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Jerry Thomas Speakeasy
Vicolo Cellini 30, Rome
By Hamish Smith
In his 1860s pomp, some say Jerry Thomas earned more than the then president of the US. In his bar he hung immodest portraits of himself; his book, The Bartenders Guide, was and is the most famous literary examination of the cocktail; and in the Blue Blazer, he even had a flamboyant liquid catchphrase. Jerry Thomas was, unequivocally, the first celebrity bartender.