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Le Meurice, 228, rue de Rivoli (1st Arr.)
(33) 01-44-58-10-66 | www.lemeurice.com
AMBIANCEClassic French Elegance
RESERVATIONSRecommended on weekends; book online
DOOR POLICYRelaxed, but must be appropriately attired
PRICE (COCKTAILS)EUR 10-15
YEAR OPENED1835 (renovated in 2007)
SIGNATURE DRINK50+ whiskeys; wide range of cocktails (including 17 exclusive creations)
BARYes - elegant antique-styled bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - light French fare; lunch; canapes
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Though the elegant leather armchairs and dark wood paneling create a slightly British club feel (and give a sophisticated nod to Bar 228’s history as the favorite watering hole of channel-hopping Englishmen), there’s no mistaking the opulent French-style luxury of the majestic Le Meurice bar. From overt Gallic grandeur (three massive murals by Lavalley of fêtes at Château de Fontainebleau) to delicate details (crystal decanters stored in antique glass cabinets), this is unquestionably the high life à la parisienne. The encyclopedic drinks list offers only the most refined of tipples (primarily decadent cocktails and fine liquors) while live piano in the evening further heightens the rarefied ambiance.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Conservative luxury; if you’ve been hitting the boutiques, this would be a good place to wear your new Chanel cocktail dress or Hermès scarf.
GO HERE WITH
Clients or colleagues; parents or grandparents; a date
Chic Parisians mingle with a well-heeled international crowd from the hotel. Tends to be on the older side (40s and up).
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a Paris classic–a must hit for its history and its luxe ambiance. Great spot for a refined drink with clients or parents or simply for a nightcap before retiring to your room.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The sky-high cocktail prices.
GOOD TO KNOW
The surrounds were actually “buffed up” by Philippe Starck in 2007, though you wouldn’t know it from the conservatism of the classic décor. There’s live music nightly 7:00pm-12:00am.
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