Summer cocktails in the panoramic Bay of Poets

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A summer day, the infinite sea skyline, the Mediterranean greenery, the colorful thin buildings clinging together on the promenade… and a chillingly fresh, delicious cocktail in your hand! How would you like to enjoy such a scenario in charming Portovenere, overlooking the Bay of Poets just a hop, a skip, and a jump from Cinque Terre?

There is no shortage of bars in and around La Spezia, where you can find one at almost every street corner! In any of these, you will find the typical Italian beverages – ranging from coffee and cappuccino to wine to liqueurs like amaro and limoncello. However, only selected places can offer a great and quality choice of cocktails.

The panoramic, sea-view terrace at Venus Bar
The panoramic, sea-view terrace at Venus Bar

One of such locations is Venus Bar in Portovenere. Delicious cocktails and friendly staff apart, it also enjoys a seafront location overlooking the harbor and local historic center, in a strategic position for those visiting the territory between Cinque Terre and the Bay of Poets.

What are the most popular summer cocktails requested by guests?

Giuliana, head bartender and mixologist at Venus Bar, shares the Top 3 favorites by both Italian and foreign visitors

Rossini Cocktail, Venus Bar, Bay of Poets
Rossini: To prepare this typical summery drink, blend fresh strawberries, then delicately add frozen prosecco
Hemingway Special Summer Cocktail Venus Bar
Hemingway Special: Fresh grapefruit juice, maraschino cherry liqueur, fresh lime juice and Cuban rum… shake it all before enjoying
Summer Cocktails Portovenere - Liguria
Dirty Martini: a peculiar a combination of vodka, dry vermouth, brine and local Taggiasche olives

Are you travelling to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere, and looking for a great lounge bar where to enjoy drinks al fresco or under characteristic vaulted ceilings? Learn more about Venus Bar here

Venus Bar is located on the grounds of Grand Hotel Portovenere on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 5, Portovenere (La Spezia)
Tel: +39 0187 777 751, Email:

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