Harry's Bar: "Authentic but facing the multitude" Harry's Bar Tip by anile4

Harry's Bar, Venice: 35 reviews and 9 photos

Harrys is a small and little has changed from the 1930's except the clientele (and the food). Harry's can only sit 8 guests at the bar and there is room for one more row standing behind. In a room no bigger than 7m x 7m there are also about 10 tiny tables full of very dissatisfied customers who expected something else.

Harrys is plain and ordinary inside. What makes it special is that it is orginal and the owners (who now own bars all over the world) are to be congratulated for maintaining its integrity. It is a tiny time capsule and if you are fortunate enough to get a seat at the bar and watch the barman mix, you will have Hemmingway at your elbow. But you will be lucky to get a seat.

Don't eat there. Harry's is a bar, not a restaurant. If you are at a table you will miss the bar experience and endure one of the most claustrophobic and frustrating meals imaginable. But if you get a seat at the bar, you will be lucky indeed.

Most cocktails are E20 - reasonable for what Harry's is. Harry's does not serve Margueritas or fancy Dacquiris. The signature cocktail, the Bellini, is average, but the atomosphere and the other cocktails take you straight back to the age of steam. If you don't appreciate and understand this, don't go. Harry's staff do not give a jot what you think and make that very clear.

Address: San Marco 1323 Calle Vallaresso
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: 39-41-528-5777
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 5
Theme: Wine Bar/Wine Tasting
Website: http://www.harrysbarvenezia.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 18, 2011
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