Voodoo Paris Cocktail Adventures: Baton Rouge

baton rouge cocktail bar parisBaton Rouge
62 rue Notre Dame de Lorette
75009 Paris

IMG_7162Pigalle continues its play for one of Paris’ best bar destinations with its latest addition, Baton Rouge. This opening brings some fresh creole flavor to the neighborhood with a voodoo bar and Louisiana-inspired menu.

The team behind Baton Rouge includes a couple of topnotch industry personalities with Julien Escot (Papa Doble, Montpellier) and Joseph Biolatto (Bols Ambassador & previously of Bar le Forvm). Inspired in part by the Stanley Clisby Arthur’s 1937 book Famous New Orleans Drinks and how to Mix’em, the boys have created a cocktail menu of New Orleans classics that includes Famous NOLA drinks, Highballs from the Bayou, Egg & Milk Punches, Bottled Aged cocktails and a few other NOLA-inspired surprises at 13 Euros.

IMG_7165I stopped in for a pre-opening apero featuring their namesake cocktail and taste-tested some muffaletta and garlicky cilantro dip. The dip/Baton Rouge cocktail is a great combo with the heavy garlic bit working it nicely against the sweet & sour cherry of the guignolet in the drink. A few nights later I caught up with some of my favorite drinking partners to taste through more of the menu. After a sazarac, manhatten and a special creation by Joseph, I am convinced that the boys have created a most excellent selection – although I would expect nothing less from this duo.

baton rouge cocktail bar paris interiorA bonus is that beyond the drinks menu there’s a more substantial food offering than you’ll find in most of the popular Pigalle bars. In addition to the muffaletta and dips, you’ll find Po’Boys, ribs and sweet, saucy sundaes.

For the finishing touches, the boys called on interior designer Sébastien Flamant to kit out this mini Bayou hideout with skulls on sticks, chairs worthy of a southern porch and other assorted juju curios.

Based on my own experience, general feedback and the current activity on the Parisian blogosphere, Baton Rouge is clearly working their voodoo magic to bewitch and charm the city’s cocktail crowd. Go!

Nautical Cocktail Adventures: Copper Bay

copper bay cocktail bar parisCopper Bay
5 Rue Bouchardon
75010 Paris

copper bay cocktail bar parisI asked someone recently at a spirits event about their favorite cocktails. They told me they liked the ‘classics’, like ‘Long Island Iced-Teas.’ Say something like this to the wrong bartender and it will incite at the very least a snigger or quite possibly stern lecture. But, for me, it just gave me pause to think.

The current climate of craft cocktails and mixology is a hot trend. I spend a lot of time in this world, which is interesting, engaging and fun. At times, it’s also a world in which bartenders steer clients to new more sophisticated drinks, mixologists flat out refuse to make mojitos and cocktails like the Long Island are “laid to rest.” There can be some strong opinions on how the thirsty masses should consume their booze (and I’m not completely innocent in this regard.) Considering all of this enthusiasm for the craft cocktail movement, it’s often easy to forget that it’s still somewhat of a niche. The majority of the drinking public will not roll up to your bar and order a Corpse Reviver 2 or debate the merits of rye versus cognac in their Sazerac. And it’s for that reason that some of the latest bars are offering something a little easier to swallow alongside their more advanced options. The most current example: Copper Bay.

copper bay cocktails parisCopper Bay first hit the scene last September with a soft opening. Given the reputations of the trio involved (Elfi, Aurélie and Julien), a fair number of people slipped in to check things out. Everyone appreciated the fresh take on décor with its nautical theme and bright brass touches. After a short closure they opened back up in December with their full menu of drinks and food.

So, I stopped back in during Paris Cocktails Week to see how things were shaking out and chatted with them about their cocktail approach. Their menu of 12 cocktails at 10 Euros each is designed to be approachable with 3 sours, 3 collins and some custom cocktails that lean a little more to the sweet side than many of my cocktail contemporaries or I would normally go for. Sweet, but very well made. This makes the drinks not only more accessible to cocktail newbies but I believe it will be a mini-trend: less eschewing of the sugar in a search of even better balance. And they do find balance. In fact, they seem to really shine when it comes to sours, achieving the right equilibrium between tart and sweet. Case in point: their Lizzy Sour created for PCW.

