Christian Stan, at 27 Apr. 17, in News

Aman Venice, housed in a magnificent 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, has unveiled a striking new bar with unobstructed views of the canal and the palazzo’s private garden. Glamorous yet intimate, with rich period details and elegant contemporary furnishings – not to mention the largest selection of gin in the city – The Bar is the ideal setting for afternoon tea, a cocktail or a late night tipple.

Adding yet another sumptuous venue to this historic palazzo in the heart of Venice, The Bar has a high-ceilinged, spacious allure for convivial gatherings underpinned by an intimate charm for discreet meetings and romantic tête-à-têtes.

Designed by architect Gian Giacomo de Grigi for the Coccina family of Bergamo in 1550, the palazzo is a gracious reminder of a bygone era with historic art and architectural features straddling the Renaissance, Baroque and Rocco periods, and a unique destination unto itself. A sweeping staircase rises from the entrance hall through two levels to the Piano Nobile, traditionally the main living and entertainment area of the palazzo where The Bar now resides. Here one also finds the Ballroom, the Salon and the Yellow and Blue Dining Rooms. Each of these venues subtly reflects the Neo- Renaissance and Rococo heritage of Michelangelo Guggenheim, chosen by the Papadopoli brothers in the early 1800s to transform their newly acquired palazzo into one of the most significant examples of these styles in Venice. An Aman since 2013, the palazzo retains many of these features crafted by the era’s leading artists, from Tiepolo painted ceilings to dramatic fireplaces by Sansovino. The Bar itself features a regal chandelier and an ornate fresco by 19th-century artist Cesare Rotta, its walls lined with lustrous red silk, give the space its previous name, the Red Room.

Warm and inviting, with bar seating as well as generous clusters of tables and chairs, The Bar basks in late afternoon sunshine as the sun sets over the floating city, and is softly lit at night exuding an inviting siren-song ambience to passing guests. Serving tea and light meals as well as an extensive drinks menu and late night snacks, the venue is sure to become known for its impressive gin selection and its refreshing cocktails incorporating this juniper-based spirit alongside traditional Venetian liqueurs. Gin lovers will be treated to a plethora of classics as well as new cocktails: The Aman Old Fashioned is concocted with home-made vanilla bourbon, while the Saffron Delight features home- made saffron syrup. Providing a fresh take on Venetian Cicchetti (small plates akin to Spanish tapas), the accompanying food menu comprises international classics with an Italian influence. Dishes of note are the reinvented mac & cheese tortellini and the fresh, locally-sourced tiger prawns in citrus butter, while sweet treats include a decadent red velvet cake and classic tiramisu.

Dining at Aman Venice is already a must for gastronomes visiting the city. Both guests and non- residents of the hotel are welcome to experience the ever-changing seasonal menus of the Yellow and Blue Dining Rooms, helmed by Andrea Torre and renowned Michelin-starred chef David Oldani, Aman Venice’s creative culinary consultant. Open daily from 12:30pm until 1am, The Bar now serves as the perfect pre- and post-prandial gathering point.

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