Located at 5, Rue Daunou, between the Avenue de l'Opéra and the Rue de la Paix in Paris, France, the bar was acquired by former American star jockey Tod Sloan in 1911, who converted it from a bistro and renamed it the "New York Bar." Sloan had gone partners with a New Yorker named Clancy who owned a bar in Manhattan. That bar was dismantled and shipped to Paris. Sloan then hired Harry MacElhone, a barman from Dundee, Scotland, to run the place. At the time, American tourists and members of the artistic and literary communities 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 MacElhone, its former barman, who added his name to the bar, and who would be responsible for making it into a legendary Parisian landmark. Many great classics were invented over the years such as the White Lady (1919), the Bloody Mary (1921), the Harry's Pick Me Up (1923), the Side Car (1931), the Blue Lagoon (1960), the James Bond (1963) ... and many other legendary cocktails, which are now classic and served by barmen all over the world.
Over the years, Harry's New York Bar was frequented by a number of famous American expatriates and international celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Bill Tilden, Coco Chanel, Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Ramon Novarro, Matthew DeCoste, Aly Khan, Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart and even, occasionally, the Duke of Windsor.
In the 1960 Ian Fleming short story "From a View to a Kill", James Bond recalls visiting Harry's Bar during his first visit to Paris at age 16. He followed the instructions in Harry's advertisement in the Continental Daily Mail, and told his taxi driver 'Sank Roo Doe Noo'. He recalls "That had started one of the memorable evenings of his life, culminating in the loss, almost simultaneous, of his virginity and his notecase". Come to Sank Roo Doe Noo and enjoy a Monkey rather than a Kangaroo is what we recommend.