IMG_6748However, don’t think the team just turns out a selection of sips designed for the un-initiated cocktail drinker. They are also doing interesting things on the more savory side with one of the better bloody’s I’ve had in awhile (tequila based) as well as The Beast (a drink made with bourbon that’s been fat-washed with bacon grease from the nearby smokehouse of the same name.) On my last visit I was particularly interested in the rye based De La Bretagne, which is made to be served at room temperature. While that goes counter to most cocktail thinking, it’s a possibility worth exploring, and they are starting those explorations of nicely.

And finally, I feel comfortable putting myself in their hands when it comes to classics. Not of the Long Island variety, but of the Dry Martini variety which they most certainly know how to handle.

copper bay cocktail barFor the food menu, they’re focusing on local vendors and turning out a menu of munchies comprising rustic breads, cheeses, meats or My Crazy Pop popcorn with flavors like Roquefort & nuts or wasabi & sesame.

Overall, their cocktail philosophy allows cocktail newbies to easily make their way into the mixed drink world as well as affords opportunities for those with a more experienced palette to play. Maybe they’ll even introduce some of the latest generation of cocktail curious to a new idea of ‘classic.’ So, regardless of your cocktail style, stop in to visit this friendly bunch.

More Taco & Cocktail Adventures in Paris: Death by Burrito

Death by Burrito Cocktail Bar Paris

Death by Burrito
4 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi
75011 Paris

IMG_6634Last month brought out the lists of cocktail trends for 2014 and predictions for 2015. One of the things we’ve seen a bit of in Paris – which I think will become more prevalent – is bars focusing on a single spirit. A few years back Sherry Butt opened with a leaning towards whisky. And more recently there’s Mabel, the self proclaimed Cocktail Den and Rum Empire, as well as Lulu White with a list of cocktails, each with a touch of Absinthe. And we also have the subject of today’s post: Death by Burrito

After a string of successful London PopUps and residencies, chef Shay Ola brought his popular Death by Burrito concept to Paris late last year to set up a more permanent space in the 11eme arrondissement (also known as “DBB Paris”). DBB Paris is the city’s latest taqueria/cocktail combo and is getting plenty of press for both its food and drinks. I like tacos. I like cocktails. I like London. So it seemed like a no-brainer choice when I was looking for a spot to take a group of 5 or so for some fun and food last month.

DBB Paris tacosNow, with a name like Death by Burrito, you might think you’ll be getting burritos that are so effin’ big that you’ll choke under their weight. But what you’ll actually find on the menu are 5 pairs of small tacos and 5 small sharing plates like guacamole or trout gravlax with mezcal. Although I do have to admire the server’s attempt to explain the concept as “small, open face burritos” Uh…in other words…tacos? You know what else makes me think they are tacos? They’re called “tacos” on the menu. Contrary to how it might sound, I’m not here to talk smack about the food. Whatever they’re calling it, it’s good. They go beyond the basics without going bonkers and offer up solid fusions like braised pork and kimchi or beef tartare tacos. Ingredients are fresh, tortillas are made onsite, and they don’t shy away from putting a little spice into the mix. [Update: since posting this DBB Paris assures us that burritos are coming soon, so we’ll be back for those.] Now that we have that out of the way, lets dish on the drinks…

IMG_6635DBB Paris made a smart move heading up their bar team with Candelaria veteran, Candice Knyf. Given her prior experience, she’s got a grip on both tequila and mezcal and oversees a menu of 9 cocktails at around 12 Euros, each of which incorporate one of these two spirits. The Slushed and Rosie (mezcal, dolin dry, dolin rouge, aperol & st germain) is refreshing and light, but I’m not sure I could see all of the ingredients at play here. The spicy bitters floating on top of the Mister Maestro (tequila, yellow chartreuse & grapefruit compote) take it from standard to something interesting. And, while I like something that packs more of a punch than the Yo Da Horatcha (tequila, horatcha, agave syrup and Angostura bitters) I think it’s a great addition to the menu.

Death by Burrito cocktail parisAnd, this brings me to a subject I’ve been meaning to touch on. Just because something is not to my particular taste, doesn’t mean it isn’t well done. And, this isn’t some namby-pamby way on my part to get out of calling out the crap and just being too nice. It’s recognition of the general improvement in drink making in Paris. As good practices in making mixed drinks (i.e. fresh ingredients, proper ice, considered choices, striving for balance, etc.) become more widespread, they’ll be applied to a wider range in styles of cocktails. No longer are the conscientious bar staff confined only to speakeasies and cranking out historical classics. That means I may not always rave over a drink or employ the hyperbole that’s I think creeps much too often in the food/drink world – especially in blogs.

