Venice’s Best Bars

From the bars with the best canal views, to those with cutting-edge cocktails, journalist Tyler Zielinski rounds-up his five favorites in Venice.

Outside of Vino Vero in Venice. There are many people sitting outside and drinking.

Vino Vero

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.

The Gabbiano Bar. There is a marble bar, with green and purple fabric bar stools.

Gabbiano Bar

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.

Inside of The Blue Bar. There is a bar with blue patterned fabric, white and brown stools, and more.

The Blue Bar

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.

Inside of the Bar Aman in Venice. There are chairs inside with patterned walls and red curtains.

The Bar

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.

Outside of a building in Venice, Italy. The exterior is red and there is a man sitting on a stool.

Il Mercante

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.

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