There are so many good spots to enjoy a drink with a view in Venice that its hard to know where to start. But if you are visiting for a short trip and want to know the must-do’s they we’ve handily compiled them for you…
Hotel Gritti Palace
The terrace of the Hotel Gritti Palace boasts a spectacular view of the Grand Canal and Venice’s much-loved panoramas, attracting the illustrious and industrious from all over the world including the likes of Ernest Hemingway and English novelist W. Somerset Maugham. Just a stone’s throw from La Fenice, it is the place where opera and theatre lovers gather before and after a show and is the perfect location to enjoy a signature drink with friends in a truly magnificent setting.
Hotel Gritti Palace: Campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467, 30124, Venice, Tel. +39 041 794611, www.thegrittipalace.com
Harry’s bar, founded in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani, opened up as a luxury bar, and soon became the haunt of local artists, writers and expats including Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway. It is the home of the famous Bellini cocktail, which was invented in 1948, using Prosecco and white peach puree. Pair it with chicken or shrimp salad sandwiches, sarde in saor (sardines pickled lightly with onions, raisons, and pine nuts), or canapés of whipped cod.
Harry’s Bar: Calle Vallaresso 1323, 30124, Venice, Tel. +39 041 5285 777, www.harrysbarvenezia.com
Florian was established in 1720 in Piazza San Marco and is reputed to be Italy’s oldest café. The elegant surroundings attracted many intellectuals of the day including Goethe and Casanova, and later Lord Byron and Charles Dickens. Enjoy an aperitif while seated in one of the café’s frescoed rooms or outside listening to the orchestra in one of most beautiful squares in the world. You can enjoy impeccable service and products of the finest quality including coffee, teas, chocolates, cookies, and even porcelain and design objects.
Florian: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Tel. +30 041 5205 641, www.caffeflorian.com
Venetians are crazy about l’andar per ombre (literally ‘looking for shadows’) which are glass tumblers of wine drunk in neighbourhood bacaros or wine bars. The name comes from the days when wine sellers in Piazza San Marco would move their barrels to stay in the shadow of the Piazza’s campanile, so that their clients could stay cool as they drank. Andar per ombre is an unmissable invitation to visit a bacaro and drink a glass of wine paired with a the famous Venetian snacks (cichetti). Here are some of our favourite bacaros in the city.
Osteria Cà D’Oro all Vedova
Owned by the same family for more than 120 years, this intimate and romantic bacaro is reputedly one of Venice’s oldest and best preserved osterie. Visitors enjoy superior seasonal cichetti.
Osteria Cà D’Oro all Vedova: Cannareggio, 3912, 30121, Venice , Tel. +39 041 5285 324
A favourite for locals, this small but excellent cichetti spot is justifiably always busy. Grab a spot on the floating terrace and enjoy the atmosphere.
Al Timon: Cannaregio, 2754, 30121, Venice Tel. +39 041 524 6066, www.facebook.com/pages/Al-timon
Cantina Do Mori
An unmissable stop for wine-lovers. One of the oldest bacaro's, dating back to 1462, it offers a close-up view of the real Venice. Try the classic ‘spento’ – Prosecco minus the bubbles.
Cantina Do Mori: Sestiere San Polo, 429, 30125 Venice, Tel. +39 041 5225 401
Another excellent choice for cichetti. Some of Italy’s finest wines are sold here by the bottle or by the glass.
Vino Vino: Ponte delle Veste 2007/A 30124 Venice, Tel. +39 041 2417 688, www.vinovinowinebar.com