In a city with very little in the way of nightlife, the hotel’s B-Bar is as much of a savior to tipplers as all the churches are to pilgrims.
In a swank, and above all, hip setting, the lounge offers not only rosa de la casa and the ubiquitous spritz, but also top-shelf liquors, a curated cocktail list, and, when I was there, a live jazz band riffing along with a DJ playing funky standards.
I hung out with students in Dorsoduro, and popped into Harry’s for a Bellini; in my opinion, B-Bar is much more of a spot to see and be seen.
For those who seek something more serene than the bottom of a glass, use of the group’s Palladio Hotel & Spa across the lagoon in Giudecca is open to all Bauer guests. The palatial full-service spa has eight treatment rooms, a Turkish hamman, vitalis bath, and a relaxation room with a view of the Doge’s Palace.