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Best beer selection in Venice

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ventura78, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. My wife and I will soon be in Venice, I need some good advice about where to find a decent , hopefully excellent, beer selection.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. metalgdog

    metalgdog Savant (315) New York Dec 17, 2010

    I just left there today and did not find one bar or restaurant with a very good beer selection. Was dying to find a Cantillon bottle hidden on a menu but was stuck drinking Moretti bombers and wine.
  3. Beers in Italy in the better known towns are pretty anonymous beers. Italy is not the leading beercountry in Europe.....Have a nice time there, this is one wonderfull city!

  4. Thanks..........I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully one day they will have some world class beer there to match the architecture.
  5. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (475) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Yeah we've been to Venice several times and have never come across much beer. I would like to ask have you done any research on food you'd like to eat? Venice is notoriously touristy with guys urging you to come in their restaurants: "Americani, pizza, pasta!" None of these types of places are any good is my experience. Do your research and eat where Venecians eat; if it's important to you. And assuming you've never been, be sure to stay out late into the night. Once the tourists have left its truly a spectacular town.
  6. I have been doing some research on restaurants, Rick steves has a lot of good recommendations in his book. I'll also probably rewatch Anthony Bourdains segment of venice before we go.

    It is our first trip
  7. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (475) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Two places within close proximity of each other that we've visited multiple times are Trattoria alla Madonna (seafood) and Bancogiro. Very friendly with satisfying food. There are a couple other small plates places on either side of Biancogiro we like too.
  8. Thanks for the tips; I just noticed that Rick Steves mentions the Bancogiro Bar in his book,... " good for strong cheese and its canalside tables"
  9. Cozzatoad

    Cozzatoad Savant (295) Italy Feb 2, 2011

    Venice is basically a tourist city (and an amazing city), but in terms of food and drinks it is pretty much a tourist trap. You will sure find a bunch of nice restaurants with a bit search for recommendations on the net, though probably still pretty expensive. Sadly, craft beer in Italy (in terms of both breweries and bars) has mostly developed in smaller cities and towns, with the lone expection of Rome.
  10. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (475) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    The few times we've visited Venice to watch our budget we had lunch at these sort of Venician tapas bars. You get a small plate and a glass of wine for €1 a piece. Nice inexpensive alternative.
  11. Copying what I wrote in another thread for Venice:

    I went to a nice beer bar in Venice, called Da Aldo. It's a very non-descript place from the outside, but inside there are coolers with over 150 different beers inside, with an emphasis on Italian beers. It's not near the tourist area of St Marks, either. Take the waterbus down the main canal and exit at the casino, it's a 3-4 minute walk from that point. The only tourists in here were likely my wife and I. The big burly guy behind the bar is Aldo, the owner.

    There is a proximity map and a couple reviews of this place on ratebeer. Def worth checking out!
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  12. you just saved my life.
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  13. ALWAYS check tripadvisor.com for top restaurants. I just came back from Italy and had an awesome time, especially enjoying all the local foods (not lasagna and pizza). Let me know via BM if you need suggestions.
  14. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (310) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

  15. Nice!! I love seafood......
  16. I've been to Pub da Aldo in Venice, the food is alright but the beer selection is pretty good for Italian Standards, they carry stuff like Birra Del Borgo and Lambrate, you might even find a bottle of Cantillon or Penil there.

    Here's the address:

    Fondamenta Degli Ormesini 2710
    Venice, 30121
  17. Thanks.....! Miamichael2 also mentioned this place and I have it marked on my map. I've been to the venice of the north 12 times ( Brugge ) but never the real venice. I'de love to find a Brugge Bear or De Garre type establishment there.
  18. ummagumma

    ummagumma Aficionado (105) Italy Feb 10, 2009

  19. wow what a line up,,,,,,,,,Taras boulba on tap........plus many good bottles. Westee 12, Rochefort, Karmeliet, chouffe, etc, etc, etc..........:)
  20. Does anyone know if the current flooding has subsided? we head out on monday.
  21. Had a rochefort 8 in st. marks square yesterday. Venice is very cool.......
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  22. Did you find Pub Da Aldo?
  23. Today or tomorrow we will look it up!
  24. latestart

    latestart Zealot (95) Florida Sep 21, 2012

    damn, i just got back and found a couple beer spots on the outskirts, wish i had known about Aldo.
  25. latestart

    latestart Zealot (95) Florida Sep 21, 2012

    Are you from Milan? I will be there tonight and found Lambrate, any other places I need to check out?
  26. Not from Milan, but visited. The only beer spot I went to was a place called Pazzeria, they had about 15 taps including a few cask, mostly Italian brews. It's walkable from the San Siro stadium! Good food too.
  27. I did find pub da aldo today. It was closed tho, couldn't believe the lineup in the window. Major selection of Belgian beers, la trappe, westmalle, delirium, many others. I wish I could have gone in. There was flooding here this morning and I think that may be why they were closed. I'm glad to know that it is there tho.....