Venice is absurd. Who honestly thought to build marble palaces in the middle of a lagoon was a great idea? Whoever it was, I’m glad they did because the Grand Canal at sunset is one of the most romantic sights in the world. With floating Venitian buildings lining the gondola filled waterway, what more can you ask for?
How about a drink?
Amidst the Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica di San Marco, the Basilica di Santa Maria, and the backstreets that connect them are some of the most unique and fun bars in Italy. If you have a lazy afternoon or just want to let your hair down one night, here is your guide for where to get drunk in Venice Italy.
Bacaro Jazz aka ‘The Bra Bar’
What do you get when you combine a sports bar and jazz music? Bacaro Jazz Bar is the epitome of the best of both worlds.
With multiple TV’s on to watch the latest soccer match, and bras hanging from the ceiling, Bacaro Jazz Bar was the first bar we went to during our Venice bar crawl. Why? They have a fantastic Happy hour from 4 till 6: buy one get one free on selected cocktails and a beer.
Smack dab between Rialto Bridge and Marco Polo’s home, Bacaro Jazz Bar is the perfect place to relax after a hot (or in our case, rainy) day of sightseeing. If you are feeling extra adventurous, add your brazier to their ever-growing collection!!
Hours: 12PM – 3AM, Everyday
The most famous bar in Venice is Harry’s Bar. Famous for both its owner, patrons, and alcoholic concoctions, Harry’s bar is a must stop!
Despite its name, Harry’s Bar opened in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani, the inventor of The Bellini (one of Italy’s most famous cocktails). If you have ever been to Venice, you most likely enjoyed a Bellini. It is made with Prosecco and pureed white peaches (succo di pesca). So if you want an authentic Venetian drinking experience, order the Bellini at Harry’s Bar. However, they aren’t cheap so come prepared to drop a pretty penny.
If you are more on the adventurous side, try the Montgomery Martini, which is 15 parts gin to 1 part dry vermouth (aka STRONG AF). The Montgomery is named after British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who had a 15 to 1 ratio of his own troops against enemy troops on the battlefield. Fun fact, Ernest Hemingway is said to be the first person to order a Montgomery at Harry’s Bar.
Harry’s Bar has long been frequented by famous people. It has been the favored bar in Venice for celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and George Clooney.
Located right next to the Grand Canal and a short walk from Palazzo Ducale, Harry’s Bar is THE bar you must check out when you go to Venice.
Hours: 10:30AM – 11:00PM, Everyday
Venice Jazz Club
The Venice Jazz Club: The reason we started drinking in the first place.
By reservation only, this hole in the wall jazz club with live musicians is amazing. An intimate atmosphere with well-priced drink specials and amazing performers, The Venice Jazz Club is a fantastic spot to spend an evening. Plus, it’s the only jazz club in Venice. So if you’re looking for a one of a kind experience, be sure to check it out.
We split two bottles of prosecco with another table while watching a three-man jazz band. In my mind, it is everything that makes a Venice night memorable: smiling faces, beautiful music, booze, and a romantic atmosphere.
Hours: 7:00PM – 11:00PM, Closed Thursday and Sunday
This was the last stop on our bar crawl . . . for that reason, I don’t have a picture of it. But I can tell you, this lively, student-filled bar is a blast!
Located on the south-east side of the Campo Santa Margherita square, Margaret DuChamp boasts cheap drinks, piazza seating, and multiple TV’s. It is also a hot hangout for both local and study abroad students, so expect a fun atmosphere.
To be honest, this bar is a bit of a blur. However, I do remember their extensive drink list and having a lot of fun. If anything, my lack of specifics on this bar should show you how great all these bars are!
Hours: 9:00AM – 2:00AM, Monday – Saturday, 9:00AM – 12:00AM, Sunday
We only had one night to spend amongst the bars of Venice, so this is by no means the definitive guide. However, I will promise that all four of these will exceed expectations and make your Venice trip fun!
If you’re looking for some other bars, here’s a few I found with great reviews! Hopefully next time around I’ll be able to grab a drink at each of them.
Do you know of any more bars in Venice worth a visit? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your suggestion!