Even though San Polo is the smallest of Venice’s six sestiere, it has a very active nightlife and an excellent variety of bars, clubs and restaurants. Check out our list below to find out more about the most outstanding bars in this lively neighborhood of Italy.
Do Mori is a daytime bar that is hidden behind the touristy areas of the Rialto area. The traditional bacaro dates back to 1462, which makes it one of the oldest and most traditional bars in the whole of Venice. The drink of choice at Do Mori is red and white house wine, which is complemented by sandwiches, called francoboli, and a selection of cicchetti, the most classic type of bar food there is. Do Mori is mostly frequented by locals, which guarantees an authentic atmosphere.
Al Mercá, located down a quiet side street of the San Polo district, is not much more than a food counter with a standing area outside. During the day, Al Mercá is particularly popular with busy market shoppers, who stop by for a glass or two of the house wine before returning home. However, Al Mercá is at its busiest before dinner, during the traditional aperitivo hour. In Venice, this is between 5pm and 7pm, when Venetians of all professions come together at Al Mercá to enjoy a traditional Venetian spritz in an informal and hospitable setting. Al Mercá is the ideal spot to experience a traditional Venetian aperitivo amongst locals.
Just off the Rialto Market, the Rialto daytime bar All’Arco is a truly authentic place to enjoy a glass of wine or spritz during the day. Aside from a tiny two person table on the street in front of the bar, All’Arco offers standing space only. Red and white wine are the drinks of choice with an excellent selection of Italian wines, mostly from small vineyards and individual producers in the north east section of the country. The exquisite wines are complemented with market-fresh cicchetti, mini bruschetta and other traditional bar snacks. All’Arco is a great place to experience local culture and mingle with Venetians.
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