Italy Best beer selection in Venice

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

  1. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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 Dec 17, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    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. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    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!

    Thijs
     
  4. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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 Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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 Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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 Feb 2, 2011 Italy

    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 Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Dec 2, 2009 Florida
    Beer Trader

    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. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    you just saved my life.
     
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  13. brabuse430

    brabuse430 Jul 24, 2009 California

    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. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

  15. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    Nice!! I love seafood......
     
  16. Morningstorm

    Morningstorm Jun 29, 2011 Netherlands

    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
    Italy
     
  17. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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 Feb 10, 2009 Italy

  19. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    wow what a line up,,,,,,,,,Taras boulba on tap........plus many good bottles. Westee 12, Rochefort, Karmeliet, chouffe, etc, etc, etc..........:)
     
  20. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    Does anyone know if the current flooding has subsided? we head out on monday.
     
  21. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    Had a rochefort 8 in st. marks square yesterday. Venice is very cool.......
     
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  22. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Dec 2, 2009 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Did you find Pub Da Aldo?
     
  23. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    Today or tomorrow we will look it up!
     
  24. latestart

    latestart Sep 21, 2012 Florida

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

    latestart Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    Are you from Milan? I will be there tonight and found Lambrate, any other places I need to check out?
     
  26. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Dec 2, 2009 Florida
    Beer Trader

    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. ventura78

    ventura78 Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    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.....

    cheers
     
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