The way you spend your time in Venice will have a profound impact, both on your memories of the place and on the local economy and community. Chilling, exploring, shopping, eating, and drinking as the Venetians do can make all the difference.
While bars in Venice, Italy are known for their upscale dining, there are a few bars that can offer a bit of a break from all the palaces and gondola rides. Bars in Venice Italy are often found in the backstreets, serving cicchetti (small bites) and wine by the glass.
A popular choice is fegato alla veneziana, a dish of veal liver and onions (which can be made with other meats). The local wine is Prosecco — which has become a fashion drink in recent years and is a refreshing accompaniment to Cicchetti.
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There are also many craft cocktails to try in the city, including the classic Martini and the Basilica, a mix of gin, lemon, St. Germain, and basil leaves. The cosmopolitan and elegant Bar Longhi, with its Murano chandeliers and gin-based drinks, is one of the most famous bars in Venice.
You’ll find a few of these authentic bars in the historic district near the Rialto Bridge. A small, family-owned establishment with a counter to order from, All’Arco is a must for foodies. They serve up a selection of of-the-moment cicchetti, which goes well with the cheap, local wines. Guests can stand at the counter or dine in-house, though table space is limited and tables are snapped up quickly.