Now, let me get back to the topic. If you’d rather sip something straight, you’ll find a good selection of tequilas and mezcals or beer by the bottle. You won’t find wine, other spirits or frozen margaritas. Although a few at our table really wanted margaritas and the staff were very accommodating and made some good ones on the rocks.

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Sigh… I feel like both covering a lot of ground and no ground with this post. What I’m trying to say is that DBB Paris isn’t a hole in the wall taco joint cranking out street food with cheap beers and margaritas on tap – and sometimes that’s all I really want. Instead, it’s a noisy, busy, lively new spot that’s serves a more refined and trendy version of tacos and tequila in atmosphere that reflects its “Eat. Drink. Dance” philosophy. And that’s not good or bad. Just different. And it’s fun. And sometimes that’s all I really want as well.

 

 

 

 

Paris Cocktail Week Adventures

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Hey people! It’s Paris Cocktail Week. It kicked off yesterday so I went out and got it all warmed up for you.

In addition to specials in 35 bars across the city, PCW’s programme includes other goodies like special tastings, master classes, food fun and even a couple of PopUps in The Chamber.

IMG_8976I started Saturday at the swanky Bristol for an inspired martini and Boutary Caviar presentation and pairing. Maxime and Charles guided us through history with a tasting that took us from modern day martinis and caviar to the 19th century. We learned about the parallels between the two including ebbs and flows in popularity, murky origins of their names, flavor profiles and rituals. While this was a one-day only event, you can still stop into the Bristol bar for their PCW special, the X-mas Carol.

IMG_8978Next stop: Copper Bay to test out their PCW special, the Lizzy Sour and catch up with the trio behind the bar (Elfi, Aurélie and Julien). I’ll be blogging up a proper post on this place shortly, so watch this space for more detail. Incidentally, Copper Bay’s menu includes The Beast, which is a fat-washed Bourbon made with grease from the newly opened BBQ joint of the same name. And it also my next stop…

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I popped in to chat with the always-adorable owner, Thomas, taste test some George T. Stagg bourbon and fill my belly with a bit of beef. The Beast’s PCW special is running on Wednesday only when Julien of Copper Bay will be onsite making The Beast cocktail. My guess is this one will draw some crowds so get there early!

A short metro ride and I was at another new spot on the scene, A la Francaise, where I tested out their PCW special Eau Fraiche at the small, busy upstairs restaurant bar and then headed below to catch up with Stephan, the man behind this concept bar that focuses on French cocktails.

IMG_6784And this is about the time I caught up with Mr Boley, the man behind the Red House, and managed to stay out just a bit longer for some late night fun. We made a stop into the packed Lone Palm and then finished the night with a visit to Café Moderne for a chat with Mido. I’d say any of these places are a good stop to celebrate PCW.

 

And with that PCW is off to a good IMG_8990start! It’s free to sign up for it – so check out their programme and have some fun. Or come see us over in The Chamber where we are running to special PopUps in a posh private residence as part of PCW. Monday we’ll host a modern day Absinthe Den with Pernod and Tuesday we are terribly excited to have Joseph of Mabel in the house making us some Zacapa cocktails for our rum PopUp.

So, what are you going to do with your Paris Cocktail Week?

Lulu White: Big Easy Cocktail Adventures in Paris

Lulu White Cocktail Bar Paris
Lulu White
12 rue Frochot
75009 Paris

So, remember back in 2012 when I was writing about Pigalle’s increasing cool factor and its proliferation of better bars? Back then, I was living in the area, watching the progress and reporting as it went from cocktail dead zone to cocktail destination. Well, now it’s pretty much gone full-blown and mainstream with an impressive selection of serious cocktail stops.  And, the newest addition to the area is no exception. 

lulu white cocktail barWith a Parisian Belle Époque meets New Orleans’ Storyville vibe and named for one of NOLA’s notorious madams, Lulu White couldn’t have picked a better location than this neighborhood full of working girl bars and girlie-cum-cocktail bars.  Pass through the discrete entrance located just next door to Dirty Dick and escape into an elegant, art nouveaux world with a carrousel style bar reminiscent of New Orleans’ Hotel Montleone (a place near and dear to the cocktail lover’s heart).  Considering that the duo behind this drinking spot, Dotan Shalev et Timothée Prangé, made a name for themselves with the nicely designed Little Red Door, it’s no surprise that we like what we see here.

