Experimental Cocktails for the Weekend

Le Ballroom du Beef Club, the latest venture from the guys arguably responsible for the revolution in the Paris cocktail scene, opened this week in the capital. Combining a street level restaurant and a basement cocktail bar and club, this is the fifth address in Paris for the trio who are behind Experimental Cocktail Club, Prescription and Curio Parlor, and who also have a cocktail bar in London and a new bar opening soon in New York. In the same vein as their other venues, the underground bar part of the Beef Club, called The Ballroom, has a speakeasy vibe – accessible currently only by an unmarked black door, the hidden away bar is dimly lit and decorated with dark colours, luxurious velvets and vintage-looking wallpaper.

The concise drinks menu offers eight cocktails (from €12-14), as well as champagne, soft drinks, virgin cocktails and beer from Paris-based brewers Demory. As you would expect from this team, cocktails are interesting – there’s not a Mojito or Cosmopolitan in sight – with options such as the delicious Salers Smash featuring long-forgotten old ladies’ tipple Gentiane mixed with Champagne, Absinthe, sugar, mint and lime. The refreshing yet spicy Cucumber Fumant is also a winner.

52 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001


2 Responses to “Experimental Cocktails for the Weekend”

  1. Comment by Sweet Freak | 03/23/12 at 11:41 pm

    I’m so excited to have drinks here (despite the very off-putting name). I’m equally excite to try Experimental now that it finally opened in NYC!

  2. Comment by SarahInParis | 03/27/12 at 3:15 am

    Can’t wait to check this out on my next trip to Paris in a few short weeks.

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