With their stylish decor, quality service and upscale drinks menus, bars at top hotels are choice spots for a drink and a cocktail. In these establishments, the bar has become ‘the place to be’, attracting a young crowd who like to party. Here are some great bars to experience!
Vintage decoration and famous cocktails
The top hotels offer a wide choice of bars and lounges with vintage interiors, cosy and welcoming furnishings, glamorous settings, an English club atmosphere … They are perfect places to relax, discover the art of mixology, and sample the head bartender’s signature cocktails.
After a 4-year complete makeover, the Ritz has reopened and offers customers two bars: the Ritz Bar Paris with a roaring twenties atmosphere and young mixologist Aurélie Pezet, and the legendary Hemingway Bar that takes its name from one of its most loyal customers. This has always been the haunt of famous international writers. At the helm is the exceptional Colin Peter Field, who has been voted the world’s best barman.
At the Bar Kleber at the Peninsula Paris, wood panelling, ornate decor, huge mirrors and high ceilings set the tone. This classy hotel with a historic past - the Paris Peace Accords were signed here in 1973 putting an end to the war in Vietnam - offers a majestic setting to enjoy cocktails and champagne ... not to mention a selection of Vietnamese wine.
Philippe Starck has put a 1930s stamp on the interiors at the Bar Long at the Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, which features a central bar for close proximity between bartenders and customers. Gold and purple colours and chandeliers are the hallmarks of the Purple Bar at the Hôtel du Collectionneur creating a captivating art deco effect signed Jacques Garcia.
The Petit Bar Hilton Paris Opera transforms into an ephemeral speakeasy until April 2017 and takes customers back to the prohibition years of the 1920s: barmen in costume, soft lighting, black and white photos and a jazzy orchestra … you would really think that you were back there!
With its large fireplace and green club armchairs, the Duke's Bar at the Hôtel Westminster has a cosy English club atmosphere. The Library-Bar at the Saint-James Paris (a former place of study for the Thiers Foundation) welcomes customers in an exceptional setting: a library of 12,000 books! The Head bartender Judicaël Noël’s cocktail menu is full of surprises and you can also enjoy the house lemonade.
The Bar Botaniste at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris boasts sophisticated Empire interiors. One of the cocktail drinks, ‘The Pink Lady’, was created by Lady Mendl, a former resident of the Roland Bonaparte private mansion that the hotel occupies today.
The neo-Baroque setting of the Bar at the Hôtel Costes attracts a hip and cosmopolitan crowd who like to relax in the small Napoleon III-style lounges, decorated by Jacques Garcia.
Cool clientele and elegant atmospheres
Paris’s top hotels have made their bar their star attraction. The atmosphere is classy and distinguished at the bar at the Park Hyatt Place Vendôme, artistic and cosmopolitan at Mama Shelter and intimate with a literary edge at Jules et Jim, where you can curl up and read magazines, comics and books.
With mahogany wood panelling and classic decor, the Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel George V has a chic and relaxed vibe. In the warm red and black interiors of the Bar Tuileries at The Westin Paris Vendôme, head barman Phillippe Guidi concocts unusual cocktails. A confidential address.
The Bar 228 at Le Meurice proposes 300 types of drinks for all possible combinations of cocktails. Every evening, the Philippe Starck styled interiors play host to two jazz musicians. Settle in for a cosy session.
The Bar at the Plaza Athénée revamped by Patrick Jouin has unusual interiors: brown wood panelling is set off by the deep blue mass of fabric below the ceiling space – a contemporary decorative feature. And a huge counter in clear resin is a dominant feature! On the menu, classic cocktails as well as the bartender’s signature cocktails such as the ‘Suntory cocktails’ that celebrate the ‘Shiki’, the 4 seasons in Japanese.
For tea drinkers, the Bar at the Bristol serves English-style tea, as well as cocktails, every afternoon.
The Bar 8 at the Mandarin Oriental dazzles the eye with its sparkling interiors inlaid with crystal and a dramatic central bar of Spanish marble. The outdoor terrace opens for drinks on summer evenings.
At the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, Le Très Particulier is a discrete and intimate cocktail. The art deco style glass roof with lush tropical plants and a shady terrace make it a true haven of peace on the Butte Montmartre.
The lively and colourfulLounge bar at Pershing Hall attracts a well-heeled clientele. You can sip a cocktail or a glass of champagne whilst admiring the huge plant wall.
The 7th-floor Terrass’ Hotel Bar has loft style interiors with an industrial feel and large glass windows. The view over the roofs and monuments of Paris is simply magical! On sunny days a drink on the rooftop terrace is a must.
Unusual bars and exotic touches
Some hotels in Paris offer their clientele a complete change of scene with exotic flavoursor something completely different for a memorable moment for two or to share with friends.
With intimate dark moody interiors, a play of light, and a fireplace that adds warmth to the atmosphere ... the bLind Bar at the Maison des Champs-Elysées has a mysterious character. Customers have fun identifying the correct bottle for their favourite drink behind the bar, or guessing the ingredients of surprise cocktails.
Situated in the impressive glass-roofed lobby of the Hôtel Banke - a former bank -, the Lolabar cocktail bar serves a large variety of international beverages and Spanish tapas. The decor has a touch of ‘bling bling’ about it: Gold is omnipresent on the sofas, seating, counter, and bulls’ heads hanging on the wall.
An arctic climate is all part of the fun at the Kube HotelIce Kube Bar! 20 tons of ice was needed to create an icy environment and a huge bar carved out of ice. The decoration changes every year. In temperatures of around -10°, guests are warmly dressed in jackets and polar gloves to sip a cocktail in a frosty glass.
A change of scenery is guaranteed at the Pisco Bar and at the Mezcaleria at the 1 K Paris! These two bars with a South American vibe offer customers a trip to the land of the Incas. Pisco, the ancient Peruvian drink is the speciality here.