Golden Promise, a hidden whisky bar in 2nd arrondissement. All sounds rather James Bond doesn’t it? Well, that’s not far from the truth. Paris’s first genuine whisky bar with over 1,000 whiskys collected from all over the world, Golden Promise is the fruit of La Maison du Whiskey and the founder of La Maison du Saké, Youlin Ly. You’ll find it via La Maison du Saké on rue Tiquetonne, in ring-to-enter bar downstairs.
The name refers to an iconic type of barley that was used to manufacture some of the greatest single malt whiskeys in the 1960s. Despite being slightly more fallible than other specimens, it gave these bottles a distinct aroma that made them famous. Before you even step in, there's an expectation in terms of quality.
Golden Promise prides itself on being a tasting centre for everything around the drink – the bar has a full menu with over 200 whiskies. The cocktail menu is divided between a short (changing) cocktail list and an interpretation of 5 whiskies (Japanese, Irish, American, Scottish and Taiwanese) taken in one of the following ways: neat, whisky + chaser, and highball. The latter (€11-15) have fallen out of fashion in recent times, but while drinking the Super Nikka "Revivale" blended with Bergamotto Quaglia liqueur, tonic water and thyme which is both refreshing and complex, we think a revival is a-coming.
Cocktails are competitively priced at €12-13, and surprisingly good given that the bar’s focus is more the range of whiskies than cocktails. Golde