Just behind the Frari Church, I discovered this cozy small wine bar, Enoteca Rio Marin. What makes it different from the other places in Venice? I think the fact that it looks less Venetian than the others but still keeps with the “bacaro” style.
In a way it’s a little bit more sophisticated and refined but still an affordable place where you can hang out for an aperitif and stay out for dinner at the same time. The main difference is that you can actually have a proper dinner in this place, ordering from the menu a la cart, despite it not being a real restaurant. The cuisine offers a wide array of local Venetian dishes and small snacks to be enjoyed seated on the few comfortable tables inside or the ones outside on the railing flanking the canal. I especially like the sarde in saor and the various crostini.
The main feature of the bar is of course the wine, rigorously from the local zone: red, rosè or white, sparkling or still, fruity or sweet, the walls of the bar are stacked with bottles, while the brown wooden interior gives off a really relaxing atmosphere.