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Venice isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for late and loud. Even the locals hop on the ferry across to Mestre on the mainland in order to let their hair down.
Sure, you can follow suit, but it’s far better to take advantage of the historical centre in its hushed and serene state. After all, the cruise ships will pull in tomorrow morning and the spell will be broken.
While you might find a handful of hole-in-the-wall jazz dens and the odd lively bar, Venice is not the right setting for an all-out knees up.
Campo Santa Margherita is the one pocket of the city that rebels against the low-key rule. Youthful, vibrant and utterly local, it’s a popular student hangout with a few tempting late-night haunts.
Among the best is the Margaret Duchamp, a designer bar for bright young things that stays open until 2am.
To drink like the locals, pull up a bar seat and order a spritz. This devious mix of white wine, Campari and soda is both refreshing and surprisingly potent, so be sure to sip with caution. One too many and you might just stumble into a canal on your way home.
For the definitive Italian experience, head to the stunning Teatro La Fenice, a legendary opera house on Campo San Fantin that has premiered the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.
Tragically, the original building has burned down a whopping three times, including an arson attack in 1996. The opera house re-opened in 2004, rising like a phoenix from the ashes. Today’s building might be new, but centuries of history still drift through its aisles and balconies.
Want a local bite to enhance your evening out? Find out what’s on the menu on our eating out in Venice page.