Venice’s agenda always contains a busy timetable of festivals, exhibitions and concerts, such as il Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice); their yearly masquerade party. Although Venice may not be considered a ’party’ town, except during these feasts and celebrations, there are multiple things to do at night in Venice that will keep one on the go.

Venice’s agenda always contains a busy timetable of festivals, exhibitions and concerts, such as il Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice); their yearly masquerade party. Although Venice may not be considered a ’party’ town, except during these feasts and celebrations, there are multiple things to do at night in Venice that will keep one on the go.

Clubbing

Clubbing
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For the time there are no festivals where one dances in the streets, dance the night away at one of the trendy clubs. Most of the dance clubs are located on outside the center of Venice on Lido Island. They can raise the roof at all hours of the night without incurring any fury from residents.

The vibrant club, ‘Acropolis’ remains a hot destination for Venetians and visiting celebrities looking for the latest R&B, hip hop, dance, and house and electro music. Clubbers will enjoy the spectacular views from the terrace, as well as the super-sized dance floor and two bars serving cocktails, as well as having an extensive wine and beer list.

In 1999, a former theater was transformed into an enormous club complex known as ‘Molocinque.’ This venue features four differently themed dance areas and 12 bars. Part of the club is situated outside under splendid white canopies making it a perfect retreat during the warm summer nights. From hip hop to salsa, a clubber’s musical palette is sure to be filled with variety, while their feet are invariably moving at all times.

An Evening of Music, Dance or Concerts

La Fenice Theater
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Venice has an extremely long history with the performing arts. The city shows its best with their love of classical music. There are several churches in Venice that offer performances of classical music, mostly from the Baroque era and at one time, Venice was the most important place in the entire Opera world.

One of the crown jewels of their theatres was the Teatro La Fenice. La Fenice, which had been operating since the 1830s burnt down in 1996. The theater had such notoriety, even works by great masters premiered there. Almost as soon as it happened, craftsmen began working nonstop to restore the theater to its former glory. The theater has since reopened and holds many performances throughout the years.

There will be 12 operas performed in this venue as well as other cultural occasions including ballet and orchestra productions. There are also two grand balls held there each year; the Gran Ballo della Cavalchina, which is an elegant private party and Fenice Day, a fundraiser that takes place in November and is open to all.

Another beneficial experience at night is attending a concert of by a cultural association of classical musicians and singers called ‘Musica a Palazzo.’ The members, when not on tour, normally perform in the enormous 17th century mansion, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. It is a matchless experience, since the audience members follow the performers behind each act of selected arias from Verdi or Rossini into various rooms of the venue.

Enjoy Cocktails

Harry’s Bar
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Giuseppe Cipriani’s Harry’s Bar is established in many locations, but the one in Venice is arguably its most famous and an institution.   Prepare for sticker shock at the first Harry’s Bar but just stopping in for their signature ‘Bellini’ cocktail and encounter what all the fuss is about in this bar of the rich and prominent.

Opened in 1931, and housed in a former rope warehouse, it was just steps away from where Giuseppe Cipriani worked as a waiter at the Hotel Monaco. According to legend, the name originates from a well-to-do student from Boston called Harry Pickering to whom Cipriani loaned some money. When Harry returned to repay the debt, he also gave Cipriani extra cash to open a bar. The bar has attracted celebrities and became their favored watering hole of past patrons which included Ernest Hemmingway, Truman Capote, Noel Coward and Orson Wells. Today’s celebrities, such as Woody Allen, Helen Hunt and Nicole Kidman makes a stop off at Harry’s Bar when in Venice.

Place Bets in a Palace

The Venice Casino
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The Venice Casino is world famous for laying down the foundation for casinos world-wide. First opening its doors in 1638, its success story still draws gamblers from all corners of the globe.

With its opulent interior destined to impress, classic casino games from the normal blackjack to the exotic chemin-de-fer can be played. Now located since 1959, the casino is housed in the Vendramin Calergi Palace (Ca´Vendramin Calergi). Composer, Richard Wagner once lived in a room on the mezzanine of the palace. In 1995, that portion was transferred into the Richard Wagner Museum housing rare documents, posters, paintings and records, among other artifacts relating to the composer. Since the casino has such a large history behind it, it makes sense that it would play host to numerous high stakes tournaments throughout the year.

Wander About

Street Musician, Venice
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One of the best things to do at night in Venice and to observe the real Venetian lifestyle is wandering around the city. Venice is acknowledged as one of the safest centers in the world so it is a pleasure to take a stroll. It is the perfect time and minus the crowds to revisit St. Mark’s Square as it all lit up. Listen to street musicians performing soft melodies at every turn. Gelato stands pop-up after dusk, and indulging with a Italian ice cream is a great way to cool off.

After starting off in St. Mark’s Square head away the touristy areas and go exploring into the side street. Stop in at a cafe for a rest and find the quiet side of the city that shows the true side of Venice’s residents. Although it may sound strange, getting lost can be perhaps the greatest experience of all when visiting, as it becomes truly personal and tailored to the individual.

With the day trippers from the ships that stop in her port gone and the crowds are elsewhere, savor the intimate atmosphere of this island city. The best things to do at night in Venice are all around each and every evening.

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