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I always thought; this Harry-s Bar Venice you must visit! But, I got an awful experience. I will tell you later on how it happend.

Harry's Bar in Venice was opened in 1931 by Arrigo Cipriani. The name of the bar is related to the American who funded this establishment.

This establishment is the legendary place in Venice of Ernest Hemmingway. He visited this Bar frequently, drinking and eating lunch. If you have the privilege to visit, taste the carpaccio. Thin slices of raw beef are invented here at Harry-s Bar Venice by Mr. Cipriani. Harry's Bar is therefore very popular among Americans.

Harry 's Bar Venice Italy

But, for me, it was not good. The waiters welcomed us not very pleasant. Like we were not their cup of tea. And we could not go to the 1st floor with window seating and less cluttered. Drinks and lunch are pricey. I think this carpaccio is not exceptional, too much mayonnaise and to small. I do not recommend it to you. EUR 25, - for a thin slice of raw meat. I like to hear your experience with Harry s Bar Venice.

If it is not the food, it has to be the...

...History of Harry-s Bar Venice

Harry's Bar Venice

A long time ago in 1929, a young wealthy American named Harry Pickerin stayed for months in Hotel Europe Venice.

He enjoyed his life until he discovered his parents blocked his bank account. To pay the hotel and his return to his home in the USA he had to collect 5.000 dollars. 

The bartender (Mr. Cipriani) of the hotel worked for many difficult years, but he also had a generous heart. He gave all his savings to Harry.

Front view of Harry s Bar Venice Italy

For two difficult years, the bartender didn’t hear anything. Suddenly, Harry Pickerin visited again and paid the bartender plus an extra of 20.000 dollars.

With this amount of money, the bartender started his bar! He named it to the American Harry Pickerin, called ‘Harry’s Bar.’ 

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...Visiting Harry’s Bar Venice?

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The bartender took his chance and nowadays this establishment is a must visit. Harry's Bar in Venice is famous among Americans.

Address: Calle Vallaresso 1323, San Marco. Near San Marco Square to the opposite of vaporetto station S. Marco (Vallaresso).

Drinking Tip! Drinking a Calle Vallaresso Cipriani’s famous Bellini cocktail (Prosecco with peach) and eating thin slices carpaccio upstairs in the restaurant.

When opening the guest book, it will surprise you who visited this famous bar. From 'Truman Capote' to the one and only 'Ernest Hemingway'...

The famous bartender Cipriani soon opened his luxury hotel (the well known Cipriani Hotel) and restaurant. Yes, Venice Italy has its own beautiful success story. One thing I know for sure, my next stay I definitely will visit Harry’s Bar Venice never again. And you?

The bill of my most expensive carpaccio ever!

Wondering how much I paid for my lunch at Harry's Bar? This overrated food was a total of EUR 91.30.

And what did I eat?

  • 2 Bellini cocktails = EUR 33, -
  • 2 Small Carpaccio's = EUR 50, -
  • 1 basket with bread = EUR 8.30

And service was not as good as they tell on many sites and in books.

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