Très Particulier Bar
23 Avenue Junot
Summer is around the corner, so it’s time to start talking terraces. And, one of the city’s most divine and discrete of garden terraces is at the Hotel Particulier. We’ve seen their bar the Tres Particulier on the blog before, but considering its recent revamping, it’s worth a revisit.
After opening, the Très Particulier underwent a few facelifts and hosted a few ephemeral bars (like the seductively marketed Cointreau Prive.) Most recently, interior designer Pierre Lacroix was pulled in to recreate the space with an eye to something sophisticated and special. The remodel brings a Lynchian tropical touch to the main bar space with jungle plant and parrot wallpaper. Clever little quirks like the masked owl lamp or the mirrored bar panels add a dreamlike element to the experience. Adjoining the bar area is the greenhouse terrace with large, lush plants that pop against the red velour armchairs and black and white tile floor. Beyond the bar is the outdoor terrace and garden where you can drink directly under the stars. The bar, like the hotel itself, with its whimsical qualities and rich textures and colors slides one into a surreal state of mind.
Francesco, the current barman, has some familiar cocktail spots on his C.V. including Gocce, le Demon, Andy Wahloo and Miss Ko. But, it’s the Gocce influence that is most evident in his current work that features bold flavor and fragrances. There are 10 cocktails ranging from 13 to 15 Euros (very reasonably priced given the impressive surroundings.) The names are inspired by film and books such as the “L’attrape-Coeurs” (translation: Catcher in the Rye – which features not rye, but cognac) or the Twin Peaks inspired “Laura Palmer.” In addition, a regularly changing punch of the day is available for 11 Euros per person or 41 Euros for four people.
I sampled the l’Egoiste (lemon & thyme infused gin, chamomile and grapefruit syrup made onsite), lemon bitters and smoky tea. It’s a multisensory experience with an intense herbal fragrance and the heavy mouth feel. It’s served on the rocks and, as such, it would be interesting to see the olfactory and textural evolution over time with dilution. But, I’d be even more curious to see this shaken and served up.
The menu doesn’t shy away from the bitter or savory, boasting such ingredients Campari, American cocchi, bouillon and anchovy vodka. Additionally, Francesco works at recipes that capitalize on the fresh herbs in the hotel’s garden as well as the honey made by the hotel’s director.
But they are bringing more than just drinks to the table. They serve tapas like beef gravlax, edamame, amd sardines at 6 – 18 Euros/plate. Friday and Saturday, DJ’s play. Thursdays are late nights with the bar staying up until 4pm. And from 14h – 18h, the space serves as a sweet little bar.
With all that going on the, le Très Particulier is going to be a sexy spot to kick off your spring and summer nights or simply take a bucolic break from the city.