Harry's Bar

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Harry's Bar is a bar in Venice . It is located west of St. Mark's Square in Calle Vallaresso 1323.

Harry's Bar was opened on May 31, 1931 by the Italian Giuseppe Arrigo Cipriani and his American friend and financier Harry Pickering, who was also namesake.

The bar soon became famous for many small dishes, for example its chicken sandwiches. The “ Bellini ”, a cocktail made from dry Prosecco and peach pulp, is best known . The name goes back to the painter Giovanni Bellini . Cipriani named the “ Carpaccio ” after the famous Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio . According to legend, he invented it for his regular customer Contessa Amalia Nani Mocenigo , who had to adhere to a strict diet and was not allowed to eat cooked food.

In the 1950s, the bar was discovered by the international jet set and made famous by literary and cinematic greats. Not only Orson Welles or Truman Capote drank their drinks here and were regular customers, Ernest Hemingway even immortalized the bar in his novel Across the River and Into the Woods .

Today the bar is run by Arrigo Cipriani , the founder's son.


  • Arrigo Cipriani: Harry's Bar. A Venetian legend. Stories, drinks and recipes. Unabridged paperback edition. Piper, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-492-23965-X .
  • Arrigo Cipriani: Harry's Bar Cookbook. The most beautiful recipes from the legendary restaurant in Venice. 15th edition. Collection Rolf Heyne, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-89910-010-5 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Harry's Bar  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
  • Harry's Bar. Cipriani USA, 2015, accessed August 4, 2015 .

Coordinates: 45 ° 26 '  N , 12 ° 20'  E