Cutting edge mixology in the heart of the Marais.
The bar at La Résistance might easily belong to an apothecary: coloured flagons and boxes of exotic ingredients and chemical apparatus are all lined up here, a contemporary mixologist’s dream. The staff take making cocktails – and the spectacle of it – very seriously indeed. It’s been a huge hit in the Marais, but has managed to keep the atmosphere cheery and relaxed rather than unpleasantly hyper, though it is completely full by 8pm on a Friday. There’s a more lounge-like space downstairs where you can cool your heels with a glass of cucumber water and peruse the menu of house cocktails (they’re €12 each, standard for the area). The inventive recipes list lots of esoteric ingredients, and the results are confident and surprising. There’s a taste for dramatic detail, like the gold glitter on La Part des Anges, made with cognac and vanilla. If you don’t fancy anything on the list they’ll also knock you out a classic cocktail, or even create one specially for you.
|Venue name:||La Résistance|
16 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun 5pm-2am|
|Transport:||Metro: Hôtel de Ville or Saint-Paul|
Average User Rating
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Try it once and you'll be hooked. This fun cocktail bar is a microcosm of the wonderful arrondissement it sits in. La Resistance works perfectly on multiple levels. If you pop in early it has a nice lounge-vibe, where you can gather with friends and start prepping your bloodstream for a great night out. If you stop by later in the night, it's likely packed with all the lovely types of Parisians Le Marias has to offer. The head barman/manager Tristan is a gem. He's so friendly/eager to help you find the perfect cocktail or to just carry on a perfectly interesting conversation entirely unrelated to liquor/spirits. My girlfriend and I frequent le marais, it being our favorite area in Paris. We've made La Resistance our nightly go-to bar whenever we are in town. The atmosphere is ideal, the average clientele are cool and chic but also friendly. Again, I can't say enough glowing things about Tristan and how he runs this business. The great atmosphere truly reflects both his barman expertise and his awesome attitude. Cheers Tristan. Nick & Hridi