"and champagne cocktails at Harry's bar"

Harry's Bar is a Venetian bar and restaurant. It was a famous haunt of the writer Ernest Hemingway. As it did not open until 1931, Waugh has made what Lord Marchmain would refer to as a bêtise.

The Bellini, a cocktail made from prosecco (a sparkling wine) and peach purée, is said to have originated there.

The original Bellini recipe


Interior of Harry's Bar, Venice
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeInterior of Harry's Bar, Venice - Credit: Felix Haslimeier, Wikimedia Commons