Oriental Bar, Hotel Metropole (VE)
Located a few minutes away from Piazza San Marco, the Oriental Bar of the 5-star Metropole Hotel is a very unique spot immersed in a fabulous colonial déco set reminiscent of the “Around the World in 80 days”. Here, guests can enjoy the bar’s signature tea ceremony or the amazing cocktails artfully prepared by a skillful bartender. Its historic rooms inspired the most important artists of all time, including Vivaldi, who here composed The Four Seasons, and Thomas Mann, a devoted regular, who wrote its book Death in Venice.
Every afternoon, from October to March, the Bar offers a selection of fine teas by Dammann Frères, one of the oldest Parisian “Maison du Tè”. While in the evening, the Bar Manager Bruno Iaconis delights its guests with fine cocktails, such as the famous Vivaldi Martini, to be sipped by candlelight while admiring the Grand Canal or in the recently renewed secret garden.
The Metropole Hotel has a truly fascinating history that began around the 16th century, when the building was part of the important Santa Maria della Pietà Children’s Institute. In around 1690 the structure was enriched with a small church and it is right in the oratory, to whom the ancient columns behind the bar counter belongs, that Antonio Vivaldi taught his music lessons to the young girls of the Institute, composing some of his most famous pieces of music. At the end of the 19th century the building was converted into a hotel, frequented by very illustrious guests such as Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, until 1943 when, due to the war, it was turned into a military hospital. In 1968 it was finally purchased by Pierluigi Beggiato and his wife Elisabeth who decided to restore and share with their guests their passion for collecting antiques and fine artcrafts. A tradition that is now perpetrated by their daughter Gloria who continues enriching the hotel with rare and fine art. In 2017 a neon-art work by artist Joseph Kosuth has been permanently installed inside the Oriental Bar, a tribute to Sigmund Freud, one of the famous regulars of the Metropole Hotel.
Oriental Bar @ Hotel Metropole
Where: Venice, near Ponte dei Sospiri, on Riva degli Schiavoni
When: coffee and tea breaks, evening drinks
Why: it’s like being in the “Around the World in Eighty Days” museum
How: get there from 3pm onwards for the lavish Tea Ceremony. In collaboration with Dammann Frères, from October to March, the ceremony includes the most famous tea blends in the world to choose from. In the evenings enjoy some terrific cocktails by Bar Manager Bruno Iaconis.
Riva degli Schiavoni 4149
+39 041 5205044
Cocktails: 16 euro
Dishes: from 16 to 35 euro