You don't need to be a guest at the grand Le Meurice hotel to enjoy the luxury of having tuxedoed waiters serve you 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 euros a pop, the prices certainly are not.
Skip the pizza at Da Vito and head directly for the refrigerator in the center of the room. The walk-in fridge filled with beer kegs and hanging hams is an entrance to this elegant but unpretentious speakeasy. Get a seat at the bar if you can–both to ogle the impressive collection of vintage barware and because the service leaves a little much to be desired. The drink menu runs heavy on whiskey and mezcal (in a good way) and includes a fresh, seasonal punch for only 6€ each day.
— Catherine Down, July 2013
This newest address from the team behind Candelaria brings together cocktails, whiskey and craft beer (Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn IPA on tap, plus plenty more in bottles). Excellent drinks, high-end hot dogs and a rotating lineup of DJs mean that the place is always packed. Arrive early or risk being turned away at the door.