Harry's Bar / Venezia

Calle Vallaresso Venezia 30124
Opening Hours
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:30 - 23:00

Harry's Bar is, despite its name, mainly a restaurant located at Calle Vallaresso 1323, Venice, Italy, owned by Cipriani S.A..HistoryHarry's Bar was opened in 1931 by bartender Giuseppe Cipriani . According to the company history, Harry Pickering—a rich, young Bostonian—had been frequenting Hotel Europa in Venice, where Giuseppe Cipriani was a bartender. When Pickering suddenly stopped coming to the hotel bar, Cipriani asked him why. When Pickering explained that he was broke because his family found out his drinking habits and cut him off financially, Cipriani loaned him 10,000 lire . Two years later, Pickering returned to the hotel bar, ordered a drink, and gave Cipriani 50,000 lire in return. "Mr. Cipriani, thank you," he said, according to the Cipriani website. "Here's the money. And to show you my appreciation, here's 40,000 more, enough to open a bar. We will call it Harry's Bar."The Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared it a national landmark in 2001.PatronsHarry's Bar has long been frequented by famous people, and it was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. Other notable customers have included Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, inventor Guglielmo Marconi, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Halliburton, Truman Capote, Orson Welles, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Princess Aspasia of Greece, Aristotle Onassis, Barbara Hutton, Peggy Guggenheim, Matt Heyens, Kari Wainwright, Woody Allen and Joel Sumerlin.

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Debi Williams en
I Went here with my 17 year old son. I drank the iconic Bellini which never fails to hit the spot. We had a lovely table (we were dining) in the small but beautifully presented restaurant upstairs. The service was 'old school' utterly charming and considerate. We ordered straight from the grill (no starter) and because there was a wait the charming Maitre'd brought us mouth melting mozzarella and bread to nibble on (no charge). M steak was the best piece of beef I have ever eaten (impossible to finish as it was enough for 2 people) and my son still talks about the crispiness and moistness of his roast chicken. Our waiter insisted we shared a piece of Harry's iconic cake for dessert (no charge) even though we were totally full up! Yes, it is expensive but this is a fine example of 'you get what you pay for' It will remain in our minds forever as one of life's magic moments....Thank you Harry's Bar and ALL your charming staff! I am not sure whether I will book Venice in the future for the sake of this amazing city or simply to sit in Harry's bar.... GooglePlace - January 2018
virginie dardenne en
Very nice and iconic place! The staff and atmosphere are great, and food is very good. Don’t go there if you are looking for a cheap bite because it’s extremely expensive! Do try the Bellini, they were created there! 21€ for a Bellini and about 55€ for a pasta dish, but worth it! GooglePlace - January 2018
George Stein en
Absolutely lovely... try the "real" Bellini. A bit pricey, but great atmosphere and a perfect location for a post-touring, pre-dinner drink. Nice, classic art-deco decor... good service, good cocktails & quality nibbles. GooglePlace - December 2017
rahul rai en
Visited this bar with friends. In my opinion it's only iconic & nothing special. Very small in size, no space, not having a good view outside and overall over priced. Just too much overpriced. Very easily spottable as it's just in front of the boat station. If you want to go there just go for a couple of drinks & don't eat. Good staff & nice ambience. Decor is hundreds of years old. Nothing special to see. GooglePlace - December 2017
Darren Lyne en
A nice bar to visit. I didn't eat so I don't know what the restaurant is like, however, it's probably excellent. The cocktail, the Bellini was invented here. It's delicious. Go and get one here, though be prepared for the steep price. I visited in November 2017 and the price was 21euro. Go for one drink, but don't plan to spend the evening here if you are on a budget. It's next to St. Mark's square. GooglePlace - December 2017