Le Forum

The unaffected but luxurious lounge is the least expensive of the historic cocktails bars, with a cocktail menu as thick as an encyclopedia. Le Forum has been open since 1918 and run by the same family since the early 1930s.

Practical information

Address: 4 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 65 37 86
Average price for cocktail: 16€

Reviews of interest

Forest Collins (2013) “Spoil yourself with a drink from their “Hall of Fame” list, like the popular vodka-based Porn Star Martini, made with a soft touch of passion fruit and vanilla.”

World’s Best Bars (2012) “The boxy leather chairs are surprisingly comfortable and one could easily while away an hour or so here with a well-made martini, a classic Pisco Sour or a glass of crisp champagne. The crowd is smartly attired and can veer towards the middle-aged and corporate.”

Andrew Harper (2011) “Otherwise, this bar is a haven of excellence for anyone who likes a good cocktail, a fine whisky or an old-fashioned aperitif such as Lillet, Suze or Pineau des Charentes Marnier. Mrs. Harper has a fondness for the occasional Forum Cocktail, a mix of gin, Noilly Prat Dry and Grand Marnier that was created here in 1929, and I’ve enjoyed sampling my way through the excellent list of single malts through the years.”

Forest Collins (201o) “their attention to detail and consideration of cocktails ensures that every drink is made with just the right ice. This is where I go if I’m feeling flush and craving some sophisticated sipping.”

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