Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Laurence Marot on 01-Dec-2015
Bristol Hotel Paris, Paris, 75008, France
Tel: +33 1 5343 4241
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Romantic
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
Owned by: Oetker Hotel Management Co. GmbH
For a long time in Paris, luxury hotel bars were the only place to drink a high quality cocktail, even though the price was off the scale. With the new cocktail scene, the hotel bars have chosen to emphasize creativity and mixology with exceptional bartenders. Such is the case with the Bristol, one the oldest and best palaces in Paris.
The cocktail bar is one of the nicest spots in the Bristol: decor by prestigious craft companies made with fine woodworks, panther fabric covered sofas, a festival of chandeliers and an authentic fireplace, ideal for lovers. A chic and old school atmosphere. Yet, music videos projected on the extra-large mirror above the bar brings a touch of modernity. A DJ works every night to help create a very pleasant vibe, thanks to a jazz and swing playlist.
The hotel restaurant may be Michelin 3-star, with chef Eric Frechon, but the bar is held by Maxime Hoerth, first "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" in bartending in 2011, a coveted competition and title. The young and talented Maxime imagines a menu with his team for each season of around eight signature cocktails, including a champagne-based one, and one created in partnership with a celebrity. Each cocktail is presented in a jewel-like glass. The Old Fashioned, one of Maxime's favorite cocktails, is modified according to the season, while his "1925" is made with champagne, tobacco syrup, orange and mandarin bitter, liquorice bitter, and X.O. cognac.