There’s no shortage of great wine or espresso in Italy and if you’re keen on either or seeking a cold beer after a long day of sightseeing, here’s some great places to drink like a local and watch the sun go down.
1. Black Jack
Black Jack is a small, cosy wine bar offering several wines by the glass, cicchetti and bar snacks too. With a view onto Camp San Lucia, it’s also not a bad place to sit, relax with the locals and people watch for a while.
2. Café Filmero
It’s small and run by the owner who’s dedicated to making it a memorable stop for every guests. Pop in for a decent morning coffee and pastry or a later on a cheese plate and glass of wine, either way you’ll adore the hospitality.
3. Bar Longhi
The view of the Grand Canals from this luxury cocktail bar’s terrace is remarkable to say the least. With marble bars and glam interiors, it’s not the most affordable place to drink, but it could quite possibly be the most spectacular.
4. Caffe Florian
History-rich and centrally located in San Marco Square, the interior is museum-quality grand and not to be missed. Here you’ll pay a service charge to sit with your afternoon tea, enjoying the live orchestra music, but it’s a fine way to spend an afternoon.
5. Il Santo Bevitore
If craft beer is your thing, this just might be the only place in Venice you’ll find a broad selection of it. Here you’ll find a selection of Italian craft beers and cider in bottles and on draft from Belgium, the USA and UK.
6. Devil's Forest Pub
Pubs are scarce in Venice and while Devil’s Forest isn’t particularly Venetian, it’s a great Irish/British style pub where the locals enjoy a Guinness or a great burger. Located close to the Rialto Bridge, it’s strangely not as touristy as you’d expect.
7. Skyline Rooftop Bar
Located above the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel, you’ll get amazing sunset views. On the weekends the vibe picks up with pool parties, DJ’s and special events. It is a hotel bar though, so it’s more a place to unwind and enjoy the city views.
8. Caffe Del Doge
Just near the Rialto Mercato this place is a favourite with locals and you’ll likely find them standing around sipping cappuccinos and enjoying their cornetti each morning. You’ll find a good selection of fresh sandwiches and pastries for breakfast or an afternoon tea break.
9. Teamo Wine Bar
If sitting back with a cheese board and a glass of red is what you’re looking for, you’ve found your place. It’s also an ideal post-dinner place to enjoy some grappa, matched with the house-made tiramisu when you’re not quite ready to sleep yet.
10. Tea Room Beatrice
This hidden gem has a quaint leafy garden where you can sit and enjoy a selection of teas, a coffee and cake. It’s a quiet little sanctuary for when you need to check out from the tourist scene for an hour or two.