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Another World in Pigalle

Maison Souquet‘s entrance is flanked by red lights, recalling the days when this building was a house of pleasure rather than a luxury hotel. Just through the discrete door is a world of 1001 Arabian nights decor in the with the lobby lounge. Next you pass into the actual bar, which is designed to feel […]

Bastille Day in Paris

There’s much to see and do on and around La Fête Nationale, aka Bastille Day, July 14th. This is a rundown of just some of the best options, including the dance parties, parade, and fireworks show, as well as some logistical tips on using public transportation, when you can legally drink alcohol on the Champ […]

Post-Work Partying

Living for the weekend? Not so for Paris professionals, when from Monday to Thursday the most popular establishments host miniature clubnights which have taken the city by storm! The “Afterworks” concept is simple: leave the office (with fun colleagues in tow) and head straight over to the club. No need to stop for dinner because […]

Loco for Loca!

Maria Loca has been open for a few years and is located close enough to Bastille to be convenient, but far enough to take it out of the regular tourist fray. It’s small, quirky and casual with a laid-back vibe and friendly staff. The first time I stopped in just after opening, the place was […]

Mixology 101

Last weekend I stopped into Bar le Coq to give their Saturday afternoon cocktail class a test run. The team behind le Coq – Thierry Daniel and Eric Frossard – also run the Cocktail Spirits salon and pulled off the first annual Paris Cocktail Week this year.   So, clearly, there is some cocktail expertise at play here. […]

Thrill on the Hill

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 Montmartre’s Hotel Particulier. Their bar the Tres Particulier has had a recent revamping. After opening, the Très Particulier underwent a few facelifts and hosted a few ephemeral bars. Most […]

Southern Comfort in the North of Paris

  Pigalle continues its play for one of Paris’ best bar destinations with its latest addition, Baton Rouge. This opening brings some fresh Creole flavor to the neighborhood with a voodoo bar and Louisiana-inspired menu. The team behind Baton Rouge includes a couple of topnotch industry personalities with Julien Escot (Papa Doble, Montpellier) and Joseph […]

Your Own Parisian Dinner Party

If you’d like to really “eat like a local,” nothing beats dining in a Parisian home. And if you don’t have any Parisian friends, you can simply sign up to join a dinner through meal-sharing websites. Vizeat has hosts in 18 cities, including Paris, Nice, Marseille and Lyon, where each meal (regularly scheduled or on request) is […]

Where’s the Burrito?

One of the things we’ve seen a bit of in Paris – which I think will become more prevalent – is bars focusing on a single spirit. A few years back Sherry Butt opened with a leaning towards whisky. And more recently there’s Mabel, the self proclaimed Cocktail Den and Rum Empire, as well as […]

7-Day Slosh

Paris Cocktail Week has just kicked off so I went out and got it all warmed up for you. In addition to specials in 35 bars across the city, PCW’s programme includes other goodies like special tastings, master classes, food fun and even a couple of PopUps in The Chamber. I started Saturday at the […]

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