Le Syndicat

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The façade of the speakeasy Le Syndicat. Yes, there's a bar inside.

Oh, that papered over and possibly abandoned storefront? That’s Le Syndicat. Cleverly hidden in plain sight, it doesn’t consider itself a bar per se, but rather, an “Organization in Defense of French Spirits,” where Romain Le Mouëllic and Sullivan Doh (last seen at Sherry Butt) are revisiting and reviving old-fashioned French spirits as the base for unusual cocktails aimed at a fashionable, younger audience. The bar is pegboard and concrete warmed up and made gritty-glamorous by the addition of gold metallic curtains for a utilitarian chic that appeals, based on the size of the comely crowd late on a weeknight. There’s a smattering of pricey nibbles, rillettes of a few sorts or marinated vegetables, but you’re here to explore the obscure aperitifs, eaux de vies, and Cognacs of yore. For €40, commit to the Chemin Educatif which takes you on the Tour de France of booze experiences with a degustation flight of three liqueurs plus one revisited classic cocktail, and one inventive contemporary creation.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

Practical information

Address: 51 rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
Nearest transport: Strasbourg Saint-Denis (4,8,9)
Hours: Open every night
Telephone: 06 66 63 57 60
Average price for cocktail: 13€
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Reviews of interest

Travel + Leisure (2016) “Servers bring cucumber water unannounced (a rarity in Paris), even before you order one of their $11 to $14 drinks. Try the appropriately named “Drop the Beet,” made with the French apple brandy Calvados, beet juice, and house ginger.”

Paris Bouge (2015) “Le concept, remettre au goût du jour des alcools de grand-père, sélectionner des spiritueux au quatre coins de la France et créer, comme en couture, un sur-mesure en matière de cocktails. Tout est français mais surtout, tout est particulièrement bien travaillé, les associations entre alcool et jus, liqueurs, saveurs.”

52 Martinis (2014) “Le Syndicat is the self-proclaimed “Organization in Defense of French Spirits” and, as such, focuses strictly on French ingredients.  The concept of its creators, Sullivan Doh and Romain Le Mouellic, is to stock the bar with bottles of gentian based beverages, French Gins, Cognacs, Armagnac, and other ingredients hailing from l’Hexagone.”

Time Out (2014) “Une façade décrépite, des affiches placardées sur une épaisseur de 5 centimètres… Mais où est ce bar? … C’est sur un concept très rafraîchissant que Sullivan Doh et Romain Le Mouellic ont décidé de fonder un rade aux allures de bar clandestin, qui contraste nettement avec un intérieur clinquant aux tonalités mordorées.”

Le Figaro (2014) “Sullivan Doh, transfuge de l‘Experimental, qui a fait ses classes à l’école Ferrandi et participé au succès du Sherry Butt (dans le IVe), jongle avec vieux cognacs, rhums blancs de La Réunion et eaux-de-vie de myrte. La carte est brève, précise et séduisante pour les amateurs de boissons tourbées.”

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