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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Robot Bartender  
  An automated, mechanical bar tending robot.  

The star chamber in the home of Presteign was built to provide the ultimate in security. So much so, that human employees were often forgone in favor of robots.

His senses uncrossed in the ivory-and-gold star chamber of Castle Presteign... Taste became taste as he sipped the cognac that the robot bartender handed him.
He knew his life was at bay, faced with the decision of his life. He ignored his enemies and examined the perpetual beam carved in the robot face of the bartender, the classic Irish grin.
"Thank you," Foyle said.
"My pleasure, sir," the robot replied and awaited his next cue.
"Nice day," Foyle remarked.
"Always a lovely day somewhere, sir," the robot responded...
"Day," Foyle said.
"Always a lovely day somewhere, sir," the robot responded...
Foyle turned to the others. "That's me," he said, motioning to the robot. "That's all of us. We prattle about free will, but we're nothing but response ... mechanical reaction in prescribed grooves..."
Technovelgy from The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Berkley in 1956
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Compare to the usuform robot bartender from Q.U.R. (1943) by Anthony Boucher.

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