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The best nightlife in Venice is in Dorsoduro, the quarter in the southwest corner of the island. Local university students flock here, especially to Campo Santa Margherita, a lovely piazza that starts to bustle with fun-seekers as the sun sets. Nightspots range from hip wine bars to dive bars, and some have live music. Other good spots for nightlife that Forbes Travel Guide's editors' love include bars in the neighborhoods of Cannaregio and Castello. Meanwhile, Venice's most touristy quarters, Santa Croce and San Marco, are mostly dead by midnight. In general on the island, it can be hard to find places that have much of a crowd or are even open late at night. For example, the local wine bars that serve drinks and snacks usually close at 9 p.m. And many other nightspots have to close by midnight, due to the island's noise ordinances.