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The cocktail bars of Paris
In recent years, the French capital has caught up with its delay in terms of mixology. These new places, run by emblematic figures passionate about the art of cocktails, are becoming real landmarks for amateurs. We unearthed the addresses that bring true vision and a new drinking experience in Paris.
Les Petites Saisons
Ready for a one-way trip to Japan, China or India? Nestled behind Montmartre, near La Mairie of the 18th arrondissement, Les Petites Saisons, as its name suggests, changes its menu four times a year to take you to different corners of the world. After the United States or Latin America, Les Petites Saisons is releasing its anniversary menu consisting of 10 signature cocktails with 100% Asian alcohols. Thanks to a sharp selection of alcohols, Japanese gin, Indian whiskey and Indonesian rum, we find a benchmark for cocktail bars in the 18th arr. The best-seller: Tiki Tij, a Mai Tai-style cocktail composed of Thai and Indian rum, Japanese mandarin liqueur, lime juice, coconut water, spicy bitters and homemade kaffir lime and cardamom syrup.
Les Petites Saisons
57, rue Ramey – 18th
Tuesday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tel. : 01 42 57 79 49
The 46 bar
A stone’s throw from République hides an absolutely amazing cocktail bar. Open since 2018, the meeting place for regulars that is the 46 bar is the perfect spot to spend an evening with friends enjoying an absolutely crazy creative cocktail. There, in a subdued atmosphere inspired by New York cocktail bars, we fall for the Porn Star Martini with vanilla-infused vodka, lemon, sugar and passion fruit puree, served with a touch of cocoa powder to balance it all out. Everything else on the menu is crazy, and if you’re a gambler, choose the bespoke mystery option and let yourself be surprised… To be enjoyed in complete privacy near the long counter or on the terrace on sunny days.
The 46 bar
46 Rue René Boulanger — 10th
Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2
a.m. Happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s a bit of a hidden treasure that the 7th was waiting for. This tropical-looking cocktail bar specializing in rum is worth a visit! Cozy atmosphere, jungle spirit, decoration that oscillates between nature and contemporary, crazy cocktails concocted by Kevin Compère, the Head bartender, this is the new temple of mixology a few steps from the Eiffel Tower. This young enthusiast creates creations that are both exotic, fruity and sweet but above all original and surprising, always enhanced with an acid, fresh or even smoky note. This former cook converted into a mixologist, even prepares his own syrups and overflows with imagination. The must try: banana ketchup is the secret recipe that he delicately places on a banana chip in certain cocktails to give them a spicy touch. Our favorite: the Manao Signature Cocktail with Plantation Original Dark Rum with New Grove coffee liqueur, apricot puree, passion fruit puree, grenadine syrup and spice-infused absinthe or the Banana Entremet Mocktail, made with apple juice, pureed banana, pistachio syrup with tarragon and orange blossom, a killer when you prefer to play it soft!
111 av. de la Bourdonnais — 7th
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursdays from 4 p.m. to midnight
Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
Ludo and Dimitri have principles. So when they opened their cocktail bar, they made it a neighborhood place that was not only elegant and warm, but also generous and responsible. We loved the Pampa, made with Hayman’s Sloe Gin Prunelle, Combier grapefruit liqueur, squeezed lime, a few drops of tabasco, and Fever Tree ginger ale … The icing on the cocktail, they donate €1 to three associations for each €13 cocktail you order: “Fondation Assistance aux Animaux”, “Les Enfants du Soleil” and “Solidarités International – Urgence Haïti”.
1, rue Frochot – 9th
Monday-Tuesday: 6 p.m. to midnight
Wednesday-Saturday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Little Red Door
Rémy Savage, the local Bartender, has imagined a bar where you choose your cocktail according to the drawing that inspires you the most. These drawings were made by different artists from all over the world, after drinking the said beverages. Remember that Rémy Savage was voted the most imaginative chef Bartender in the world in 2014 and that his speakeasy is one of the most advanced in the capital.
