The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Venice
After a day exploring the magical, historical city of Venice, you’ll be in need of some alcoholic refreshment. Luckily, Venice is well prepared for the well-travelled cocktail-drinker, so you’ll have plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. We’ve made a list of our favourites, so that you can spend less time searching and more time drinking!
Harry’s Bar, Calle Vallaresso
A list of cocktail bars in Venice wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Harry’s Bar. This well-established bar is where the classic Bellini was first invented, back in 1948, by founder, Giuseppe Cipriani. A stop here is definitely recommended, so that you can enjoy the traditional beverage the way it was intended.
Skyline Rooftop Bar, Guidecca
Offering the most amazing views across the city, the Skyline Rooftop Bar boasts an extensive cocktail list, made up of drinks that have created themselves, as well as plenty of classics with a Skyline twist. Based on the eighth floor of Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, there is an infinity pool just a few steps from the bar – ideal if you happen to have your swimming clothes with you!
Il Mercante, San Polo
A bar that combines alcohol and story-telling, the cocktail list is based on tales of famous explorers, with the most recent following the adventures of Sir Frances Drake. Treat yourself to a Lettera Di Corsa, an unusual blend of gin, akvavit, squid ink, lemon and pink peppercorn cordial and lose yourself in a world of sea-based expeditions and piracy.
Bar Longhi, San Marco
If glitz and glamour is your thing, then Bar Longhi is a must-visit. Based in the Gritti Palace Hotel, the bar is decorated with antique wallcoverings, Murano glass and crystal adornments. With views overlooking the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, it seems only fitting to enjoy the bar’s signature cocktail, the Basilica.
At first glance, Frulalà might seem like your standard juice bar but the long menu has an alcoholic section that is well worth taking a look at. Made with fresh fruits, blended to order, we recommend sipping on an ice cold Caipirinha while reveling in the buzzing, lively atmosphere.
Venice is known as the city of romance, but It is also a super place to enjoy a well-mixed cocktail, so make sure to take some time out of your sight-seeing itinerary in order to explore the local nightlife.