Gocce: A sexy bar hidden behind a trendy Italian trattoria

A few years ago, Julien Cohen added another fashionably trendy notch to his Italian belt with Il Professore & Gocce. But unlike his earlier bobo pizza joints, (Pizza Chic and Grazie) this venture seems bigger and more ambitious. The first “room” in this restaurant & lounge is Il Professore, a large, lively and sometimes loud […]

Meriggio: A new option for Italian “Aperitivo” in Paris

Regular readers already know I have a soft spot for both Italy and aperos (aperitivos). So if, like me, you have these inclinations, read on! Meriggio is a shop/food stop/bar that has recently opened with some serious Italians behind the scenes. And by that I mean that everyone doesn’t speak perfect English or French…but don’t […]

Les Bains Bar: A Third Act for a Legendary Paris Location

New York City had Studio 54, but Paris had its own era-defining and decadent club, Les Bains Douches. The location that served as Paris’ first spa in 1885, and counted Marcel Proust amongst its regulars, was converted into a nightclub in 1978. The pool remained from the former bathhouse and over the next two decades […]

Duke’s Bar at Westminster Hotel: A Better Bespoke Cocktail

In any busy city, the occasional escape from the noise of daily life isn’t just a luxury, but a necessity. One of the quickest ways to make that break in Paris is through the oasis of a high-end hotel bar. Around for nearly 200 years, the historical Hotel Westminster has welcomed a royal or two […]

Bar le Forvm: A Paris Cocktail Bar That Stands the Test of Time (reopening)

Having been on the scene since 1918 (under the Biolatto family since 1931), Bar le Forvm is a Paris institution. Sadly, last year, they lost their lease and were forced to close doors after nearly a century in the same location. But the big news for the legion of loyal fans of Bar le Forvm […]

Night Flight: A successful cross between a Paris Hotel Bar & Cocktail Lounge

The Experimental Cocktail Club group continues its expansion with one of their latest hotel bars showing up at an historic address. Located in the recently reopened 4 star Hotel Bachaumont, Night Flight is a small and welcome addition to the city’s roster of worthy hotel bars. The name pays homage to the novel Vol de […]

Le Medusa: Where to get a nicely priced pint + a decent martini in Paris

Raise your hand if you love Mondays! As I suspected: just a few hands up out there in the inter-web world. And, I think I recognize those of you who shot up your arms, fingers frantically wriggling in the air; you’re the bartenders who appreciate your much-deserved days off on this quiet weekday when many […]

Baranaan: Indian-Inspired Cocktails in Paris

On a nascent wave of gentrification, the multicultural, working class neighborhood of Saint Denis retains enough of its cred-establishing edge to pull in the cool new spots. One of the latest to turn up on this blue-collar-turning-bobo real estate is Baranaan. From the outside, Baranaan passes for a brightly lit café with an Indian bent […]

Gravity Bar: Paris’ Latest Cocktail Spot Proves Worth a Detour

September always brings something new to Paris. Everyone is back from their month long holidays and ready to launch into new projects for “le rentrée.” Among those new projects, there is always at least one anticipated bar opening. This year, that opening was Gravity Bar. The menu features a dozen cocktails priced at 11 and […]

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