Santa Croce is one of the less touristy neighborhoods in Venice, with more affordable prices and typical Italian bars. It has some great restaurants and beautiful sights, so it is no surprise that its top 10 bars, which we have listed below, are great places to pay a visit to.
MiTi Café & Cocktail Bar
Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Italian, Wine, Cocktails, Beer
MiTi Café is a rare find in Venice, a classic city where most bars and restaurants concentrate on serving great wines or, at most, beers, and where the cocktail-mania has not yet hit. At MiTi Café & Cocktail Bar, cocktail lovers will rejoice in the extensive selection of classy cocktails, which can be enjoyed in the lounge, which counts a comfy sofa and seating area. During the day tourists can also pop into this café and sit at one of their terraces whilst drinking a delicious cup of coffee.
One of the best bars in Venice, Al Prosecco is not open very late, but it is nevertheless a great place to start off a fun night, what with its great wine selection, snacks and friendly service. Visitors can expect to find a great selection of by the glass wines, and, since the brothers who own the place look for original wines, chances are that visitors will find new and surprising options here. Prosecco is obviously served here too, and visitors who do not like sparkling wine will be delighted to discover that Al Prosecco offers a still version of this iconic drink.
One of the city’s many bacari, Bacareto da Lele is a tiny bar that has become immensely popular with the locals and now has a very loyal following in the neighborhood. Venetians often like their food served quickly and efficiently, since many of them lead very busy lifestyles, and that is why the bar and also the sidewalk outside it are usually full to the brim with people waiting to be served one of the establishment’s delicious sandwiches or glasses of wine.
Durello is the new drink in town, and it is quickly trying, and in part, succeeding, to replace Prosecco as Venetians’ go-to drink. At Enoteca Buso Durello, visitors will be able to try this snazzy drink, and after having visited Al Prosecco they can make a comparison and decide which of the two is best. This locale is a simple, humble wine bar that, apart from its drinks, serves very good quality food. When tourists waltz inside they will discover small plates of Italian delicacies, such as sardines with onion and wine, which are the perfect accompaniment to a refreshing glass of Durello.
It is hard to imagine a more authentically Italian and picturesque locale than Al Postali. When visitors arrive, they might see something that looks like it is from a movie, since locals often moor their boats on the canal below the terrace and hop onto the sidewalk to order a drink from this bar. Al Postali is definitely a favorite with Venetians, who are not fooled by tourist traps and know how to recognize a good place when they see one. Tourists who come here will also be able to appreciate the bar’s decent prices and excellent quality beverages, all in a fabulous setting.
Bar, Nightclub, Italian, Wine, Beer, Vegetarian, Vegan, Cocktails, $$$
This bar is fortunately also known as Popa, which makes it easier to talk about, and it certainly is talked about. It is a decent-sized bar with an enormous following, and visitors should venture in despite the masses of clients that are usually crowding the place in the evening. The vintage furniture, laid-back atmosphere, reasonable prices and fantastic service make this bar a must when scouring Santa Croce for good places to drink. To top it all off the drinks that are served here are excellent, so every aspect of the establishment is worth noting.
When passing by this bacari, a type of bar in Venice known for serving bar snacks and aperitivo, no-one will be able to resist the advertising on the window, happy hour from 6.30pm to 8pm with drinks for just three euros is an unbeatable offer, especially in a city as expensive as Venice. Inside, travellers will have to make their way amongst the crowd to reach the bar and order a typical Spritz, and then on to the buffet area, which is packed with crostini, bread, salads, pasta and even some veggies.
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Wine, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
La Patatina a San Giacomo is a very cute bar with a great garden, excellent dishes that are very well presented, and extremely pleasant service. The staff are willing to do anything in their power to make clients’ experience the best it can possibly be, and their dedication goes a long way. From fish risotto to clams to different kinds of shrimp, this bar is all about typical Venetian recipes, which give a lot of importance to seafood. To top it all off, the house wine is a mere two euros, so nothing should stop travellers from paying this locale a visit.
A mix between a restaurant, pizzeria and a bar, Al Bacco Felice serves up some delicious dishes in a very welcoming atmosphere. Their rustic, wooden décor, fun cards pasted on the walls and bright bar area make it ideal for lunch, dinner or anything in between. The options here range from pizza and delicious gnocchi to seafood-based dishes, including some of the best desserts in the city. The locale’s light atmosphere, great menu and friendly service make it a must when in the Santa Croce area.
Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, Snacks
This locale situated close to Santa Croce does not only serve delicious Panini, a succulent hamburger and scrumptious cichetti ranging from crostini to croquettes and cod, but it also has an excellent selection of wines and a couple of artisan beers. They are known as a wine bar, and although the locale is minute, the clients here are always plentiful, as anyone can appreciate the quality of their tasty snacks and by the glass wines. Since Osteria Alla Ciurma specializes in cichetti, it is the perfect option for a light dinner or a pre-dinner snack, depending on how hungry visitors are.