For a drink in the capital, its most likely that we would think of a roadside bar rather than a hotel bar, which is a shame as many are original, more intimate and in prime locations. The capital has lots of hotel bars that are not exclusively for hotel guests.
Here are 3 to discover:
The Hôtel de Crillon’s “Les Ambassadeurs” bar
The internationally-renowned Hôtel de Crillon’s “Les Ambassadeurs” bar benefits from a terrace commanding a picture-postcard view of Place de la Concorde.
10 signature cocktails, each representing a notable place in Paris, include “Chat Perché” with its notes of passion fruit, “Couleur Café” and “Effendi” with the tang of citrus fruits.
From Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8 p.m., sip a drink and tap your feet to the hotel’s resident orchestra, Les Ambassadrices.
Les Ambassadeurs, Hôtel de Crillon, 10 place de la Concorde 75008 Paris.
Hemingway, the Ritz hotel bar
This world-famous palace hotel in Place Vendôme is home to the Hemingway bar, named after the renowned author who was partial to sipping a wee dram in what is, with seating for just 25, among the smallest bars in the world…
Relax in a welcoming leather armchair surrounded by bookcases and superb panelling to enjoy a glass of Serendipity, a delicious cocktail created by head barman Colin Peter Field (ranked best bartender in the world by Forbes magazine).
A legendary hotel bar in Paris.
Bar Hemmingway, Ritz, 15 place Vendôme 75001 Paris
The Lutetia hotel’s Joséphine bar
In the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, the Hôtel Lutetia’s Joséphine bar (in homage to singer Joséphine Baker) boasts a remarkable Art Deco architectural style with frescoes on the walls and ceiling, immense bay windows and sculptures.
To the rhythm of jazz, choose one of the 7 signature cocktails, and sit back and relax. The cocktail menu also boasts a selection of the finest whiskies and rums, as well as a choice of refined snacks.
Bar Joséphine, Hôtel Lutetia, 45 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris.