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The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets

When you say an artfully prepared cocktail. A metaphor that at the Arts Bar of The St. Regis Venice takes on new meanings between contemporary art installations and designer glasses inspired by artists of the caliber of Carlo Scarpa and Ai Weiwei.

A journey through the arts that takes inspiration from the history of the building that houses the Arts Bar, the ancient Palazzo Barozzi, where the small Teatro di San Moisè was once located, which has always been committed to the arts and the artistic avant-garde.

Today there are five buildings that make up The St. Regis Venice, a splendid 5-star luxury art hotel with a view of the Grand Canal and the Basilica della Salute, celebrated by many as the most beautiful panorama of Venice, including the great painter Claude Monet who here painted some of his masterpieces.

The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets
The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets

A world in which to take refuge, completely inspired by the artistic history of Venice and its past, present and future artistic avant-gardes.

(Patrizia Hofer, General Manager The St. Regis Venice)

The Arts Bar is made up of an elegant American bar with a lounge room, adjacent and connected to the other bar of the structure, the St. Regis Bar, boasting a splendid terrace with an Italian garden overlooking the Grand Canal, and the fine dining Gio’s Restaurant.

Here, the bar manager Facundo Gallegos, a point of reference in the lagoon for the art of mixology, has created a menu dedicated to the great artists who have made the history of Venice, from Jacopo Tintoretto to Claude Monet, from Banksy to Karen Lamonte.

The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets

Among its signatures, we find the now-famous Santa Maria, inspired by the Bloody Mary, and the Spritz, served with the Spritz Trolley, an original trolley used by bartenders to amaze guests who are fans of reinterpreted great classics. Art lovers, on the other hand, will fall for the cocktails dedicated to the artists honored by the works of art displayed in the hotel, such as the fun AW Vision drink, served on a glass with hand-blown Murano glass crab claw inspired by Ai Weiwei‘s White Chandelier, the work by the Chinese artist exhibited in the Gran Salone, or the Oriental Shapes inspired by Carlo Scarpa and Japan, both designed by Berengo Studio.

In addition to Berengo Studio, a point of reference in the lagoon for the art of hand-blown Venetian glass, The St. Regis Venice counts a series of other collaborations, such as the one with the German curator Gisela Winkelhofer, founder of Edition artCo, who has selected a series of important works to be exhibited in the Arts Bar and the St. Regis Bar.

The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets
The Arts Bar @ The St. Regis Venice (VE) — Veneto Secrets

Like, next to the virtual fireplace, Luc and Ludivine get married 2007 by Julian Opie, an artist famous for the portraits of the 4 members of the Blur band now exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, also present with his metallic silhouettes in the garden of the St. Regis Bar, Mein Feld ist die Welt/My field is the world 2000, a photographic work of the Austrian duo Rosa Brueckel and Gregor Schmoll, or the elongated sculptures by Jaume Plensa.

A journey through art that also continues in the hotel restaurant, Gio’s Restaurant, and in all the common areas and rooms of The St. Regis Venice, certainly one of the most beautiful art hotels and, since 1895, the year of its foundation with the name of Grand Hotel Britannia, one of the most celebrated and photographed by artists from all over the world.

The Secret

It was precisely in the Teatro di San Moisè that in 1810 La Cambiale di Matrimonio was staged for the first time, the first opera by a young Gioachino Rossini, and it was also here in 1896 that the first film screening in Venice by the Lumière brothers took place.

Useful Info

The Arts Bar
San Marco 2159
30124 Venezia
Tel. +39 041 2400001

Signature Cocktails: from 22 euro
Arts bites: from 25 euro

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