The City of Lights has transformed itself into the City of Cocktails this week as the first Paris Cocktail Week kicks off. In a city known more for its drinks served in the American bars of posh hotels immortalized by the likes of Hemingway, in recent years Paris has joined the global cocktail trend in full force with a host of Prohibition-style speakeasies popping up to serve the Bo-Bo crowd. Several of these bars have been so successful that their owners have launched sister bars, all with stellar drinks lists and expert staffs.
If you’re Chunneling it or flying over La Manche this week, here’s a selection of the best cocktail bars Paris has to offer. Santé!
After the success of the Candelaria, a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant with a hidden door that opens into a chic speakeasy, its American owners continued their success with two additional bars, Glass and the Mary Celeste. Glass specializes in craft beers and gourmet hot dogs in addition to cocktails and the Mary Celeste serves inventive, posh tapas alongside its wine and cocktail lists.
After Little Red Door took off with a listing in the 2013 World’s Best Bars, its team looked to the trendy district of SoPi (South Pigalle) to open their next cocktail kingdom, Le Lulu White. Drenched in Belle Epoque decor, the bar is named after a madam that ran a New Orleans brothel. Having just opened in December 2014, it’s serving Paris’ newest cocktails.