgettable experience.
During the iconic Venice Film Festival, which is hosted at the Hotel Excelsior Venice on Lido, the Blue Bar serves as a hub for celebrities and socialites. Whether you enjoy a Venetian Spritz at the bar, or on the beachfront terrace, the chic ambiance is one worth experiencing — you might even run into an A-lister in the process.
Housed within the opulent Aman Venice, The Bar located in the hotel’s Red Room is known for having held high-society soirées since the 16th Century — an aristocratic history which can still be felt today while enjoying one of the mixologists’ signature serves.
If you’re looking for a romantic date night away from the swarms of tourists, this cocktail bar in Venice’s artsy Dorsoduro neighborhood will tick that box. The two-story bar has an intimate mezzanine which looks down on the main floor where the bar is situated, in addition to a few canal-side tables for those who fancy al fresco seating. The cocktails are some of Venice’s best — worth the trip.