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Cocktails in Paris: Curio Parlor

by Genevieve Sandifer
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At first you thought you’d never tire of your pre-dinner kirs or pastis on traditional café terraces. But after one-too-many botched martinis, you’re willing to start considering alternatives. And if those alternatives happen to come courtesy of a group of fresh-faced Parisians enamored with New York cocktail culture, so be it.

Determined to bring Parisians around to the idea of “real” cocktails, drawing on only the finest spirits and fresh-squeezed fruit, the team behind the Curio Parlor first landed on the Paris scene a couple years ago with the Experimental Cocktail Club, an aptly named velour-lined drinking den in the 2nd arrondissement.

Although the two bars share their inclination towards taxidermy, designer’s guild prints, rococo chandeliers and plying Paris’ trendy set with expensive drinks, the Curio Parlor feels like the older sibling; a grown-up, intimate den perfect for whiling away an evening when you’re homesick for a proper Manhattan. The ground floor is anchored by a bar teeming with bottles and vials, with a couple nooks recessed behind heavy curtains ideal for hushed conversing. The downstairs is where the late-night parties happen, with a second bar and a DJ booth for the guest acts that regularly grace the Parlor.

Although there isn’t much about the Curio Parlor that isn’t alluring, the incontestable draw of the spot is the concise yet satisfying cocktail menu (although the people-watching isn’t bad either). The signature “Strawberry Fields” finds its place (and is worth a try if only to hear the bartender slap the mint leaf before delicately setting it afloat on your coupe of fresh-squeezed berries, vodka and champagne) alongside New York standbys of days past and the occasional foray into Tiki. My personal favorite: the refreshing Copa Verde (Tequila, honey, avocado, lime).

The drinks aren’t quick to make and the regular crowd is a thirsty one, so to really have your way of the place, a weeknight aperitif-hour stop is the way to go.

Curio Parlor, 16 rue des Bernardins, 75006, Paris. 01 44 07 12 47

Experimental Cocktail Club, 37 rue Saint Sauveur, 75002, Paris. 0 1 45 08 88 09

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Genevieve Sandifer

Genevieve was born in New York City and raised between London and Paris. Genevieve is part of the Haven in Paris team and is the editor of the Hip Paris blog. Unable to stay away from Paris for too long, she now splits her time between New York, Honolulu and Paris, where she keeps tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers and scours the city for great bistros, cocktail bars and vintage stores. View Genevieve Sandifer's Website

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5 comments on “Cocktails in Paris: Curio Parlor

Great suggestion. It looks like a very hip modern bar with a great ambiance. Believe me, I’ve been to nearly every club in Paris and you can’t really find a place better than Curio Parlor. An intelligent bar setup means that you get served in moments, not minutes.

I would like to point out another favourite bar of mine in the area which is the Hemingway Bar. Top shelf drinks and swanky cocktails will make you feel like a celebrity in this elegant yet electric atmosphere.

The Promenade lounge Restaurant is a long-running favourite in a part of Paris that’s traditionally come alive at night, the 1th arrondissment between the Opera and Montmartre. This lively corner venue has a fantastic ambience and a warm welcome and that indescribable thing that makes people let loose and have a great time. The décor is pseudo-retro-American with chrome bits and Route 66 memorabilia, comfy banquettes and a great curving bar to gather around. The innovative menu features dishes like mushroom ravioli with basil crème, and Indian lamb and creamed spinach with basmati rice. The drinks are a universe unto themselves. There are djs and the doors don’t shut until two in the morning.

Promenade Newyorkais
44 rue du louvre
Tél. 01 42 36 55 74
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