- Harry's New York Bar
Harry's New York Bar is a well-known bar in
Located at 5, Rue Daunou, between the
Avenue de l'Opéraand the Rue de la Paixin Paris, France, the bar was acquired by former American star jockeyTod Sloan in 1911, who converted it from a bistroand renamed it the "New York Bar."Sturges, Preston. - p. 195, "Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words". (1990). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-67929-5.] At the time, American tourists and members of the artistic and literarycommunities were beginning to show up in Paris in ever-increasing numbers and Sloan hoped to capitalize on his fame and make the place a spot where expatriates would feel at home. His bar did become a popular spot for members of the American Field Service Ambulance Corps during World War I. However, financial problems from Sloan's overspending on a lavish personal lifestyle forced him to sell the bar, and in 1923 it was acquired by Harry McElhone, who would be responsible for making it into a legendary Parisian landmark and one of the most famous bars in the world.
Over the years, Harry's New York Bar was frequented by a number of famous American expatriates and international celebrities such as
Knute Rockne, Sinclair Lewis, Snoopy, Ernest Hemingway, Bill Tilden, Coco Chanel, Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Ramon Novarro, Aly Khan, Sebastian Farago, Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart, and even the Duke of Windsoroccasionally showed up.
Other notable details
*The "Ivories" Piano Bar at Harry's is where
George Gershwincomposed " An American in Paris".
*Harry's New York Bar is the birthplace of classic cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and
The Monkey Gland. Rob Chirico, "Field Guide to Cocktails" p. 66 and 189, 2005 by Quirk Productions. ISBN 1-59474-063-1]
*Harry's was also mentioned in the fiction novel, "
American Psycho", by Bret Easton Elliswhere the main character, Patrick Bateman, often patronizes with his colleagues.Ellis, Bret E. "American Psycho". New York: Vintage Books, 1991. 86-92.]
* [http://www.harrys-bar.fr/-open%20all%20day%20and%20night-.html Harry's New York Bar official website]
* [http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/paris/harrys-bar-paris.htm The World's Best Bars]
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