Harry’s New York Bar

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SUNDAY - THURSDAY: 12 P.M. - 2 A.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
+33 1 42 61 71 14 | WEBSITE

A New York bar that was dismantled and brought across the Atlantic in the early 20th century, New York Bar opened in Paris on Thanksgiving Day, 1911. (When legendary Scottish bartender Harry MacElhone bought it in the ’20s, he renamed it Harry’s New York Bar.) Since then, it has become a Paris institution attracting the likes of existentialist giants Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Humphrey Bogart and Coco Chanel. As the birthplace of the French 75 (or a Soixante Quinze), Harry’s Bar has been a cocktail institution longer than any trend. Nowadays, it’s a very tourist spot and the prices remind you of it. But if you you’re in it to relive a moment of history, it’s worth the tariff.

Known For
  • historic
  • craft cocktails
  • live music
What to drink
A French 75. The Sidecar and Bloody Mary are also house standards (and, by some accounts, were said to have been invented here too, though most likely, Harry's just popularized them).
The drinks are expensive, so plan to do a one-and-done (for tradition's sake) before moving on to the next spot.