5 palatial bars in Paris
1) Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme
In the late afternoon, the regulars enjoy the intimacy and comfort of this bar, perfectly suited for a business meeting. In the early evening, however, the atmosphere changes. The light is dimmed and the ballet of bar tenders starts. The prestigious menu will appeal to even the most discerning palate: cocktails, a selection of excellent wines and champagnes as well as exceptional spirits like the Louis XIII, an Armagnac from 1902 and rare liqueurs and other spirits, including a magnificent collection of Chartreuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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