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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Sharise Cunningham en
Excellent view over the canals, especially if you sit upstairs. Phenomonal service and the best Bellini in Italy, it is afterall where it was created. However, they're extremely overpriced (21 euro) as is the food, but worth one visit for the experience. GooglePlace - November 2017
Michele Bovenzi en
Iconic and unique. Busy, packed with people but still friendly, elegant waiters/bartender. There's a tiny bookshelf where you can find the long and glorious story of this little bar. Bellini is a must, and for the Italians: the gastronomic name "carpaccio" was born here, and it is still served today as in the middle of last century, with a universal sauce spread as a Kandinsky painting. GooglePlace - October 2017
Leon Ives en
I heard about this bar and restaurant and decided to visit while in Venice. Even though some of the reviews were negative. But, I thought I saw through them. When I arrived I must admit the menu gave me sticker shock. However, the atmosphere and my waiter convinced me to give it a try. Afterwards, I understood. Those who hated the prices felt the need to publicly hate the location. In short, the experience was worth every penny. My prime rib was the best I have ever had. (I am older and have traveled the US and the rest of the world extensively.). Secondly, the staff was a huge part of the overall experience. They do not just take an order and deliver it. They prepare the dish for serving and cater to your movement. I do not know how anyone describes them as arrogant or rude. I watched them all closely. They are true professionals. The manager was just as attentive. Overpriced? Perhaps a little. But, this was a truly amazing dinning experience. Every moment of it. I struck up a conversation with a couple next to me after hearing the lady commenting on their steak tartare. She was so gracious she passed some along on a piece of toast. They both said that was one of the best they have ever been served. Being a typical American I tipped my waiter. He made my evening. GooglePlace - October 2017
Javier Vela en
Dinner yesterday was great. Food was great. Service was very good and kind. The restaurant was full but we dinner upstairs. Bellini is a must. Expensive. GooglePlace - October 2017
Liz Aughton en
Iconic place, had to go. Yes it's small and overpriced, but you're in Venice. Staff are a bit snobby, but we just people watched. GooglePlace - September 2017