Where to Go in Paris
The Be Spirits fun continues into the evening at a string of partner bars
Paris boasts some of Europe’s best cocktail bars, so Vinexpo attendees can continue the Be Spirits vibe after the sun goes down.
Le 1905 is a first-floor bar with an English apartment-like feel that allows customers to soak up the venue’s Belle Epoque atmosphere. A visit to the bar has been compared to a journey back in time, sometimes helped by musical accompaniment such as old-style jazz performances. There is an “elaborate” menu that changes with the seasons at the bar, which is on Rue Beautreillis at the same address as Aux Vins de Pyrenees, a Paris institution since 1905. It was founded by a wine importer and the same family lived at the address from 1905 to 1997. Customers have hailed the bar’s excellent service, beautiful ambiance and great cocktails.
• 25 rue Beautreillis, 75004 Paris
Le 1802 Monte Cristo
Praised by customers for its friendly bartenders and creative cocktails, Le 1802 Monte Cristo offers what has been described as “a lush and exotic setting” for the wide range of rums that it serves. The ambiance of the bar, which is within the Monte Cristo Hotel, is renowned for changing throughout the day, creating different atmospheres as time goes on. Located on Rue Pascal in the heart of Paris, Le 1802 Monte Cristo holds special events such as a recent DJ night with a Central American theme. The venue gets plenty of positive reviews from customers, who have highlighted the warm welcome they have received, the bar’s excellent location and what one patron called its excellent rums.
• 22 rue Pascal, 75005 Paris
Castor Club is one of the few Paris cocktail bars on the left bank. Known for its cosy and relaxed atmosphere and a playlist that leans heavily on the 1950s and 1960s, it offers a dozen cocktails, although these are liable to change often. Patrons have praised the cocktails for being the “best tasting and most balanced” and for their “inventive yet subtle” character. The bar is described as small and intimate and there is plenty of tasteful green velvet and wood for customers to enjoy as they sip their cocktails. Those who decide to visit should keep a careful look out when they are trying to find the bar, as it is behind an unmarked door, near the Odeon.
• 14 rue Hautefeuille, 75006 Paris
Les Ambassadeurs has 18th-century decor and what has been described as “a hint of impertinence and an energetic, sensual atmosphere”. Based at the Hotel de Crillon on the iconic Place de la Concorde, Les Ambassadeurs, as its name suggests, is one of the go-to places for high-fliers from the world of diplomacy, as well as business, the arts and fashion. Guests can expect a vibrant atmosphere as they explore a menu described as “cosmopolitan and stylish”. The bar is especially renowned for its wide range of Champagnes from both well-known names and small local producers. But there is much more than Champagne on offer, with the barman having developed a “dynamic” menu.
• 10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris