This sumptuous Art Deco bar, specialising in absinthe-laced cocktails, takes its name from the New Orleans brothel madam and procuress Lulu White. Nestled on Rue Frochot with a discreet windowless façade, Lulu White’s only marker is a small brass engraving of its namesake, taken from a 1920s mug shot. Caught between two very different worlds (the sex shops of the Boulevard de Clichy and South Pigalle’s cluster of gourmet grocers and restaurants), Lulu White belongs to neither; indeed, with its all-English staff and turn-of-the century décor, the bar is truly a world apart: leather upholstery, mirrored ceilings and counters in polished marble and mahogany.
Like its lush interior (where seating is very limited), Lulu White's menu is both extravagant and select, offering nine original cocktails: all delicious, all devised by Mark Scott (the Brit behind sister Bristol bars Hyde & Co and The Milk Thistle). We especially loved the ‘Knock on Wood’, made with cognac, Armagnac and absinthe, and the ‘Vaudeville’, a giddy, quenching blend of rum and tequila with a sugary lemon tang. Unfortunately, the prices are rather steep: €11-€15 per cocktail and €18-€20 for a glass of absinthe (with a choice of Pernod Absinthe, Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe and St George Vert Absinthe).
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