Don’t Miss Drinking the Famous Harry’s Bar Bellini in Venice

I do not have many regrets about my travels to the charming city of Venice in Northern Italy. Even missing out on a gondola ride through the canal didn’t leave me feeling all empty inside. What did leave a vacant spot in my soul was related to a famous bar and its even more famous cocktail. The bellini at Harrys Bar in Venice.


Drinking the Famous (& Pricey) Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice


My biggest regret after leaving Venice was that I did not drink a bellini at Harry’s Bar.

Harry's Bar in Venice

We took the Valporetto, my pseudo gondola ride, to the birthplace of the bellini, Harry’s Bar in Venice. The boat ported practically at the front door, which I took as a subliminal message. Besides, my hands were slightly frozen and surely a libation would warm them up.

We entered a room full of bellini laced tables. That should have been a sign.

But, I was being my frugal self that day and at 16 euros ($22) each, it wasn’t the bargain beverage I was looking for. I did briefly question my euro-to-dollar conversion, because even when dining at the pricey Ritz Carlton drinks were cheaper than Harrys Bar in Venice. The calcuation was spot-on, unfortunately.

Instead, I ordered an eleven dollar glass of prosecco, one of the cheapest drinks on the menu, next to sparkling water.

Harry's Bar in Venice Bellini

As I waited for my drink to arrive, I nibbled on an olive antipasto and was forced to watch as the bartender lined up the bellini glasses for all the patrons who were not as economical as me. A mild form of torture.

My Italian champagne beverage was very good, but tainted by the desire for the assembly-line made drink of the house. Certainly, I could have forgone a half dozen espresso drinks to spring for a memorable experience of a lifetime.

What is your biggest travel regret? Have you had a bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice?


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45 thoughts on “Don’t Miss Drinking the Famous Harry’s Bar Bellini in Venice”

  1. I went to Harrys, but as a college kid on an extreme budget at the time, I didn't get anything to drink, just poked my head in. I'd love to go back one day though.

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    • I didn’t buy anything when I was there either, probably lost my money gambling ;)
      Hope you are able to go back and change that!

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  2. I hate travel regrets, I always wonder if I will ever have the chance to go back and put things right. I have a couple of friends that collect things from everywhere they go, for example one friend collects sand from beaches that they visit and keeps it in bottles, another collects hard rock cafe pins and one has a photo pose take every time he goes to  new place. I have nothing. I dont have one travel regret but given all the places I have been I wish I had a "thing" I could do or had collected from all of them!

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    • I usually collect “photos”, but it would be nice to be passionate about collecting one thing from every travel location. As long as it wasn’t a knick knack that I’d have to dust!

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  3. I immediately recognised Harry's Bar from the Bellini production line. I did spring the €16 and was deeply disappointed. A cocktail should be poured with care and attention – I've seen more passion go into a coffee at Starbucks and for me the experience took the edge off the taste. Fortunately, the Bloody Mary at the sister Harry's Bar in Paris redeemed the brand and I'd say your money is much better spent there!

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  4. 16 euros for a drink?!  Wow, that *would* be hard to justify.  Most of our travel regrets have come from stupid mistakes rather than things we wished we had done.  =P

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    • It is a very expensive drink & I could only justify it in my mind by saying “it will be an experience to remember”…hopefully ;)

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  5. Oh, no! Now I have a regret about Venice! I never had a drink there either! We often think about what type of food we could eat or restaurants we could try if money was no object. Some experiences would be great, but I love my street food too. Moderation I guess, save a lot most days and spend more on only a few days?!

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    • I agree that a street food experience could be just as memorable as a restaurant experience…all in moderation :)

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  6. I have yet to go to Venice, but it IS on my bucket list.  And now I will make sure I go to Harry's and drink a Bellini, just for you!  I am a sucker for a good Bellini anyway! ;)  Thanks for the great article! 
    (P.S. My biggest regret is going to Rome, twice, and still yet not visiting the Baths… but someday I will!)

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  7. Hey stopping by from the Alexa blog hop.   I love your blog layout and pictures.  Sooo jealous you went to Venice.  It looks beautiful.

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  8. I was 19 or 20 the last time I was in Venice, and I had no idea Harry's Bar existed. When I get back to Italy I will be sure to visit. 
    I try not to have regrets when traveling. If I miss something, I put it on the list for next time :)

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  9. My wife loves bellinis. She makes them at home all the time. I don't think she'd be willing to part with $22 for one though. Ouch!

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  10. That's why I always make a rule that when traveling, not to abide by my usual frugal rules. I have all my life to cut coupons – how many times do you get to be in Venice! Oh well. Just means you have to go back!

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  11. what?  i've been to venice twice and i didn't know this was something i had to do!  now i must.  especially since i'm a bit of a lush!  way to enable annette haha

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  12. Never been to Venice, but my biggest travel regret is from my yacht trip around the Whitsundays in Australia. It was about 7 years ago and my regret is that I didn't take enough pictures… 

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  13. Just discovered your blog via link on someone else's (isn't that how it goes?) and since Google Reader pulls the last 10 posts I saw this one and had to pipe up! I was just thinking about some of my travel regrets the other day. Aside from the biggest being just simply not traveling ENOUGH, my biggest regret is that I lived in Paris for 6 months and never made it to Giverny to see Monet's gardens. I tell myself it's just a sign that I have to return :)

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    • Now that is the perfect reason to return to Paris (along with a thousand others). Not backpacking through Europe after college is probably one of my biggest regrets. I can still do that in my 40s…right?

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  14. It's always those small things you miss out on when your trying to be save money while travelling that you miss. For me it's souvenirs, I am like no I shouldn't spend my money on that and then I regret it later, when I am looking for a gift to give someone. 

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  15. Well, it is already long time ago , maybe in the meantime you had your Bellini in Harry’s Bar, just to find out, you did not miss so much the first time. Even at home, why not mixing Prosecco with peachmark — and you got your Bellini…..
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  16. I have been to Venice and I went to Harry’s Bar and paid for a Belini cocktail. It didn’t matter how much it cost, but I will tell you It was delicious. I’ve read the stories about Hemingway drinking a Belini and I can see why he did. I loves the whole experience.

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  17. I haven’t been to Venice, but like you, I have my share of travel regrets. Mine usually revolve around not taking photos because I felt embarrassed or the timing was off. But one day, went I get to Venice, I will go to this bar and make sure I have enough money to enjoy a night there!

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