Over the last few years cocktail bars have been popping up all over Paris. Here are a few of the cozier ones, just right for getting in the seasonal spirit.
Soft-lighting and glamor
It would be hard to talk about cocktail bars without mentioning the Experimental Group. It’s been almost 10 years since the three childhood friends opened their first Parisian bar together – the Experimental Cocktail Club in Montorgeuil.
The height of fashion in New York, Paris was seriously lacking in cocktail options, and it was an immediate hit! They soon opened a sister establishment in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés – the Prescription Cocktail Club. The same recipe – a warm and cosy décor, groovy jazz music, and above all super professional bar staff who delight with personalised concoctions, all accompanied by delicious finger food - and the same success for Prescription was soon declared.
In the Haut Marais district, Démon’s cocktails are a must. Take a seat in the real gem of a bar above the "Beaucoup restaurant", or privatise the whole floor, and settle into the cosy atmosphere; sheepskin throws on the armchairs, a brass bar top, and a magnificent black and white mural signed by the artist Paola Parès.
Sit back and sip in hotel bars
A little something to soften the glare of winter? Le Kult at the Hôtel Saint is the answer. In a charming quiet street on the outskirts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the romantic floral façade of the hotel draws you in immediately. Soft and refined, the interior design combines 19th century Parisian charm with an English gentlemen’s club feel and a mahogany bar. The only thing left to do is to taste one of ten cocktails created especially for the hotel.
A few streets away explore another hidden gem, l’Hôtel designed by Jacques Garcia, on Rue des Beaux Arts. Built in 1828, the hotel has welcomed many celebrities over the years: Oscar Wilde, Salvador Dali, Princess Grace of Monaco, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Serge Gainsbourg. The glamourous bar decorated with warm and flamboyant colours perfectly accompanies a Plytchi – one of the house cocktails, with a gin and rose syrup base.
Same district, different feel, the Cinq Codet’s bar has a more contemporary, but refined atmosphere. With a loft-like feel, softened by the green and black 1930s tones, the hotel lets customers sip cocktails in its bar, or on the fabulous patio.
Crossing the river Seine, we come to the Montorgeuil district to relive the crazy years of the Hôtel Bachaumont. Its bar – the Night Flight – developed with the cocktail-bar masters of the Experimental Group, has décor and indeed a menu inspired by travel. Velvet, an open fire, black marble, the luxurious feel of the place makes you feel comfortable enough to taste those new elixirs!
Experimental Cocktail Club – 37, rue Saint-Saveur, 75002 Paris - +33 1 45 08 88 09 Prescription Cocktail Club – 23, rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris - +33 9 50 35 72 87 Démon, Beaucoup - 7, rue Froissart, 75003 Paris - +33 1 42 77 38 47 Kult, Hôtel Saint - 3, rue du Pré-aux-Clercs, 75007 Paris - +33 1 42 96 65 43 - http://www.restaurant-kult.fr/en/ L'Hôtel - 13, rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris - +33 1 44 41 99 01 – www.l-hotel.com Le Cinq Codet – 5, rue Louis Codet, 75007 paris - +33 1 53 85 15 60 - www.le5codet.com Night Flight, Hôtel Bachaumont - 18, rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris - +33 1 81 66 47 55 - http://www.hotelbachaumont.com/en/pages.html