What used to be a Corsican restaurant near République is now the hippest hangout in the Marais. Though the property has been in his family for decades, proprietor Jerome Susini has restyled the family place into Shake n’ Smash, a cocktail bar that’s not afraid of food, and a music venue that will let you relax. Cloaked in a Parisian idea of New York cool, Sn’S balances warm turquoise walls with delicate touches of leopard print in its comfy chairs and chaise longues. In fact, the whole place feels like the boudoir of someone’s eccentric, perennially single aunt, with lamps made out of lacy bustiers and chandeliers softened by white feathers. The atmosphere borders on gimmicky, but the vibe is so ultrahip and comfortable that you can’t help but lose yourself in the funky sensuality of the place.
With inventive cocktails and equally creative “mocktails,” the long, room-consuming bar aims to please and changes its drink menu with the seasons. I adore the Love Hina, a delicate, liquid flower-in-the-mouth consisting of sake, Saint-Germain, rose syrup and lime, or the Dernier Métro, a dangerously easy-to-drink mix of vodka, crushed ginger and raspberry purée. But this night I went with the Dandy, a winter dream come true, composed of whiskey, cherry liqueur, homemade vanilla syrup and spicy Jamaican bitters, all served in a chilled flask. Though it is a cold drink, the Dandy warms from within, which of course is the key to the perfect winter cocktail. The flask is fun, but I’d advise you to go for it only when accompanied by friends, lest you look like a loner at a bar drinking out of a flask (which takes the wacky aunt theme a little far).