In 1911, an American jockey named Tod Sloan had a New York bar dismantled and shipped to Paris to be rebuilt on the 5 Rue Daunou. Sloan hired a barman from Scotland named Harry MacElhone. In 1923, because of financial problems, Sloan sold the bar to MacElhone who changed the name from the New York Bar to Harry’s Bar.

Harry’s Bar is one if not the most famous bar in the world. It was here that the Bloody Mary, the Side Car, and other cocktails were born. The Bar was frequented by famous people like Ernest Hemingway and Rita Hayworth. It was here at the piano that George Gershwin composed “An American in Paris.”

Harry’s Bar is also well known as the place where Americans in Paris have correctly chosen by straw vote since 1924, who the next President of the United States will be. It was wrong only twice in 87 years or 25 elections: Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976 (with Gerald Ford), and the re-election of George W Bush in 2004.*

Harry’s Bar will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on the 26th of November 2011.

Information sources: Harry’s Bar website, Wikipedia, a Frenchman in Paris, and *At Harry’s Bar in Paris, Obama looks like a sure winner

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