Barflies and Cocktails. Over 300 Cocktail Receipts by Harry and Wynn with slight contributions by Arthur Moss - Harry McElhone, Wynn Holcomb, Arthur Moss 1927 - Lecram Press, Paris - First Edition A superb copy of this rare and wonderful roaring twenties masterpiece, penned by bartender Harry McElhone of the iconic Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, or Harry’s Bar as it was more commonly referred to by its regular clientele such as Hemingway, Dempsey, Hayworth, and Bogart. George Gershwin composed An American in Paris on the bar’s piano, and for the modern day ’mixologist’ Harry’s bar is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, French 75, Side Car and Monkey Gland. It would be safe to say that Harry fuelled many of the partnerships, publishing deals, artistic feuds, and bohemian legends of the 1920’s.

‘Harry’s New York Bar, where the mahogany counter and back-bar were shipped over from a pre-Prohibition saloon, was the first to serve chilled American cocktails. A rallying point for thirsty exiles, it was hard to find a free seat at ‘5 Rue Daunou’ (printed on the window as ‘SANK ROO DOE NOO’)’ - Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker.

Marvellously illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of Harry’s Bar, customers, and the zany and humorous cartoon-style drawings by Wynn Holcomb, together with numerous vintage advertisements for liquor, including Gordon’s gin, Bollinger champagne, Haig’s whisky, and Guinness stout.

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Barflies and Cocktails is one of the greatest of its kind…..a handy little bundle of pre-prohibition American (cocktail) favorites and current European sensations’ – David Wondrich, cocktail aficionado and drinks correspondent for Esquire.
  Born in Ireland, but tending bar in New York, Harry returned to Europe when the war broke out. In 1922, he started working at the New York Bar in Paris, and within a year he had taken over and changed the name to Harry's New York Bar.

References:
Mud Puddle Inc., web. Simon Khachadourian, The Cocktail Shaker 33.

16mo (11 x 16 cm). pp. [4] 112. Original pale orange cloth over illustrated paper covered boards.
  Condition: Near fine, hint of rubbing to boards, one or two gatherings slightly over opened.   Ref: 108137   Price: HK$ 18,000