19, rue Keller, Paris, 75011, France
Tel: +33 1 4700 5362
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat noon-3pm & 7pm-midnight, Mon noon-6pm
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Plates & dishes
Owned by: Thierry, Mido & Lucile
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Bastille is renowned for being the party district for the young and the hipsters to enjoy a beer or a mojito. Yet there, hidden on the rue Keller, is a place that looks like a mix between old Parisian café and American diner. There, you can drink the best cocktails served by one of the most talented bartenders in Paris. The Café Moderne is a family business: Thierry, the oldest worked a long time in prestigious restaurants in Paris while his younger brother and sister, Mido and Lucile, spent a few years in NYC.
Café moderne has a certain charm, thanks to the black leather seats, the carmine red walls and graphic tiling, and old mixology tools: glass, shaker, carafe, absinthe fountain.
Mido combines his passion for cocktails and customer interaction. He offers an interesting and diversified menu priced from €9 to €16: each drink is explained not with a list of ingredients but with a poem, because for Mido, "words can wake up your senses". You can find several versions of classic drinks upgraded with homemade products (infusion, fermentation techniques), not to mention the winning cocktail he created for the French World Class competition in the section of the Menu 'World Class Experience'.
In addition to the cocktails, Café Moderne is also the best spot for meatballs in Paris (the team has released a recipe book, too).