You reach Le Ballroom, another venture from the trio behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, via an unmarked black door and down a spiral staircase beneath the Beefclub restaurant. Here, well beyond signal range, you'll find red brick walls, an ornate tiled ceiling and a gleaming collection of spirits and liqueurs, which all create the perfect setting for this dimly-lit speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Waistcoat-wearing bartenders serve up drinks and banter at the comptoir, or there are Chesterfield sofas at candlelit tables for more intimacy.
The drinks menu is on the pricey side, but the mixology delivers – in a sweet and aromatic Fleur des Champs cocktail, for example, a concoction of Citadelle gin, Suze (a hay-infused gentiana liqueur), Peychaud bitters, lemon juice and elderflower cordial. Or maybe a well-dosed classic Sazerac cocktail of Angustora bitters and rye whisky in an absinthe-rinsed glass. If you get peckish, soak up the drinks with a plate of seafood, cold meat cuts, cheese, or even a plate of profiteroles. The eclectic playlist might feature rap, funk, soul or jazz making this an atmospheric place to grab a quiet drink through the week. The secret is out, however, and Le Ballroom gets busy at the weekends.
|Venue name:||Le Ballroom du Beefclub|
58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 7pm-2am|
|Transport:||Métro: Châtelet or Les Halles|