Meeting friends for a Spritz is one of the most Venetian of daily traditions. A mixture of white wine or prosecco, seltzer and a bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari or Select, the spritz (pronounced spriss by Venetians) was invented by Austrians who occupied Venice in the early nineteenth century; finding the local wines too strong for their taste, they preferred to dilute their drinks with a spray (spritzen, in German) of water – and the name stuck. Today you’re able to order a Spritz in almost any bar in Venice; we’ve chosen some of our favourite spots to enjoy a glass or three:
Al Squero: Positioned right opposite Venice’s oldest functioning gondola workshop, Al Squero is renowned for its strong Spritzes, excellent cichetti and friendly staff. During summer months, take your drinks outside and perch on the wall overlooking the picturesque canal; on colder evenings, it’s one of the coziest bars in town. Dorsoduro 943-944
Naranzaria: After a busy day exploring the sights, there’s nothing more pleasurable than kicking back at one of the waterside tables at Naranzaria with a Spritz in hand, and watching the world go by. Named after the old citrus market that was once centred there, this stylish family-run bacaro is situated a stone’s throw from the Rialto Bridge, and is especially buzzing around ‘spritz o’clock’ – aperitivo time, when Venetians get together for post-work drinks. San Polo 130
Al Timon: Located on Fondamenta Misericordia in Cannaregio, Al Timon is hugely popular with students and locals who flock there for an early evening spritz accompanied by a wide range of mouth-watering crostini. When the weather obliges, grab a place on the wooden boat moored in front and enjoy one of the regular canal-side performances by up-and-coming musicians. Fondamenta dei Ormensini 2754
El Chioschetto: A much-loved spot, not only because it offers some of the best-value drinks in town, but because of its sweeping views over the Giudecca canal – which make it the perfect location to watch one of Venice’s legendary sunsets. A tiny waterside kiosk with indoor seating, it’s at its best on a balmy evening; from April to September, on Wednesdays and Sundays (6-9pm), there’s live blues and jazz on the fondamenta. Dorsoduro 1406A, Fondamenta delle Zattere
3:2:1 – Spritz! Three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol and one part soda water. Add a thick slice of orange and a lump or two of ice and Venice’s most popular cocktail is ready to enjoy. We have super apartments, with perfect spots for Spritz and aperitivo: two of our current favourites are the balcony at Lucrezia looking onto the Grand Canal, or on the Altana at Zefferano San Marco. Find and book yours with us.