An Italian Guide to the Bacari Of Venice
Once a major stop on the “Grand Tour,” Venice remains today one of the most venerated travel destinations in the world. A sublime city teeming with Renaissance art, picturesque views and exquisite architecture, Venice is a must on the bucket-list of anyone who appreciates beauty, great food and fine wine. And while the one-hundred and seventeen tiny islands on the Adriatic Sea are best known for their gondola-dotted water-ways, the true Venetian spirit is best expressed in the city’s bacari – or wine cafés.
In Venice, tapas is called cicchetti, wines-by-the-glass are ombres and the most popular local grape is the prosecco. And whether you prefer unassuming dives or trendy hot-spots, there’s a wine bar in Venice to satisfy your style. So, pull out your planner and start researching flights to Italy. And when you arrive in the awe-inspiring Veneto region, be sure to check out our picks for the city’s best bacari.
Al Merca: Venice’s Most Popular Hole-In-The-Wall
While it’s arguably the most well-known wine bar in all of Venice, Al Merca’s décor lacks sophistication. A decidedly low-key establishment, Al Merca overlooks the Grand Canal and is affectionately referred to as a “hole-in-the-wall – both in “guides to Italy” and by the locals. But don’t let the surroundings deter you – their seafood cicchetti are delectable. Besides, a trip to Venice would be incomplete without a “spritzer” from Al Merca.
Enoteca San Marco: Where The Well-Heeled Go To Imbibe
For those who enjoy a more contemporary, stylish atmosphere, Enoteca San Marco is the wine bar to find. The four young owners personify “downtown chic” and every aspect of their establishment is carefully curated to achieve an en vogue effect. Enoteca is a popular midday haunt that features tasty, moderately priced cheese samplers.
Banco Giro, Al Pescador, Naranzaria: The Bacari Triumvirate In Rialto Market
In the Rialto Market sits a terrace with three fantastic bacaris – our favorite being Banco Giro due to its laid-back mood and yummy aperitivos. Notable wine maker Brandino Brandolini’s bacari, Naranzaria, also occupies the scenic terrace on Campo San Giacometto, as does Al Pescador, an upscale café that serves up savoury sea-fare.