The Best Cocktails in Venice: 5 Chic Suggestions

Cocktail time in Venice at some of the Serenissima’s most coveted locations.

As the setting sun ushers in the nightlife of Venice, its winding calli – like gatekeepers to magically secretive hideaways – turn to warm lights and shadows, voices echoing along the facades. Art and history blend with the evening sky to create an ambiance straight from a film, and it’s time to partake in some true dolce vita at the city’s best cocktail lounges.

Cocktails at a Styled Venetian Treasure by the Rialto at Amo

Overlooking the Grand Canal, at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, in the atrium of T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Alajmo brothers’ Amo embodies a refined yet casual concept, open from breakfast to dinner.

In the words of designer Philippe Starck, who was in charge of the project, Amo is “an island of Venetian mystery at the center of treasures from around the world. Every piece of furniture is a concentration of Venetian spirit: the sofas are inspired by gondolas, the master glassmakers of Murano forge the glass, the walls portray fantasies inspired by the carnival of Venice.”


An Island of Enchanting Venetian Aperitifs at San Giorgio Café

The Sand Giorgio Café is an enchanting spot on the picturesque Island of San Giorgio. Good food, culture, and hospitality meet in a place rich in heritage, architecture, and nature, embellished with a space dedicated to the art of cooking and Mediterranean food culture. The café bistro offers a cozy ambiance, with an exclusive dehor overlooking St. Mark’s basin and an attractive view of the dock of St. George’s Island and Riva degli Schiavoni, where aperitif hour is cloaked in the colors and sounds of the lagoon.

This is the perfect place to relax with a typical Venetian aperitif – a glass of wine or cocktail accompanied by a delicious “cicchetto d’autore.”

San Giorgio Café

The Refined Bacaro and Gourmet Bites at Estro Vino e Cucina

Gourmet cicchetti accompanied by “a shade of wine” or fresh cocktails: Estro Vino e Cucina in the Dorsoduro district is a format halfway between a bacaro and a refined wine bar with a modern and appealing style, embellished with details and elements in glass, a symbol of the rich artisan tradition of the Lagoon. Here you can eat and drink at all hours, thanks to an extensive wine list, many of which are local and organic, and a regional cuisine full of creatively prepared cicchetti, and imaginative reinterpretations of Italian tradition.

Estro Vino e Cucina

The Rhythm and Views of Venice from the Giudecca at the Skyline Rooftop Bar

Among the best aperitifs in Venice with panoramic views, the Skyline Rooftop Bar on Giudeccca Island stands on the top floor of the luxurious Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel. On the terrace, as the sun goes down, sip excellent cocktails poolside to the rhythm of the music while enjoying one of the best views of Venice.

Skyline Rooftop Bar

The Luxury of a Yacht from the Terrace of the Gritti Palace at Riva Lounge

The luxury style Riva Yacht dresses Riva Lounge in elegance on the terrace of The Gritti Palace in Venice, a place where a combination of exclusive hospitality and sophisticated design come together, thanks to Riva’s wood furnishings, capable of imbuing the ambiance with a magical atmosphere, enhanced by the splendid view of the Grand Canal and the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute.

Here the luxurious terrace, which recalls in style the elegant decks of Italian yachts of the 1960s, with details such as polished wood and polished stainless steel, welcomes guests with refined cicchetti and original drinks such as the Riva Cocktail, a mix of white rum, blue curacao, grapefruit, orzata syrup and orange bitter.

Riva Lounge

The Best Cocktails in Venice: 5 Chic Suggestions

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