Le Carmen Miranda Cocktail Lulu White ParisBut, let’s move past her pretty face and check out the personality. In a nod to the Bohemian culture of Paris in the 20’s, the menu includes an absinthe flight, 7 absinthe-infused drinks at 11-12 Euros, one cocktail priced at 15 Euros, bottled beers, wine and Champagne.  Putting absinthe in every mixed drink on the menu is a ballsy move.  And one I raise my glass to.  The menu has been crafted so that the absinthe improves each cocktail without taking over. Even if you think you won’t get along with the Green Fairy, I encourage you to work through a few of their choices, which will at least challenge if not change that notion. And I hear that head barman, Matthew, is becoming a bit of an absinthe expert…

Frozen cocktail lulu white ParisOn my visit, the lovely Kelly started me off with Le Carmen Miranda: Four Roses Bourbon, Strawberry Cordial, and Pernod Absinthe, served slushy style in a coupe.  What?! Cordial + bourbon – that can be kind of too sweet, non? That’s what I thought and under other circumstances I may have shied away from it, but thankfully I let myself be led in this direction. Le Carmen Miranda is refreshing and well balanced. The Bourbon brings strength, and the cordial made with dried strawberries and tartaric acid (among other things) adds just the right one-two punch of sweet and sour to balance it out and leave you smacking your lips and salivating for the next sip.  Finally, a touch of absinthe adds some depth. (And for those of you who keep asking why it takes so long to make a cocktail…this is the one for you…no wait time!)  While not my usual go-to style, I really enjoyed starting the evening with one.  I moved onto something more in line with my personal tastes with the Beefeater based Lea d’Asco, which was equally good (but less surprising given my imbibing inclinations) So, there’s something to be said for stepping out of your comfort zone.

lulu white cocktail bar parisIt’s not just the interesting drinks, excellent service and appropriate place, that make Lulu White a worthwhile stop.  It’s surrounded by plenty of great cocktail choices.  And, word on the street is that soon we’ll also be seeing more cool new neighbors like the latest from the L’Entrée des Artistes team and the new hotel from the ECC boys.

So, although I no longer live in Pigalle, I still make regular visits to keep up with all the fun.  And, I’ll confess, I’m secretly hoping that now that I’ve moved to the 15th, I will be the catalyst for a new cocktail explosion to happen there.  Don’t laugh.  It could happen…

Mabel: Rum Cocktail Adventures in Paris

IMG_5508Mabel
58 Rue d’Aboukir
75002 Paris

In a country with historical ties to isles that have long distilled rhum agricole and a population of partygoers whose weekends are fueled by mojitos, Paris has still never managed to offer up much of interest for rum fanatics. Until recently, those looking for a more serious side of the spirit might stumble into La Rhumerie for some so-so cocktails or – more fortunately – find Dirty Dick and its healthy selection of stock. But with the newly opened Mabel, things are about to change.

IMG_5507Created by industry notable with a rum obsession, Joseph Akhavan, Mabel combines his talent with 106 (and counting….) rum references to create a menu of 15 cocktails (around 13 Euros) plus opportunities to taste some serious stuff straight. Previously of Mama Shelter (back when the cocktails were a bit more crankin’) and then of la Conserverie, Joseph has not only vitalized some cocktail programs but made impressive showings at contests, including taking the winning title at Nikka Perfect Serve.

IMG_5523Joseph’s style is polished and professional but it’s more than just his credible cocktail CV that makes him a favorite fixture on the local scene. He has a quiet, unassuming talent for creating exceptional cocktails with an appreciable subtlety. Case in point: the Sombre Detune that has a lot of things going on with Rhum Santa Teresa 1796, Compass Bay Flaming Heart, Yellow Chartreuse, Carpano Antica Formula and Dandelion & Burdock Bitters. Yet amongst all those competing personalities, there is a common thread that pulls everything together (richness, complexity, vanilla, orange notes, a spiciness) and provides a coherent background for few key characteristics to shine against – like a touch IMG_5525of smoke from the whisky or dryness from the Carpano that balances out the sweet side of the rum and chartreuse.

