The Cocktails and Spirits Show 2014 was on in Paris a week or so ago, so we were back in the French capital, enjoying the sun, the tennis from Roland Garros and one or two cheeky cocktails in the 11th Arrondissement. Life is good! As you might expect, there are plenty of fantastic bars in Paris and the 11th Arrondissement is no exception. One day we hope to get around them all but for now, here are three to be getting on with.
First up is Le Cannibale, a bar, brasserie and restaurant on Rue J.P. Timbaud, that is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and it is easy to see why it has been so popular for two decades. The decor is very French, very Parisienne and the atmosphere very boho-chic. You could say that about most bars in Paris but what makes Le Cannibale different is the food and cocktail offering. You can eat well and very
reasonably priced for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the cocktails kicking in later in the day. There is almost a student-come-traveller feel to the place, no one stands on ceremony here, there is an earthy, relaxed feeling that is almost palpable. It is easy to see an afternoon blend seamlessly into an evening and beyond. Definitely worth a visit.
Le Cannibale, 93 Rue J.P. Timbaud, 75011, Paris
Around the corner is The Bottle Shop. For those of you from Australia and New Zealand, it certainly is not what you would expect when you hear the words bottle shop. This is, however, a real melting pot of French and Anglo Saxon influences. You will feel very much at home here while still enjoying the best of Paris.
The Bottle Shop is relatively small and intimate but it has a larger than life atmosphere and thirty classic cocktails on the menu. Indeed, the list is just what you might expect in London or New York but done well, really well. As ever, it is the simple things in life that count the most and here we went back to basics and opted for the Bloody Mary. There really is nothing better than a lazy Sunday Brunch in the Parisian sunshine with a perfectly chilled Bloody Mary. Yum!
The Bottle Shop, 5 Rue Trousseau, 75011, Paris
Our final port of call was the Lone Palm on Rue Keller. It sounds American and you would be half right if you thought that. Lone Palm brings back post-war, ‘Brat Pack’ era, American culture and fuses it with the finest elements of modern France and we don’t just mean a Frank Sinatra track belting out on iPod. The retro decor, low lit ambience and service take you right back to a time most of us have only glimpsed in a Hollywood classic.
Lone Palm is big on cocktails, it’s what they are all about. If you have a classic favourite then order with confidence because you won’t be disappointed. If you are feeling a little more adventurous there are plenty to choose from on the menu but we suggest you start with the bar’s signature cocktail, the Lone Palm, a gin based special with a mix of Thai Basil Syrup, lime juice and just a touch of Old Jamaican Ginger Beer. This is a really fun bar and the smiles are free!
Lone Palm, 21 Rue Keller, 75011, Paris