World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 1.1 (153 votes)

Harry's Bar

Listed under Bars in Venice, Italy.

  • Photo of Harry's Bar
  • Photo of Harry's Bar
  • Photo of Harry's Bar
Photo of Harry's Bar
Photo by flickr user claytron
Pin It

More like a 1950’s hotel lobby than a bar, and always very busy, Harry’s Bar is still an irresistible institution. You will naturally want to order a Bellini, they were 15 Euro last visit, but then this is their birthplace! My tip would be to order a ‘Rogers’ second – pretty much a Bellini but with an extra shot of something and at only one Euro more it’s better value and very tasty. People talk of the old clientele (Hemingway, Capote and Orson Welles) the place used to attract and expect something grander, but they went for the atmosphere and because Harry’s is a Venice institution, part of the cyclical life of the place. It was opened in 1931.

The staff, in their white coats and black bow ties, are always charming and demure and will bring you a Beef Carppaccio, the bar’s other signature dish, in the same way that they have been since the place opened. Things here just don’t seem to change. My Dad swears he has been served by the same person at ten year intervals.

People supposedly come to try Bellinis but come back for the atmosphere, which apparently hasn’t changed since it was opened. It’s expensive. But you would expect that and it is somehow more of an experience than just a drink or meal.

Written by  romantic poet.

Other expert and press reviews

“Harry's Bar, Venice”

By Jay Rayner for The Observer Sunday November 11, 2001 Jay Rayner takes a vaporetto to the birthplace of Bellinis and Carpaccio where the prices are steep and nothing is too much trouble, including carrying the Aga Khan to the table in his own armchai… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article on The Guardian Website

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

Harry's Bar, Venice

I found Harry's Bar to be a delightful, refreshing experience with a top notch staff, thanks to Nevio and his team who were so generous and lovely.

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Socarrat Paella Bar

    Recently at the newly opened Socarrat for a pre-birthday celebration, I found this to be a fabulous tapas bar with wonderful se…

  • The Opera Bar

    Underneath the Opera House, this bar doesn't just have location, location, location – it's got another couple of usages of the …

  • La Champagneria

    Cava is good, cheap cava is better, and cava with a toasted cheese or bacon bocadillo (sandwich) cannot be beaten by anything o…

Nearby Experiences

  • Bauer Il Palazzo

    "More refined and exclusive cousin of the Bauer, with Grand Canal views"

  • Hotel Flora

    "Charming hotel of Venetian antiques and a garden, close to St Marks"

  • Riding with style in Venice

    Few visitors to Venice think of combining the cultural and architectural riches of that unique city with an equestrian vacation…

Related links

Contribute to this page