The 7 best rooftops to drink in Venice

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  • 1. Terrazza Danieli
  • 2. Hilton Skybar
  • 3. The Sagra Bar
  • 4. San Giorgio Terrace
  • 5. 28.5 rooftop
  • 6. Top of the Carlton
  • 7. Ca'Sagredo rooftop

The sun is here and there's like a spritz in the air! Direction la dolce vita with these 7 best rooftops where to have a drink in Venice.

As visitors, we have images engraved in our minds of St. Mark's Square, the bell tower and the basilica. Of course, we want to see the famous Bridge of Sighs and walk along the Rialto Bridge hoping that there are not too many people around to take pictures. We also know Venice almost perfectly from the ground, but we have rarely thought about the possibility of admiring its beauty from the heights. However, the Serenissima has more than one trick up its sleeve, and its roofs are as enchanting as its facades. So, here is our selection of 7 rooftops where to have a drink in Venice and contemplate the lagoon.

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1. Terrazza Danieli

Openinghours: open from May to September from 3pm to 6.30pm.

Let's start with a mythical place to have a drink in Venice, the Hotel Danieli! The place is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world thanks to its 14th century decor. With a fine gold staircase, marble columns, a neo-gothic loggia, murano chandeliers and painted ceilings, everything is there.

But the icing on the cake is his restaurant Terrazza Danieli. It's probably one of the best rooftops for a drink in Venice. Indeed, fully open, it is located on the fifth floor of the palace which offers a superb view of the lagoon and the Giudecca Island.

The restaurant also serves as a bar in fine weather, from May to September, and welcomes visitors in an elegant setting. Moreover, it is literally a stone's throw from the Doge's Palace.

2. Hilton Skybar

Openinghours: open from April to November from 12 noon to 1 am and from November to March from 4 pm to midnight.

Change of perspective for this bar! Visit the Giudecca Island on the eighth floor of the Hilton Molino Hotel. Impossible to miss the building, visible from afar with its blue arrow. Behind this famous spire you will find one of the best rooftops for a drink in Venice.

The view is superb, of course, and overlooks the city of Venice itself. During carnival time, the bar is one of the trendiest places in the lagoon with its panoramic swimming pool, sunbathing and lively evenings. The bar is also a nightclub and the cocktails of its bartenders are famous. In short, this is the rooftop where to have a drink in Venice that should not be missed under any circumstances.

3. The Sagra Bar

Openinghours: open from 9am to 11pm. Snack bar from 3pm to 6pm

One of the most exclusive places to have a drink in Venice is the rooftop bar of the JW Marriott Hotel.

To get there, it's very simple, just take the free private shuttle bus from the hotel's pontoon in St. Mark's Square. After about twenty minutes by boat in the waters of the lagoon, you will arrive on the Isle of Roses, behind the Giudecca, which is private, of course, and reserved for the Marriott.

The Sagra Bar awaits you on the fourth floor, next to the swimming pool, in a refined setting that blends in perfectly with the seascape. Moreover, you can enjoy a 360° view of the lagoon and Venice. In short, you can already see yourself with a glass of Prosecco in your hand.

4. San Giorgio Terrace

Opening hours: by reservation at the bar-restaurant Sestante.

The San Giorgio Terrace above Hotel Paganelli is one of the best rooftops for a drink in Venice, although little known.

It is an altana, a wooden terrace on the roof of a former Benedictine convent in the heart of Venice, behind St. Mark's Square. To get there, you have to make a reservation through the bar-restaurant Sestante, a partner of the hotel, which manages the two terraces above. But once you're there, there's no regrets!

Enjoy the view of St. Mark's Basilica, the Punta della Dogana, the Giudecca and many other wonders of the lagoon.

5. 28.5 rooftop

Openinghours: open from 6.30 pm to midnight.

Another island, another point of view, why not go to the Lido to have a drink at the rooftop of the Ausonia Hungaria Hotel? The establishment is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the region with its Italian Art Nouveau style architecture and its rooftop bar should not disappoint you either.

The view overlooks the Lido Island and, in the distance, the gardens of the Biennale and then the many bell towers of Venice, which attracts many people during the DJ set evenings organised by the hotel. All that remains for you to do is to take a seat in one of the design lounges and enjoy a good cocktail or a glass of Prosecco.

6. Top of the Carlton

Openinghours: open from 6pm to midnight.

If you've always dreamed of getting up high to have a drink in Venice and admire the Grand Canal from above, you've come to the right place. For once, this is an open-air bar on the roof of a hotel, the Carlton's, on the fourth floor.

On the program, cocktails, music and Mediterranean dishes if you wish. As for the panorama, you can choose between palaces, the Grand Canal, domes, bell towers and the modern Ponte della Constituzione. But what will you prefer?

7. Ca'Sagredo rooftop

Openinghours: open from April to October for restaurant guests.

To finish in beauty, here is another traditional altana on the roofs of a Venetian palace, the Ca'Sagredo Hotel.

Moreover, the panorama is very enchanting. Indeed, the plunging view of the Grand Canal in the very centre of Venice will captivate you. You have a privileged view of the ancient palaces, the small bridges that span the canals where the gondolas sail, the spires of the churches and the Rialto market. The famous market is where the barmen stock up on fruit to make delicious cocktails and the chef uses fresh produce for the menu.

Unfortunately, the only downside is that the rooftop is only accessible if you are a customer of the restaurant.

With this article, you now know the best rooftops where to have a drink in Venice!

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