La Commune: A Convivial New Punch Bar from Le Syndicat

Even with a centuries long pedigree, punch has quietly endured less popular periods as well as stalwartly suffered abuse from the collage crowd. Fortunately, over the past decade, Punch has resurfaced (with a capital “P”!) to regain a position as a serious drinks category and serve as a source of inspiration on the cocktail scene. […]

Stay at Home Valentine’s Idea: Lovebirds Cocktail Delivered to Your Door

Hate the crowds, overpriced menus and excessive PDA that comes with going out on February 14th? Then stay home, get all hygge and treat yourself to a cocktail delivered straight to your door. Nighthawks cocktail delivery service teamed up with Sassy cider and employed the skills of barman Sebastien Gans (you might recognize his name […]

Jumonki: Paris’ Latest Monkey Shoulder PopUp

What do you get when you mix Monkey Shoulder with the fantasy film board game Jumanji? Paris’ latest PopUp, Jumonki. Jumonki is the brainchild of Bordeaux based barman Thibault Gaufryau. As the winner of their Monkey Shoulder Bartender Championship with this jungle themed cocktail concept, he got to realize his fantasy bar, which will remain […]

Paris Cocktail Festival: 25 – 27 November 2016

Now that Old Fashioned Week has wrapped up, there’s a new cocktail event to look forward to with the Paris Cocktail Festival, a three day long affair that promises to democratise cocktails with some interesting boozy events. I stopped by their press conference recently and it sounds like a programme with plenty to please both newbies […]

Exclusive: CopperBay’s Secret Menu

I spend a lot of time searching for things under the radar, out of the ordinary; unexpected surprises hidden just beneath the daily grind. It leaves me with a kid-like sense of excitement and adventure to know that there are still secret stairwells to be discovered and insider initiations to be uncovered. In that vein, […]

Nighthawks: Paris’ first successful cocktail delivery service

The busier I get, the more I prioritize essential pursuits and drop or delegate the less important. So, in theory, I like the idea of online orders and delivery services, but in practice it seems like they often fall a bit short. Convenience usually equals compromise in terms of price or quality. But not always….as […]

Café Altitude: Café A becomes an Alpine PopUp in Paris (ends 15 April)

Who doesn’t enjoy a good PopUp? Sure there’s a strong marketing side to this phenomenon, but it seems that everything comes with a healthy does of advertising these days. On the positive side, PopUps bring a welcome detour from the day to day as well as foster an appreciation for their concept due to the ephemeral nature […]

Baranaan: Indian-Inspired Cocktails in Paris

On a nascent wave of gentrification, the multicultural, working class neighborhood of Saint Denis retains enough of its cred-establishing edge to pull in the cool new spots. One of the latest to turn up on this blue-collar-turning-bobo real estate is Baranaan. From the outside, Baranaan passes for a brightly lit café with an Indian bent […]

Le Coq: Cocktail Classes in Paris (CLOSED)

12 Rue du Château d’Eau 75010 Paris One of the aspects of cocktails that I’ve always appreciated is the element they add to entertaining. There’s something special about inviting people over and providing a momentary escape from the daily grind with good food, good company and good cocktails. Cocktails are a way to make an […]

Club Rayé: Striped Parisian Cocktail Adventures (CLOSED)

Club Rayé 26 rue Dussoubs 75002 Paris People often ask where to go for some jazz with their drinks. So, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post about Club Rayé. Opened a few years ago by New York transplant, Kein Cross, Club Rayé fills Paris’ piano bar void. Here, Sheldon Forrest tickles the ivories of […]

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