On occasional Fridays, I turn over 52 Martinis to five other Paris personalities to get their take on the city’s best bars. This week, some of my favorite Paris Experts share their preferred spots.
Previously a professional pastry chef, currently a celebrated author and always a fun cocktail companion, David Lebovitz tells us “Le Mary Celeste is my favorite bar because all the bartenders seem to know exactly what I want, so I always leave it up to them to make me whatever they feel like. And I’m never disappointed.”
Everybody loves the Yelp Paris Community Manager, Elodie Fagan – and not just for her charisma, but for her insight into Paris places-to-be. And she’s currently loving: “Dirty Dick, a Tiki Bar in SoPi managed by Scotty, an LA native. Their Pain Killer and homemade almond syrup are insane and the atmosphere is so unpretentious, unique and off-beat”
When Mathilde Dewilde isn’t multitasking with her blog (Mathilde’s Cuisine) her book (Foodista) and her many other activities, she’s finding great spots to eat and drink in Paris. Her favorite bar of the moment is Epure because “‘There is a friendly atmosphere in that bar which brings me there again, again and again. The master of the venue, David Rougier, always has an amazing bottle to make you try while having such an ability to make you feel at home. The shape of the bar, which look like a boat, is a true invitation to start chatting with your neighboors and share amazing times with them.”
Between finishing My Little French Cookbook (her fourth cookbook), filming for her BBC TV show, and her recipe column with the London Evening Standard, Rachel Khoo still manages to find a little time to go out for drinks and when she does, it’s just might be at the Candelaria because, as she explains, “I have bit of thing for tiny spots. Just because it’s a small space doesn’t mean this place doesn’t pack punches with some mean cocktails.”
As the mastermind behind the Secrets of Paris website, author of Naughty Paris (one of my absolute favorite guide books), and professional Paris tour guide, Heather Stimmler-Hall knows what she’s talking about when she tells us “I love the bar at the George V Four Seasons because it has a cozy, intimate atmosphere instead of blaring music like most bars. And the cocktails are worth the (admittedly high) price!”