Venice Nightlife

Venice is not renowned for its nightlife, but it is possible to enjoy some late night entertainment in the Lido area where nightclubs and bars are more commonplace. If you prefer to stay within Venice, do as the locals do - enjoy a late meal followed by a glass or two of local wine.

For listings and information relating to events, see A Guest in Venice (www.aguestinvenice.com), which also offers a printed publication throughout the year available in most good hotels. For large scale cultural events with a national interest, Bestticket (tel: (051) 649 3265; www.bestticket.it) offers an information and ticket booking service online.

An excellent website for finding and booking concerts is Music in Venice (www.musicinvenice.com). The site includes links to many live music venues in Venice with the option to buy tickets online for the same price as at the venues.

Bars in Venice

10 Metri Quadrati

This tiny new bar in the Cannaregio district has a minimalist but chic décor which contrasts with ancient wooden beams. It stays open well after midnight, serving the classic Spritz, martinis and fruit mojitos. Snacks are also on offer, ranging from salads, panini and plates of local cheese and salami.

Address:
Fondamenta di Cannaregio, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 713 241.
Bacaro Jazz

This is a lively, upbeat cocktail bar, conveniently attached to a restaurant and is located just a two minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. This bar is the haunt of the young and trendy, and excites the palate with a cocktail list that’s unique to them. The wine and beer selection is equally as extensive and well chosen. Open daily from 1300-0200.

Address:
San Marco 5546, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 528 5249.
El Refolo

A lively wine bar with an extensive wine list in the Castello area - handy if attending the Biennale.

Address:
Via Garibaldi 1580, Venice, Italy

Clubs in Venice

Acropolis

There aren’t any real nightclubs in the main part of Venice but travel to the Lido area and there are still one or two places where you can party after dark. Acropolis on the waterfront is one of those places, with music from the seventies to present day. This is the place to find the 30-something Venetians, as well as the odd celebrity or two, dancing the night away.

Address:
Lungomare G. Marconi, 22 Lido, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 526 0466.
Molocinque

For most Venetians, clubbing means catching the train to the mainland and heading out in Mestre, and for most, this means a visit to Molocinque, a restaurant/nightclub with an impressive art deco columned facade and an equally impressive collection of sounds. You’ll find everything from hip hop to merengue within these walls.

Address:
Via dell' elettricita, 8 Marghera, Mestre, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 538 4983.
Piccolo Mondo

This is one of the more famous locations in Venice for dancing, although it’s not strictly speaking a nightclub – more of a bar that plays disco music and happens to have a dance floor! Stays open till 0400.

Address:
Accademia D.D. 1056, 30100, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 520 0371.

Live Music in Venice

Venice Jazz Club

Located between Santa Margherita and Santa Barnaba squares, this lively jazz club offers regular gigs from local and international musicians between Monday and Saturdays. Booking tables online in advance is advisable.

Address:
Dorsoduro 3102, Ponte dei Pugni, 30123 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 523 2056.

Classical Music in Venice

Scuola Grande San Rocco

This building houses some important and unique works of art, including a large number by Tintoretto. The nearby church, from which the building takes its name, adjoins the Scuola and together they open their doors to host cultural evenings, with tours of the fine artwork, as well as classical music renditions by local musicians.

Address:
San Polo 3052, 30125, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 5234 864.

Theatre in Venice

Teatro a l’Avogaria

For visitors looking for something a little less ordinary, a visit to this contemporary theatre is a must. Founded by Giovanni Poli, whose love of free expression inspired the city in the 1960s, this theatre hosts short dramatic pieces as well as less controversial classical renditions throughout the year. Booking isn’t required, and instead the theatre asks only for a donation from its patrons.

Address:
Dorsoduro 1617, 30123, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 099 1967.

Music and Dance in Venice

Gran Teatro La Fenice

This fabulous theatre was originally built in the late 1700s. It was devastated by a malicious fire in 1996, but restored to its former glory a few years later. The building, which originally only granted access to visitors by boat, is an inspiring piece of Venetian architecture, and plays host to operas, classical concerts and ballet performances throughout the year.

Address:
Campo S. Fantin, San Marco 1965, 30124, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 786 511.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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