Venice is one of those places you’d either love or hate. One would either find taking a gondola ride down the canals romantic, or it might induce a gag reflex. But cocktail bars in Venice? That, we guarantee you’ll be head over heels, especially if the spaces we’re about to list also have a little history of their own?.

Any self-respecting cocktail enthusiast, for example, can’t miss out on a visit to Harry’s Bar. It’s steeped in history and has been in existence since the 1930s. In fact, it also happens to be the birthplace of the Bellini cocktail.

But history isn’t all bars in Venice have to offer. There are modern ones too, with creative craft cocktails that are sure to delight your palate. Feeling thirsty? Read on to find out our list of cocktail bars in Venice you’ll need to visit.

1
Blind Spot

For a swanky night out, head towards Blind Spot, a rooftop bar in Venice’s mainland area. It’s sleek and stylish with an outdoor terrace that looks out to the city — a gorgeous view sunset onwards. The drinks are equally as divine with cocktails using fresh fruits and herbs, served in interesting vessels.

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2
Harry's Bar

A must-visit for anyone who loves classic cocktails. Harry’s Bar is legendary, existing since the 1930s and also known as the birthplace of classic cocktails Bellini and Carpaccio. Don’t come here expecting inventive cocktails with experimental flavour profiles. This is the place to come for a good, well-done classic cocktail. Naturally, the ambience is befitting of its history — it maintains the old European cafe culture design with dark mahogany wood and warm lighting. 

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3
Il Mercante

If it’s something different you’re after, Il Mercante will be able to offer you that — in terms of cocktails, of course. They’re one of the few bars in Venice that shake up some truly creative and inventive cocktails in vessels that will have you snapping away on Instagram. Otherwise, this bar is also perfect for a date night out. It has a romantic ambience with black leather booths and stained glass lamps, great for cosying up to a loved one.

(Image credit: Facebook/ Il Mercante)

4
Osteria da Filo

Osteria da Filo is also another bar in Venice that goes the modern direction in its cocktail menu. Its atmosphere is warm, there’s live music playing, and the bar is filled with hip youths of the area. It’s not swanky, but it’s cosy and gives you a chance to drink where the locals do. Get the mojito or an Aperol Spritz, and be sure to order some tasty bites while you’re at it. 

(Image credit: Facebook/ Osteria da Filo)

5
Taverna del Remer

It’s not quite a hidden bar, but Taverna dal Remer will prove challenging to find. Located in a discreet little alley (of which Venice has many), this tavern-like bar is known for its spritzers — the Italian aperitif of choice. If you’d like something stronger, the bar can also offer a round of well stirred and shaken classic cocktails. 

(Image credit: Facebook/ Taverna del Remer)

6
Bar Longhi

Bar Longhi might just be the most beautiful bar you’ve been in. It’s resplendent and sumptuous without being gaudy; classically elegant without being old fashioned. Martinis are Bar Longhi’s specialty — in fact, there are 10 variations of the classic cocktail on the menu. Otherwise, try some of its signature house cocktails — you won’t regret it.

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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.