Some cocktail bars and shops in Paris

Cocktails Spirits is a small and fun bar show in Paris, France - and they just announced the dates for the sixth edition - June 2 and 3 - really looking forward to it! Last year I attended the show for the first time, and I met lots of old and new friends - and I also had the chance to visit a number of bars around the city. I actually hadn't been in Paris since 2006, and back then the number of craft cocktail bars was approximately... zero. Here's what I managed to cover in two days:

La Rhumerie
A'Rhum
34 rue du grenier St Lazare

A small shop entirely dedicated to rum, rhum arrangés and related food and drink items. Huge selection of caribbean rums, good price too - especially the agricoles. Highly recommended!

LMDW Fine Spirits
6 carrefour de l'Odéon

A shop with great selection of premium spirits, bitters, cocktail books and bar tools - absolutely essential!

L'Hotel
La Rhumerie
166 Boulevard Saint-Germain

Atmospheric and lively tourist trap with not so good rum drinks and lots of fried small bites - could be worse.

L'Hotel
13 rue des Beaux-Arts

Small and relaxed library style hotel bar with cosy furniture, well executed cocktails and prompt service.

Le Tiki Lounge
26 bis, rue de la Fontaine au Roi

The first tiki bar in Paris, with a nice variety of tropical drinks and friendly service.

Prescription Cocktail Club
23 rue Mazarine

Le Tiki Lounge
Curio Parlor
16 rue des Bernardins

Experimental Cocktail Club
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur

These three bars need no introduction. The craft cocktail scene in Paris started with Experimental Cocktail Club, and it proved to be so successful that the owners decided to open a couple of more bars in the city.

Le bar at Four Seasons Hotel George V
31, avenue George V

A stylish and very expensive hotel bar with surprisingly adventurous cocktails - not all of them worth the price.

La Perla
26 rue Francois Miron

Part of a chain of Mexican restaurants and bars, of course specializing in tequila drinks. Also a bit of a tourist trap, but nice atmosphere and serviceable Margaritas.

Le bar at
Four Seasons Hotel George V
Candelaria
52 rue de Saintonge

Highly recommended craft cocktail bar hidden inside a taco shop - very popular and very packed with people having fun and enjoying the great food and drinks.

The ART Room
13 rue tiquetonne

Very dark and stylish three floor bar with killer cocktails and prompt service. The drinks don't have any names, just numbers, which adds to the mystique.

Le Ballroom du Beefclub
58, rue Jean Jacques Rousseau

The latest cocktail bar from the Experimental Cocktail Club people, in the basement below a hyped American style steakhouse. Absolutely beautiful, with an eclectic cocktail list and perfect execution.

Le Ballroom du Beefclub

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