60, rue Charlot – 3rd
You could have passed this wall plastered with posters several times without suspecting that behind it hides one of the best cocktail bars in Paris. You can taste cognac, armagnac, calvados, whisky and overall good food for connoisseurs. In short, Le Syndicate bar cannot be missed.
51, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis – 10th
This hidden bar is considered one of the coolest in the world. It is warm, the service cool and stress-free and you must know that it is one of the only bars in Paris to offer the Michelada cocktail (based on mezcal, beer and hot sauce). There is also a cheerful Mexican canteen that offers good little tacos at the entrance to soak it all up. A safe bet that you will never get tired of Candelaria.
52, rue de Saintonge – 3rd
A newcomer to the long list of bars in the 2nd arrondissement, Le Distrait is doing well thanks to its Nintendo, among other things. We also go there for the delicious cocktails, the cozy atmosphere with candles, cushions on the sofas and the good atmosphere.
26, rue de la Lune – 2nd
With its name written in white marker on the front, the Lockwood is a hidden bar, with a New York atmosphere to the hilt . Both a coffee-shop (upstairs) and a cocktail bar (in the basement), what gives it its character is the underground decor. At the back of a cellar, baristas all tattooed on their forearms will serve you cocktails in the vaulted room. Garage rock in the background, and an Aperol-Spritz and you’ll feel like you’re in full prohibition.
73, rue Aboukir – 2nd
No one wants to stay for hours in a laundromat… But that was before knowing Lavomatic, this bar hidden on the top floor of a laundromat. Inside, the colors are punchy, the atmosphere discreet and far from the hubbub of Paris. But obviously, Lavomatic wouldn’t have its place in the top if it didn’t stand out for its delicious cocktails. Big bonus point: the small wooden swings to return to childhood.
30, rue René Boulanger – 10th
The Dirty Dick is only hot in name (and perhaps the fifty or so rums that can be found inside). Imagine Hollywood kitsch, add a Hawaiian touch and you’ll be at the Dirty Dick. A great place to forget whatever is going on outside. A cocktail bar that will definitely disorient you! You’re welcome!
10, rue Frochot – Paris
7 days a week 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
This little bar in Bastille will immerse you in a 50’s atmosphere for sure! A lover of gin-based cocktails, the Bluebird awaits you with open wings. More than thirty varieties of Gin from all over the world are to be discovered! Behind the bar are the three former bartenders of the Moonshiner, which will ensure you a great evening with a great cocktail.
12, rue Saint Bernard – Paris
7 days a week 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Yet another secret bar in the capital, this time with Mexican colors! It is at the entrance of the 1k Paris Hotel that you will meet a traditional Mexican wrestler or a Latin hostess, who will guide you to the Mezcaleria. Once inside, cocktails are made to suit your mood. Draw the card of your mood of the day and taste the different cocktails based on Mezcal.
13 Boulevard du Temple – 3rd
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you want to drink cocktails and eat dumplings, you’ve come to the right place. This cocktail mecca has one of the best bartenders in the world behind the bar! Yes, that’s where Jennifer le Nechet, voted best bartender in the world in 2016, and Mido Ahmed Yahi, who won countless competitions, work! On the cocktail side, surprising and inventive mixes, and on the plate side, meatballs. Surprising, but meatballs and cocktails go very well together!
19, rue Keller – 11th
Tel: 01 47 00 53 62
At Bonhomie, they have succeeded in making a large 200m2 space truly warm and friendly. The central bar invites you to drink original and, above all, very good cocktails. And there’s something for everyone: fruity, bitter, floral, gourmet, tangy, smoky… As for the open kitchen, it’s a crime scene with its small plates of octopus, spinach ravioli, risotto and other absolutely irresistible Mediterranean dishes. The little extra: the large tables allow you to get to know your neighbors after having accidentally stolen their carafe of water. And to top it off, the team is really very nice. In short, it’s beautiful, it’s good, and it’s cool.
22, rue d’Enghien – 10th
Tel: 09 83 88 82 51
Original Article posted on lebonbon.fr Published on July 28, 2022