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icey Nov 12, 2007 12:03 PM

Hi all,
I will be spending 3 weeks in Italy for Christmas about 40 minutes north of Venice. I love Venice, and have been many times, but usually on afternoon trips where we really didn't stop to eat anything more than a snack. I would like to go back this year but actually experience a wine bar. I tried searching this board, but didn't really find much info. Do any of you have any suggestions for me. I have no problem going to Murano or Burano for them either. Is Harry's Bar worth it?

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  1. jen kalb RE: icey Nov 12, 2007 05:03 PM

    the wine bars in venice are called bacari, and there are many of them. They sell small portions of wine, snacks and sometimes bigger meals as well. Hopefully you will get some specific recommendations soon.

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      mangiamama RE: icey Nov 13, 2007 08:42 AM

      Harry's Bar - not worth it. 15 Euro for a Belini!

      1. Shannon RE: icey Nov 13, 2007 01:55 PM

        Harry's bar doesn't serve wine by the glass (only prosecco and champagne) so if it is wine you are looking for don't go there.

        There are some really great wine bars in Venice though in December, some of them may be closed. La Cantina on Strada Nova in Cannaregio is very well known now and is a great place, but they definitely might be closed. My other favorites are Vinus Venezia in Dorsoduro, Cavatappi in San Marco, Alla Botte in San Marco, Un Mondo di Vino in Cannaregio, and Al Prosecco in Campo San Giacomo dell Orio in Santa Croce. You should be able to google any of these for addresses.

        There are lots of other bacari and bars serving wine by the glass, but all of these concentrate a bit more on the wine than the food - with the exception of Alla Botte perhaps. They all have food, though.

        Have fun!

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          DaleJ RE: Shannon Nov 14, 2007 06:36 AM

          This has got to be Shannon from Slowtrav, no?

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            Shannon RE: DaleJ Nov 16, 2007 07:30 AM

            yep. :)

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              DaleJ RE: Shannon Nov 16, 2007 10:17 AM

              I have your book.

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          DavidT RE: icey Nov 15, 2007 09:23 AM

          I have recommended VinoVino, near the Fenice Theater, on this board many times. They have a very large wine list and serve a limited menu of food at lunch & dinner that is prepared in the kitchen of the Antico Martini restaurant. They are also open late in the evening.


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            maxinvenice RE: icey Nov 18, 2007 06:25 AM

            Hi guys, this is Max from venice, I suggest to you AI RUSTEGHI, one of the best "kept secrets" in Venice, near CAMPO SAN BORTOLO, perfect for some panini and a good glass of vine.
            Hosteria AI RUSTEGHI, S. Marco, 5520, Venezia (VE) - +39 041 5232205

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              scicchetti RE: icey Nov 20, 2007 03:52 PM

              I don't think I saw Do Mori listed below, but it's definitely worth checking out. It's probably the oldest wine bar in Venice and has at least three kinds of prosecco besides lots of other wines by the ombra or glass. Good cichetti, too! I also love Al Bottegon (near Accademia) and La Cantina, Alla Botte and Cavatappi, all mentioned by Shannon, below.

              Also, if you want to eat at any restaurants, I highly recommend Osteria La Zucca for great food in a lovely setting (check out the Lonely Planet guide), and if you make it to Torcello (very cool place) check out Trone di Attila for good fritto misto and wine surrounded by the local fishermen--no tourists!

              Have a spritz for me!

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                xpicassox RE: scicchetti Jan 30, 2010 03:38 PM

                Do Mori is one of the Oldest and most Historical Wine Bars (Bacaro) in Venice. It's too Bad the Owners are such "Assholes" "Truly" I hate to say it but it's True. They are rude and have the "Personality of Dead Fish" I LOVE the Wine Bars in Venice. I recommend;
                all Arco which is near Do Mori and the people running it are just the oposite of Do Mori, "they are Warm and Friendly" also recommend; alla Vedova, alla Botte,
                la Cantina,Paradiso Perdutto, al Ponte, ai Rusteghi, and Cantinone Schiava

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                  PBSF RE: xpicassox Jan 30, 2010 05:33 PM

                  This thread is more than two years old but I can't agree with you more. Becari are more than just good food and wine; the ambience, especially the people who run them are utmost for their enjoyment. Your list is excellent. The owners of Do Mori hardly ever acknowledge anyone who are not regulars. I got a nod after the 6 or 7 time.

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                    jen kalb RE: PBSF Feb 1, 2010 01:35 PM

                    Im not supporting being a bad host, but it would be hard to be a venetian sometimes, the way the whole place turns into a theme park in season. Not everyone is made to be in the hospitality business,at least to have to face tourists who dont speak the language constantly.

                    There are plenty of bars and hangouts right here in NY and all over the world that are not particularly welcoming to strangers. Its a service to tourists to identify them but they have their function in the local community. No need to call names.

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                      PBSF RE: jen kalb Feb 1, 2010 02:09 PM

                      I totally agree with you that sometimes it is very difficult to be a Venetian. I don't blame the owners of Do Mori for their attitude. They want their bacari to be a certain way and to cater to certain people, mainly Venetians who work and shop at the Rialto market. If it gets overrun with tourists and visitors (it is already is most guidebooks), they've lost their particular sense of the place and probably close it.

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                        jen kalb RE: PBSF Feb 1, 2010 02:37 PM

                        well said. Maybe the discouragement here will be helpful!

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