The King Cole bar at the St. Regis hotel, New York, is always a favourite stop when visiting New York. It was at this iconic bar that the famous brunch cocktail, The Bloody Mary, was created in 1934 by bartender Fernand Petiot.
Maxfield Parrish Mural
Some mixologists also suggest that a version of this cocktail was already created earlier by Petiot in the 1920s in Paris where he was bartender at the legendary Harry’s New York bar which had Ernest Hemingway as one of its regular customers. The St. Regis hotel was founded by John Jacob Astor IV and it was Astor’s son in law Serge Obelensky, who was a Russian aristocrat and had a preference for vodka, that brought Petiot from Paris to work at the St. Regis in New York. The drink was served as a “Red Snapper” a name less vulgar than “Bloody Mary” for such a grand establishment as the King Cole bar. Today their signature Bloody Mary is still served as a Red Snapper. The cocktail bar is also famous for its gigantic mural called “Old King Cole” painted in 1906 by artists Maxfield Parrish for Astor’s 42nd street hotel The Knickerbocker but ultimately ended up at the St. Regis in 1932.