It's a highlight of summer in Venice, that annual pilgrimage of Aurora Café from its outpost along St. Mark's to the sandy shores of the Lido. Many wintertime visitors often forget about the Lido altogether, spending their time in the historic center of the city never venturing out to the nearby beach scene. By summer it's all about the beach as the sometimes-fragrant canals are traded in for the fresh salty air of the nearby white sand promenade along the Lido. Just for the summer season, the town's hottest cocktail café debuts a sexy daytime lounge and outdoor bar for bikini-clad locals their Speedo-sporting admirers. By day the shore thumps with lounge music by house deejays and the occasional weekend guest, as visitors sprawl out on King-size teak daybeds and upholstered chaise lounges. A small dining room offers a casual beach menu of salads, seafood specialties and grilled sandwiches. By night the bar and outdoor lounge scene heats up as local make their way from their hotel and restaurant jobs and let loose in the gentile breezes of the outdoor dance floor.
While the rest of Venice sleeps through the August holidays, this Lido beach club turns up the music with weekend theme parties and special events.
: Venice café debuts summer beach club with daytime tanning scene and outdoor dance floor by night.