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Al Merca

#14 of 1,207 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
San Polo
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213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
34 68 34 06 60
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun, Little Wine Bar- Worth a Stop

Al Merca is literally a walk up bar serving wine and little bites and small sandwiches. Always crowded and a lively, friendly group. Wonderful place to stop to refuel. Not many places to sit and they have some wine barrels around to set your glass on. Try the cheese shop next door too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Kirsten W
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Leesburg, Virginia
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Leesburg, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Al Merca is literally a walk up bar serving wine and little bites and small sandwiches. Always crowded and a lively, friendly group. Wonderful place to stop to refuel. Not many places to sit and they have some wine barrels around to set your glass on. Try the cheese shop next door too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

After a visit to the market we saw a huge crowd in front of this place and wanted to check it out. They offer a variety of small sandwiches and drinks 'to go'. Everything tasted delicious and we will definitely come back

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New York, New York, United States
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139 reviews 139 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Awesome cheap place for a wine on the go! The wines start at only $2 and they are delicious. Great little cheap sandwiches and cost us $5 for a sandwich and 2 wines. You stand around the piazza and drink your wine and watch people. It's fun and cheap and a perfect place to stop before dinner. Off the tourist... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

This place was very close to our hotel and we went every night of our stay to start off. It had a great atmosphere and a real local feel to it. Very reasonable prices and the spritz and wines excellent

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We stumbled across this bar while we were walking around the grand canal in venice. Given its location we were expecting high prices, however having orders two glasses of prosecco and two snacks it only came to €7. This is a standing only bar (known in Italian as a bacari bar), but you feel in the heart of venice when... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I remember the first time I discovered this locale a few years back with my friends. It was packed with locals enjoying an after-work chit chat with colleagues and friends. They were all holding what we later on found out to be Aperol Spritz. Other than great wine selection and cocktails, they also offer small snacks which go perfectly with... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Do stop at this great little bar - you will enjoy the simple but superb snacks and excellent wine. A perfect spot for people watching or just energy boost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

Our favourite place to go in Venice! The wine is superb, the little rolls are great, fantastic staff and vibrant local atmosphere. Daytime visits are great, and it can be absolutely buzzing at night. Don't be intimidated by the crowds, get stuck in at the bar, smile and shout your order. Try a glass (or 2!) of Refusco, a really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Found this place by accident. Saw a crowd and went to see what was happening.Total surprise to find it was selling wine and snacks. Good wine at only a couple of euros for a generous glass. Got our wine and simply sat in the square in the sun with everyone else, informal and very relaxed.Friendly and helpful staff...whats not to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Accidentally came across this tiny place at around midday. Attention was drawn by the small crowd in this quaint square so I had a look in and saw an extensive wine list on either wall with a counter of small slider type rolls, filled with various salamis and cheese. A glass of Chardonnay and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, together... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
  • Neighborhood: San Polo
  • Phone Number: 34 68 34 06 60

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?