Bar 228 at Le Meurice

Entering Bar 228 is like stepping back in time. You don’t need to be a guest at the grand Le Meurice hotel to enjoy the luxury of solidly made classic cocktail in the intimate, clubby den, but you may need to be a millionaire. The atmosphere might be retro, but at 25€ a pop, the prices certainly are not. You’re there for the atmosphere–soft jazz, comfy leather chairs, and gracious pampering from tuxedoed waiters–not innovation.

Practical information

Address: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1), Concorde (1, 8, 12)
Hours: Open every day 11:45am-1:30am
Telephone: 01 44 58 10 10
Average price for cocktail: 25€
Website

Reviews of interest

Forest Collins (2011) “Barstaff maintain the same level of polished, professional, perfected service found throughout the rest of the hotel and bring out bowls of nuts, olives and creamy, garlicky dip with delicate bread sticks while guests peruse the extensive cocktail menu. Clientele can choose from dozens of long and short classics, champagne cocktails and a smaller selection of house creations…”

Emma Bentley (2011) “Dark wood. Leather armchairs. Attentive waiters in pressed white jackets. A glass of crisp Chablis. Nibbles. Jazz pianist. Hushed voices. The chinking of glasses. Dimmed lighting. Men in suits and women in cocktail dresses. Seduction at its very finest.”

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