BACK
Put Your Stamp On The World
GO TO PASSPORT

Passport to Paris

Want to SAVE, EMAIL, and PRINT your picks? Sign up for a Purple Passport account to get started.

    Stay Connected!

    Paris

    LE BAR DU PLAZA ATHÉNÉE

    pick
    le-bar-du-plaza-athenee
    View Full Screen
    16858
    Le Bar du Plaza Athénée
    Nightlife
    19
    Festive

    Le Bar du Plaza Athénée

    Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris, 25 ave. Montaigne (8th Arr.)

    Paris

    (33) 01-53-67-66-00 | www.bar-plaza-athenee-paris.com

    Did you like this? Share it:
    • AMBIANCE

      Upscale Trendy
    • HOURS

      Daily: 6:00pm-2:00am
    • RESERVATIONS

      For bottle service only; recommended for weekends
    • DOOR POLICY

      Surprisingly relaxed, but dress appropriately
    • PRICE (COCKTAILS; BOTTLE SERVICE)

      EUR 26; EUR 400-6,000
    • YEAR OPENED

      1913 (renovated in 2009)
    • SIGNATURE DRINK

      Sassy cocktails
    • BAR

      Yes - fashionable sculpted glass bar
    • FOOD SERVED?

      Small bites like sushi and caviar
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • OUTDOOR SPACE

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Franklin D. Roosevelt; Alma Marceau
    Le Bar du Plaza Athénée

    VIBE

    Don’t be misled by the signature “black-tie” cocktails at this swanky hotspot in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée: this is no stuffy pearls-and-heels society scene hangout. There’s a funky ice sculpture-esque glass bar, wild ways to get your drink on (jelly shots, alco-popsicles, or “sushi coladas” anyone?), and even (gasp!) a DJ booth. The trendy concept involves two distinct “looks”: from 6:00pm-11:00pm, it’s a blue-lit “cocktail experience,” where well-connected jetsetters perch on high New York-style bar stools and hobnob over cool drinks; on weekends, from 11:00pm onwards, the space is literally re-colored red for an electro-rock party where young-and-fun types splurge on crazy-expensive bottle service and get their groove on.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Trendy smart; we’d wear the coolest designer duds in our suitcases, like a funky McQueen cocktail dress and eye-catching shoes.

    GO HERE WITH

    A date; clients or colleagues - for “blue” drinks; friends - for “red” shenanigans

    CROWD

    A high-profile, international crowd of fashion insiders, media types, and the society set.

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It’s a breath of fresh air after the usual antique-laden (we’re talking furniture and crowd) hotel bars in Paris. We especially dig the creative cocktails–they make a great conversation starter as we mingle with the interesting 20- to 30-something crowd. Note that in addition to its own cocktails, the bar carries drinks from the signature Dorchester Collection menu (we had the same Prickly Pear Margarita at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel as we did here–oh so global). The split identity concept wins kudos, too, since it gives us two experiences in one venue–perfect if we can’t be bothered to move on later in the evening but still want to get our dance on.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The “Black Collection” cocktails, like the “Black Mojito,” are a little creepy. We prefer to be able to see what’s in our drink.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    If you’re here during Fashion Week, good luck getting in–the model set makes this its de facto clubhouse. Besides its red hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the bar also runs “red” theme nights once a month, and, for a “happy few,” it also organizes invitation-only “red” events at hotspots around the globe. And just another sign that the Le Bar du Plaza Athénée is moving with the times, trendy style, it’s on Facebook.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Hotel Costes (Paris)


    Click here for our full-form mobile travel guide, The Purple Passport to Paris

    BEEN HERE? SEND US YOUR REVIEW

    All information within this website was checked for accuracy at the time of publication. But since the world moves quickly, things may have changed. Pardon us for any errors as we strive to give you the most up-to-the-minute details!