Thanks to its starring role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” we already knew that Le Bristol was one of the most beautiful hotels in the French capital, but the hotel’s bar is also famous in its own right as being one of the most glamorous hangouts in Paris. So when StyleNest had the chance to enjoy a cocktail (or two) during a Parisian weekend away we of course couldn’t wait to check it out.
The hotel itself is as stunningly beautiful as we hoped it would be and we were in awe as we passed through the grand lobby area. Located further back in the hotel, Le Bar du Bristol bar is hidden away behind its own doors, a cosy, secluded part of the hotel with a private and exclusive feel.
The atmosphere was still welcoming and relaxed however, and with its classic decor, think rich woods and plush velvet furniture, the bar has a homely and comfortable feel.
We were greeted by our waitress for the evening who was friendly and attentive, and we were pleasantly surprised with the thoughtful touch of welcome drinks to enjoy whilst we looked over the menu.
The selection of cocktails is small but unusual and everything was new to us, but we loved the opportunity to experiment with flavours and try some of the creations from the award-winning Head Barman Maxime Hoerth. And with a selection of tapas designed by three-star Michelin chef Eric Fechon we of course couldn’t resist indulging in yet more of the hotel’s delicious food after our lunch earlier that day at Café Antonia.
After making our choices with some help from our waitress our drinks and food arrived promptly, and were so beautifully presented they were almost too good to eat. Our cocktails were adorned with pretty edible flowers and the tapas were delicately and beautifully arranged and definitely had a starry Michelin touch.
We sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the gentle buzz of the bar, people watching as more of the hotel’s stylish guests arrived. The bar’s DJ soon followed but despite the slight increase in both guests and volume the atmosphere remained lively but relaxed. We of course had to try just one more drink before we left, to soak up a little more of the bar’s atmosphere and a little more of their delicious cocktails, before we headed out into the night to enjoy our own ‘Midnight in Paris.’
Le Bar du Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 42 41
Open seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
DJ live mix from Tuesday to Saturday.