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Le Bristol's bar.

Photo By Romeo Balancourt

FINE FEATHERS: Star decorator Pierre-Yves Rochon and the owner of Le Bristol hotel, Maja Oetker, have just put the finishing touches on the new Bar du Bristol.

“We wanted to create a cozy space for a nightcap, combining an English club with the spirit of joie de vivre,” said Oetker. “Being able to create different ambiances was important, especially with lighting — but we’re not a disco, so it’s all very flattering.”

Anchored by an authentic 1740 Aubusson tapestry of a Chinese garden, the bar picks up on a peacock motif with a trompe l’oeil entry by artist Thierry Bruet, a stuffed peacock and a palette of neutrals with shots of teal or leopard pattern.

Behind the bar, head barman Maxime Hoerth and first barman Roman Devaux (formerly second to Colin Field at the Hemingway Bar) shake up variations on classics, such as the Bristol Old Fashioned No. 1 (bourbon, whiskey, coffee and maple syrup) or the Heartbreaker (vodka, vermouth and rosemary). Tapas, such as King crab maki, shrimp tempura and pata negra ham, by three-star chef Eric Fréchon, round out the menu.

Keeping the vibe current is a rotating roster of DJs and featured video artists whose films loop on a mirror-screen over the bar.


Le Bristol
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-53-43-42-41
Open daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Cocktails start at 26 euros ($34 ).
A 50 euro ($66) table fee applies on DJ nights, Thursday through Saturday.


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