Harry’s New York Bar

Cocktail Bar in Louvre & Les Halles

One of the most popular American-style bars in the prewar years, Harry’s once welcomed writers including F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, who no doubt sampled the bar’s unique cocktail and creation: the Bloody Mary. The Cuban mahogany interior dates from the mid-19th century and was brought over from a Manhattan bar in 1911.

There’s a basement piano bar called Ivories where George Gershwin supposedly composed An American in Paris and, for the peckish, old-school hot dogs and generous club sandwiches to snack on. Its enduring tagline is ‘Tell the Taxi Driver Sank Roo Doe Noo’.