In 1911, a former US jockey convinced a friend who owned a bar in New York to dismantle it and to shift it Rue Daunou in Paris. Harry MacElhone is then approached to open the bar on Thanksgiving Day, 26 November 1911.
The adventure starts!
Since then, generations succeeded one another in this mythical place. Authors such as Hemingway, Sartre or Blondin came to taste a few of the most famous cocktails in the world which were created here, e.g the Bloody Mary or the White Lady.
Harry’s Bar has published a book recounting its extraordinary story. A century later, it is still an inescapable place in Paris.
The Straw vote
The Harry’s Bar organises since 1924 a straw vote starting a month prior to the election day in the US allowing the Americans in Paris during this period to express their vote for the candidate they support. Results are published on a regular basis.
This vote has become a real institution, more reliable that the polling agencies altogether. The Harry’s Bar was wrong only twice in 87 years and 25 elections. The process is strict in order to avoid any cheating. A big party is organised on the night of the elections and the Harry’s Bar is once again then the place to be.
Harry MacElhone started working at Harry’s Bar in 1911, called at the time the New York Bar. The MacElhone family is still at the helm of this legendary bar with the assistance of an excellent team fully dedicated to the bar and its customers.
Harry transmitted the reins to Andrew who in turn passed them on to Duncan. Franz-Arthur, Harry’s great-grand son, was born, like him, on June 16, 98 years down the line !