5 bars where you can enjoy a great spritz in Venice

1) Cantina Vecia Carbonera

A typical Venetian local, furnished with barrels and demijohns. The variety of wines and snacks is vast, and the spritz, which is also available ‘to go’, is excellent. If you’re lucky, you may find a spot at the table with a romantic view of the canal.

Aperol spritz

Rio Terà della Maddalena 2329

+39 041 710 376

2) Osteria Ai Pugni

This cosy tavern, decorated in warm colours, is located in one of Venice’s most authentic neighbourhoods. The wine list is particularly refined. The overall quality is better than the typical bacaro, which is why it’s also slightly more expensive, but totally worth it.

Osteria ai Pugni

Fondamenta Gherardini 2836

+39 346 960 7785

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3) El Borrachero

Particularly popular with Venetians and students, who flock to it especially at night. This tiny bar is rather simple, just like the food and drinks on the menu, but perhaps that is the reason why so many regulars appreciate it.

exterior of El Borrachero

Fondamenta Sangiantoffetti 1078

+39 347 593 4155

4) Al Parlamento

This beautiful place is off the beaten track of most of the tourist itineraries and is a real institution for university students, and beyond. Here you can get anything from abundant cicchetti and tramezzino sandwiches to spritz and other classic cocktails.

interior of Al Parlamento

Fondamenta Savorgnan 511

+39 041 244 0214


5) Osteria al Squero

No matter what time of day or night you decide to stop at this little bacaro, it is always packed with tourists and Venetians alike. That’s because the cicchetti and spritz are excellent, but, above all, because you can take your plate and glasses outside and enjoy your aperitif with a view of the canal and the gondola shipyard on the other side. Particularly nice during the summer.

two women drinking spritz outside the Osteria al Squero

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