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Italian, Wine Bar, Pub
Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 7 October 2020

Love this place- terrific value, great choice of wines by the glass, great snacks, friendly and hard working staff, set in an atmospheric courtyard a stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge. If we had friends visiting us in Venice, this would be the number 1...place I'd take them- in fact some did visit us and we went together! If it had a toilet, it would be perfection!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 7 September 2020 via mobile

The greatest little bar. The drinks are unbeatably priced and the location is beautiful, in a small courtyard just down from the Rialto bridge. The bartenders are wonderful and the drinks are strong. There is nowhere to sit but that’s why the vibe is so...good. The Cicchetti is also fantastic (the aubergine and tuna polpette were amazing). We cancelled reservations for my birthday in a fancy bar because we loved this place so much we preferred drinking here each night. I can’t recommend enoughMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 11 March 2020

This is an amazing bar, in a tiny space, great tasting rolls and a huge wine list- and its great value. E1.50 for.a roll and drinks ranging from E2.00 upwards, all served in a glass, with china plate. The guys are fun, and despite being...very busy make time to interact with you. Although there is no formal seating, there are spaces to stand your glasses around the square. if you are really lucky there may be live music as well.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020

Al Merca is a hole-in-the wall local bar in Venice. The wines were priced at about 3-5 euros while the crostini was about 1.50eur. If you are into reds, do try both the Ripasso (had a lot more flavour), as compared to the Valpolicella Classico...as there was less fermentation with Amarone grape skins. If you’re looking for something more casual, go for the Aperol Spritz.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 5 February 2020

Fresh sandwiches, 1,50€ each and great wine starting from 2€ a glass. You have to stand, like in most places in Venice, but it’s worth it, even though you don’t get to sit down. Try baccala mantecato sandwich-delicious! Great place for aperitif.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 October 2019 via mobile

While I didn’t have any food at Al Merca, I did thoroughly enjoy the very inexpensive wine. Both the Valpolicella Classico and Ripasso were excellent at only EUR 2.50 and 3.50/glass. I recommend buying a glass of wine and then stepping next door to Casa...del Parmigiano for some cheese and prosciutto to accompany your drink.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 27 September 2019 via mobile

That’s the kind of place to stop buy for a quick drink and chicchetti. Good prices, quick service, tasty chicchetti, nice location near Rialto bridge.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 27 September 2019 via mobile

You have a big variety from where to choose sandwiches and drinks, all at a good price . A nice way to start your day .

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

Came here as a recommendation. Lovely spot to grab quick food and a drink. Staff nice. In a nice location, not far from Rialto Bridge.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 17 September 2019

Whenever we're in Venice we make a bee-line for Al Merca. On a little square next to the Rialto market it is nothing fancy, just a tiny shopfront with just enough room for two guys behind the counter and two customers inside. Most customers stand...in the square enjoying their drinks and cicchetti and why wouldn't you when a glasswork of delicious Prosecco costs just 2.50 euros and a snack only 1.50 euros. It's the perfect pit stop if you're wandering the city or even if you fancy a pre-dinner snifter and starter.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops
display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San
Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi)
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12 April 2019|
Response from PaulHatton | Reviewed this property |
some of the chicetti and polpette are fish based, but you'd need to check on the day, as they do change
22 July 2018|
Response from 578axelb | Reviewed this property |
Can’t answer that because I am not the owner, just an enthusiastic tourist and guest
30 September 2015|
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Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
Monday-Saturday 10AM till 2.30 - 3 PM for sure. They are closed on Sundays (because there is no market on Sundays). Several sites (for instance Lonely Planet) mention that they also open from 6-9 PM. However, the times I... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Al Merca

  • Yes, Al Merca offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Al Merca offers delivery services.

  • Al Merca is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5