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from Wikipedia by Clayton Parker from Chatillon sur Indre, France CC BY-SA 2.0

Harry's Bar is, despite its name, mainly a restaurant located at Calle Vallaresso 1323, Venice, Italy, owned by Cipriani S.A..


Harry'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 (about $500 US [$7,839 in 2015 dollars]). 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.


Harry's Bar has long been frequented by famous people, and it was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. Other notable customers have included John Robertson,David McCafferty,Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, inventor Guglielmo Marconi, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Richard Halliburton, Truman Capote, Orson Welles, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Princess Aspasia of Greece, Aristotle Onassis, Barbara Hutton, Peggy Guggenheim, Joel Sumerlin, Tareq Salahi, George Clooney, and Woody Allen..
The bar was also briefly mentioned in the second and subsequent editions of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited as a frequent haunt of principal characters Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte during their time in Venice.

Food and drink

Harry's Bar is home of the Bellini and Carpaccio.
Harry's Bar is also famous for its dry martini, which is served in a small glass without a stem. Their dry martinis are very dry, apparently with the ratio of 10 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. This is an adaptation of the Montgomery Martini, which is 15 parts gin to 1 part dry vermouth. The Montgomery is named after British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who liked to have a 15 to 1 ratio of his own troops against enemy troops on the battle field. Ernest Hemingway is said to be the first person to order a Montgomery at Harry's Bar.
Harry's Bar serves classic Italian dishes. Its prices are high (40,000 lire (€20) for a bowl of minestrone, in 2001).


Harry's Bar is today "the anchor to a global brand, positioned around the Cipriani name." In New York City, the Ciprianis run the restaurants Harry Cipriani, Cipriani 42nd Street, and DownTown, a travel company, and a catering company. Buenos Aires is home to three more outlets. In Venice, the Ciprianis also own Harry's Dolci. The Cipriani brand also includes lines of pastas, sauces, olive oils, coffee, books, and kitchenware.
In 2007 the Ciprianis pleaded guilty to tax evasion in the United States. In 2012, with debts of over €6m, the bar was sold to Luxembourg-based investment group Blue Skye.


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