I love nothing more than an excuse to nip to a cosy pub for a festive mulled wine or four over the holiday season, but, how good would it be if we didn’t have to tussle at a crowded bar… but could click our fingers and out pirouettes our very own waiter on skates, coat tails flapping, with your next round of drinks – all without spilling a drop!

If you went on holiday to the Grand Hotel les Bains in St Moritz, Switzerland, in the 1920s and 30s, this is the service you’d expect. This winter playground of the rich and famous, was famous for the serving of drinks on its ice terrace by skating waiters, made famous by head waiter Renee Breguet, pictured above.

Obviously these kind of skills took some time to perfect, and watching the dramatic stacks were half the fun. Luckily, the press, including LIFE magazine’s  Alfred Eisenstaedt was on hand to capture the scene of the resort’s golden age… 

I wonder how many bones were broken and delicious cocktails lost in the quest to perfect the art of the skating waiter? The mind boggles…

Obviously, while the waiters perfected their turns and toe loops, the rich and famous hung out at the ice bar…

Via the Life Archives and Mashable.

Psst. A trip to Santa School, circa 1960. 

Pssst. Vintage photos of celebrities at airports. 

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