The first time I sat in Fondamenta della Misericordia I was drinking a Campari Spritz with my Venetian peers. It was three years ago, I felt for the first time at home and I was even not homesick anymore.
As you have probably already heard, Venice doesn’t offer a great nightlife, but this is one of the rare places where people from each corner of the world and Venetians love to meet for drinks.
There you can experience an aperitivo on the boat with one cicchetto and one vino della casa at Al Timon, a traditional steakhouse which for aperitivo is usually very crowded and also very cheap. You can ask for a cicchetto at the price of 1 euro each and some house wine, also 1 euro per cup. Don’t forget to ask to have it in a plastic cup — only then will you have permission to sit outside on the boat.
One of the first things which impressed me is that you can stroll along the Fondamenta (a street beside a canal) trying the spritz and cicchetto in every bacaro (the Venetian word for bar) and at the end decide which one you liked the most (the alcohol will surely help you).
If you really want to enjoy a spritz, please don’t sit at the bar; take your cup and find a place where you can sit just by the water (be careful not to dive into the green water of the Lagoon).