Nightlife in Venice is decidedly low-key. Late-night entertainment is limited to some bars and live music cafes, where you can hear jazz, blues or reggae, with an occasional Latino or rock session.
The main party areas are Campo Santo Margherita in Dorsoduro, the heart of student life, and Fondamenta della Misericordia in Cannaregio, where a string of waterfront bars and tiny clubs transforms the whole quayside into one long nightspot and the Rialto Erbaria area.
In Venice, late-night bars generally open around 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm and stay open until around 2:00 am, with later hours at weekends, particularly those bars popular with students.
In wintertime, the opening times vary considerably, often with shorter hours.
Dress code is relaxed, so wear what you like, remembering that Venetian bars can get very hot and crowded. Most places do not charge an entry fee, so you can hear live music for just the cost of your drink.
During Carnival, lot of pay-to-enter parties are organized in historical palaces and in large unused port warehouses.
Most restaurants and hotels organize Last of the Year banquets, sometimes with parties till the early hours.
If you really can’t live without some serious clubbing, it’s best to head for the Mainland and the Littoral, to the throbbing house and techno scene at the resort of Lido di Jesolo, and on the opposite side of the Lagoon, Chioggia and Sottomarina.