5 palatial bars in Paris

1) Hôtel Plaza Athénée

The bar of this famous palace on Avenue Montaigne stands out because of its exceptional design, which is very different from the traditional bars in palaces. An elegant and surprising setting to sample exclusive champagnes, cocktails such as a black mojito with blackberry, and enjoy a croque­Plaza.

The bar at hôtel plaza athénée in Paris

2) Four Seasons Hôtel George V

With its wood panelling, its magnificent chandelier, its English Regency sofas and side tables and the fireplace in the corner the bar at the Four Seasons Hôtel George V is a welcoming albeit traditional setting. The perfect place for a discreet meeting or an intimate conversation. You can also have lunch here. Don’t forget to try their signature cocktail, called Blurred Lines.

Four Seasons Hotel George V

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3) Prince de Galles

If you are looking for a relaxing stopover in green surroundings then the patio of this palace is the perfect place for you. Winter and summer people come here to enjoy a good cigar and some amazing cocktails. The most requested drinks are the Mojito Thai, made with Thai basil leaves and ginger, and the Parisian Smash, a blend of whisky, liqueur and passion fruit, which is served in a pretty vial which you pour over a scoop of ice cream.

interior of bar at Prince de Galles

4) Le Royal Monceau

This luxurious new-style hotel, redesigned from top to bottom by Philippe Starck, is all about art and creation. The bar includes ‘the barman’s cocktail’ on its menu. Tell the barman your preferences in terms of fruit or flavours and he will custom mix a cocktail for you, which you can enjoy at the bar or on the terrace.

Bar at Le Royal Monceau

5) Le Meurice

Bar 228 at the hôtel Le Meurice is an institution. The plush setting is the home of the head barman, William Oliveri. We recommend following his excellent advice. Among the 300 options on the menu, the ‘Bellini’ – a famous Venetian cocktail made with champagne and peach purée – is probably one of the best in Paris.

interior of restaurant and bar at Le Meurice

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