Nothing at Mabel is in-your-face or showy, including the décor which is simple, distressed, comfortable. Perhaps it’s this quiet concentration on quality without flashy distraction that makes this not just a good bar, but also a bartenders’ bar. On my recent visit, it was relatively quiet but taking up stool space was Tim from Monkey Shoulder (always a pleasure) and a couple of the lovely bartenders from Glass. On the menu, you’ll also find a little something from another well-known and world-travelling barman, Nicolas de Soto, who came up with the “Trader Who?” just for Mabel. On the last page of their cocktail menu, is a useful list of suggestions on other cocktail bars to visit. And just FYI, it’s named after Mabel Walker Willebrandt, named assistant attorney general of the US in ’21 and thus one of the political figures meant to uphold prohibition at the time.

IMG_5526While Mabel deserves plenty of patrons, it will never be uncomfortably overrun with them. There will be no overcrowding or drink jostling as they’ve instituting a sitting only policy and allowing for reservations. Hallelujah!

My hunch is that we’re going to hear a lot more about this spot in the New Year. Not just as the city’s drinkers discover its understated cool and develop a deeper respect for rum – but because in January they’ll be opening its adjoining Grilled Cheese shop. With Paris’ current love of all food fun, somewhat foreign and sufficiently comforting (meatballs, burgers, Mexican, etc.), I predict these little cheese sammies will not just be good, but go down a treat with the trendy crowd.

In short: This isn’t just the best rum bar in town with few rum choices. This is a great bar, full stop.

Le Syndicat: Frenchy Cocktail Adventures in Paris

IMG_5385 Le Syndicat
51 rue Faubourg Saint Denis
75010 Paris

IMG_5372French ingredients have always been a cornerstone of cocktail culture, lately, la belle France has really been looking inward for inspiration. Case in point: the newly opened le Syndicat.

Le Syndicat is the self-proclaimed “Organization in Defense of French Spirits” and, as such, focuses strictly on French ingredients.  The concept of its creators, Sullivan Doh and Romain Le Mouellic, is to stock the bar with bottles of gentian based beverages, French Gins, Cognacs, Armagnac, and other ingredients hailing from l’Hexagone.

This “Made in France” attitude carries through to the menu as well where you’ll find three distinct sections that give guests a better glimpse into the local liquids.

IMG_5387Tasting flights: For 15 to 20 Euros, clients can choose from a selection of tasting flights like the Armagnac Signature (3 Bas-Armagnac from different decades dating back as far as 1970). These trios of drinks are designed to help customers discover new tastes and better appreciate French spirits and ingredients.

Syndicat Classiques: Here, you’ll find a selection of five classic cocktails from 8 to 13 Euros that have been recreated Syndicat-style. For example, the Nevez Oldfashion incorporates whisky from Brittany, Chouchen syrup made onsite and Maquis bitters.

IMG_5379Insane St Denis Style: With talent behind the bar like Sullivan (previously of ECC and Sherry Butt) it’s no surprise that there is also a section dedicated to house creations, ranging from 9 to 13 Euros, and showcasing Corsican eau de vie, Byrrh, Calvados and the like.

The playlist centers on hip-hop in a very intentional nod towards the artists who helped create a resurgence of interest in a very national product: Cognac. And they’re located in an area that the Guardian has aptly called “Paris’s hottest new micro-quartier near Gare du Nord” so expect a mix of customers from curious residents of the corner to in-the-know cocktail hounds coming from across town.

Paris Cocktails & Food Pairings: Pasdeloup

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Pasdeloup
108, rue Amelot
75011 Paris

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All summer we were hearing about a handful of very promising openings to come. And, while we’re still waiting for most of them, Pasdeloup led the pack by opening doors a couple of months ago.

This casually chic spot boasts some of the city’s best bar talent thanks to Amanda Boucher, previously of Candelaria (which just took a spot on the worlds 50 top bars list – again). Amanda has displayed an enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and study over the past several years allowing her to hone her skills to impressive levels.

