Because sometimes you want to hear someone besides, me, me me! Occasionally on a Friday, 52martinis will start getting the scoop on the best cocktail stops from five in-the-know Parisians and cocktail aficionados.
Kim Laidlaw-Adrey, fab girl about town of both UnlockParis and Paris Localite for BBC Travel says: My favourite place for cocktails in Paris right now is the Prescription Cocktail Club on the left bank. There’s a chic yet laid-back vibe, it’s an in-the-know place without being pretentious and the cocktails are expertly made and absolutely delicious. Perfect.
Gentry de Paris, tenacious, tempting and all around tantalizing burlesque queen says: I like Fabrice at La Villa because he makes the best Manhattan in town with my favorite difficult-to-find Van Winkle Rye.
Xavier Padovani, global brand ambassador for Hendrick’s and simply one of the coolest cocktail guys I know : This up and coming winter when visiting Paris one will start the night at the George V with a Hot George Punch and may probably somehow end up seeking L’Experience at Montorgueil’s best kept secret Experimental Cocktail Club.
Joseph Biolatto one of the masterminds behind the Forvm as well as one of my fav bartenders in Paris says: Mon bar préféré à Paris est le bar du Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme pour la qualité des produits sélectionnés et pour le service impeccable de Yann Daniel et de son équipe.
Doni Belau of Girls’ Guide to Paris (keep an eye out for the new Girls’ Guide launching in a few days!) says: One of the Girls’ Guide’s favorite places for cocktails in Paris remains L’Alimentation General on rue Jean Pierre Timbaud in the 11th arr. The bar/café sports a fabulous French blue exterior and décor reminiscent of a General Store and the crowd is of course young and hip. This wine/beer and cocktail bar serves up spectacular drinks as well as an eclectic mix of music ranging from hip-hop to jazz. No matter how great the drinks are – the atmosphere is king here. This is an excellent place to start a pub crawl as there are several more trés kool places on the same street and of course you can sneak around the corner to Oberkampf if you are in for the long haul.
A special thanks to friends and fellow cocktail enthusiasts who agreed to do the first Friday Five….because sometimes first is scary!