5 places to drink on a budget in Venice

1) Bacareto da Lele

At any given time of the day, this tiny bacaro is always packed with students and Venetians chatting along the fondamenta facing the canal. This is largely because of the low prices they charge for ombre and cicchetti. While they don’t have a huge selection of food, it’s definitely appetising.

Venice - Bacareto Da Lele

Campo dei Tolentini 183

+39 347 846 9728

2) Al Chioschetto

A small and unpretentious bar with a breathtaking view. This kiosk is located on one of the widest and most beautiful promenades in Venice. Around aperitivo, it’s not uncommon to find groups of friends armed with spritzes, sitting on the ground while watching the sun set over the lagoon.

people drinking at Al Chioschetto

Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo 1406/A

+39 348 396 8466

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3) Chet Bar

If you need a break from the omnipresent spritz, this cocktail bar is the perfect place for you. The drinks menu includes the usual suspects as well as a few bolder suggestions. After dinner this is a popular place with university students.

Chet Bar

Campo Santa Margherita 3638

+39 328 419 9252

4) El Sbarlefo

A tiny bacaro with a good selection of cicchetti, ombre and cocktails. But the menu also features more robust options, including a dinner consisting of raw fish with paired wines. On Fridays and Saturdays they host jazz and blues concerts. Their other bacaro is at Dorsoduro 3757.

interior of El Sbarlefo

Salizada del Pistor 4556/C

+39 041 524 6650


5) Cantine del Vino già Schiavi

An authentic wine bar, with wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling shelves that are heaving under the weight of the wine bottles. One of the few places in the city where you can still enjoy a glass of white house wine and some delicious cicchetti for just a few euros.

Cantine del Vino già Schiavi

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