IMG_4911At Pasdeloup, she has created a menu of around 10 cocktails at 12 Euros each. There is no pandering to the masses with a simple fruit+vodka choice. Their vodka cocktail includes vinegar, as well as cocchi Americano and pisco which results in something refreshing, bracing and a little bit unexpected for the general drinking public. A look at the rest of the menu shows a competent and calculated sense of balance within individual cocktails as well as throughout the menu. Many of the cocktails are pre-batched, making for more consistency. Those looking for the classics will have no problem here, as confirmed with my usual martini order.

IMG_4908Additionally, they created a small selection of four cocktail and food pairings like a Spritz du moment paired with Shitake for 14 Euros. Of special note is the Chevreau complet (22 Euros), which comes with the “A” cocktail (otherwise, unavailable outside of the pairing). This dry, sparkling drink is not intended to be served alone, but only alongside the chevreau sandwich to offset its meaty richness. The results are rather lipsmackingly good.

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Bottled Paris Cocktail Adventures: La Cave a Cocktail

boutique_LCAC_2La Cave a Cocktail
62 rue Greneta
75002 Paris

Last night the girls and I popped into Club RaYe to visit with the owner and meet up with Tim from Monkey Shoulder.  We did some recon on the location for a future meetup and some taste testing of a cocktail kindly created by Tim a named after me.  Does this have anything to do with the subject of the post? Nope.  But I mention it because we had a great time exploring and testing and both private Kafka bar of Club RaYe and Monkey Shoulder will feature at our Autumn meetup this month & it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.  So be there, or stay home and cry because all activities that you could be doing instead will be heart-breakingly boring.  Anyway, after we finished planning the meetup, we went off to dinner, but not without a quick visit for some more taste testing at La Cave a Cocktail.

boutique_LCAC_1La Cave a Cocktail is a new breed of bottle shop that just opened doors and sells a variety of bottled cocktails.  The basic range includes standards like a Cosmo, familiars like the Pornstar martini and unusuals like Duc o’Lada (Cachaca based if you’re curious).  Want a step up from the standard? They also offer a Prestige selection of barrel aged cocktails.  And, for those who want something soft, they also offer a couple of non-alcoholic options by the bottle as well.

boutique_LCAC_4Between the three of us, we sampled a few and my favorite by far was the Martinez N. 3 which is livened up with the addition of some Scrappy’s Lavender bitters. We also took a peek at the cave where they are barrel aging this and others in the Prestige range.This is strictly a shop, not a bar.  So while you may be able to sample, you’ll have to take your bottle elsewhere to enjoy your cocktails. You may be finding them soon in bars or restaurants and you can also talk to these boys about delivering.

Bottles are good for about six cocktails and cost 30 Euros for the regular range and 48 for the Prestige.  And it’s just down the street from where we are holding the meetup this month, so a perfect occasion to pop in and see what they’re up to.

Aviation inspired Paris Cocktail Adventures: L’oiseau Blanc at the Peninsula Hotel

Paris viewsL’oiseau Blanc bar of the Peninsula Hotel
19 Avenue Kléber
Paris 75116

Let’s try something a little different around here. As most of you know, I’ve been busy with The Chamber activities, various freelance writing gigs, the usual fun with friends and a few other 52-related projects that I really need to finish up. Also, it seems like people are spending less time reading long posts and more time looking at quick pictures and summaries. So, I’m moving to a shorter and more factual format on a trial basis. This means I’ll be getting back to more regular posts. Like this one for the L’oiseau Blanc…

martini and fruit cocktailsThe luxury hotel Peninsula has made Paris its European point of entry, introducing a few new drinking and dining options to the city. The rooftop restaurant and bar, L’oiseau Blanc, was named after the French plane that attempted to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York in 1927 but mysteriously disappeared. Fittingly, the bar is kitted out with aviation themed decor and old pictures of the airplane. It offers up a 360 degree few of Paris in a sophisticated and staid space. The drinks menu features around a dozen drinks ranging from appropriate classics (Aviation, anyone?) to twists on classics like their Take Off (gin, sweet vermouth and bitters). Here you’ll find the excellent service and hush hush feel that high-end hotels are known for. But the big draw? The spectacular terrace with to-die-for views. But go early as I have a feeling they keep a lot of those seats reserved for hotel guests.

Cocktails: B
Service: A
Ambience: B-
Cocktail Prices: 22 – 25 Euros

Now that you’ve had a little taste of the possible direction I’ll be taking the posts, do weigh in and let me know what you think of this approach.