For an occasional change of pace, I like to invite other Paris personalities to tell us about their favorite bar for our Friday Five feature. This week we focus on friendly faces from the French food scene who share the following tips:
Emily Dilling is founder of the blog Paris Paysanne and author of the upcoming My Paris Market Cookbook. And she also does a great podcast! Emily’s Friday Five bar pick is Le Supercoin because “Claudia, the owner, has pulled together an amazing selection of exclusively French craft beers. The bar is a bit hole-in-the-wall, but that adds to its charm and the super cool staff and quality beers make this coin one of my favorite neighborhood bars.”
Tristan Olphe-Galliard is one the cofounders of Chefshout, a restaurant guide app for foodies to discover where top chefs eat. The app is still in the works, but you can already see chef recs and more info ono their site. Tristan tells us “I remember the first wine I drank at Alex Siboni’s Vingt Heures Vin. It was a white Beajolais from Jean Paul Brun. Since then, Alex has helped me discover many other bottles and we have become friends. This is the Abbesses bar. Super charcuterie and cheese platters, a friendly, local atmosphere with a few tourists enjoying themselves in the mix, and an owner who speaks about his winemakers with stars in his eyes. Go for an aperitif of the Sylvie Speilmann Riesling!” [texte original en Français]
Adrien of Food in Paris, a blog that keeps us up to date on the latest and tastiest of the city’s tables explains “As a Paris restaurant blogger, I’m particularly interested in bars that offer worthwhile food options in addition to a noteworthy cocktail menu. This is the case with the bar L’Entrée des Artistes, which recently moved into the Pigalle area. In addition to the great atmosphere and refined cocktails, the restaurant deserves special attention for its large selection of gourmet sharing plates. A guaranteed good time! [texte original en Français]
Valentine de Lagarde writes a fantastic blog called Little Black Book on which she shares her spots for the city’s best food and drink. And, she also works for Omnivore. Valentine has two current favs to share:
“Baton Rouge: This newcomer to the cocktail scene makes it to the top of the list. Behind the bar you’ll find two of the most notable names in French bartending, Joseph Biolatto and Julien Escot. From this collaboration comes a cocktail menu that blends the modern with a solid understanding of the classics. They have successfully created an original space in this area not yet overrun by bars. Just down the hill from Rue Frochot, which is now bursting with bars, Baton Rouge has managed to pull together skill, service, decor, originality, and quality in a relaxed manner. And everyone is crazy for their killer ribs.
Expérimental Cocktail Club: Even as the pioneer of the Paris craft cocktail movement, this bar is still the most experimental and exacting when it comes to cocktails. While their rhythm changes from day to day and over time, they remain an indispensable part of the Paris cocktail scene. A good mix of clients, superior cocktail creations and one of the city’s best teams.” [texte original en Français]
Fabrice Ivara is passionate about his food and has been running the popular foodie blog Coup de Fourchette since 2007, where he reviews Paris restaurants and shares tips on how to dine in the City of Light. Here’s two of his top picks:
–L’Artisan Bar (9ème), especially for the food and ambience typical of this neighborhood. Looking for a restaurant but also want to have good drinks and don’t have a reservation? L’Artisan is the answer.
–Le Andy Wahloo (3ème), reopened a little over a year ago, are just as busy as before (arrive early), conscientious with their cocktails, and also offer a successful food menu. One of the hippest choices of the Paris hype.[texte original en Français]
Big thanks to this week’s Paris personalities for taking the time to tell us about their favorite bars!