This unassuming bar in the heart of the Marais wins over romantics every time. Designed over several floors of a town house, you push through the front door into a small reception room with a bar decorated with candles and coloured lanterns, surrounded by comfortable armchairs. There are two further floors, each an intimate small room full of armchairs set in cosy corners, with the electro-pop soundtrack kept at a discreet volume.
It’s the ideal spot for a romantic tête-à-tête, perhaps over a Vertige de l’Amour cocktail (elderflower, agave, cucumber, chilli and bitters) or a Dahlia Rose (rum, raspberry, lemon, rosehip syrup, soda water and mint). For more dramatic moods, there’s the SkyFall (cognac, green chartreuse, dark chocolate Mozart liqueur, jasmine tea and Aztec chocolate bitters). The mixes come in at around €11, fairly standard for the Marais – though classic mojitos, margaritas and so on are €5.50 during happy hour (6pm-8pm), also the price of Cardinale beer on tap. There’s a shorter cocktail menu on weekends, when the place gets full to bursting.
|Venue name:||Les Etages|
35 rue Vieille du Temple
|Opening hours:||Daily 5.30pm-2am|
|Transport:||Métro : Saint-Paul ou Hôtel de Ville|
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I've rarely had such a bad experience just to drink a cocktail. I am parisian and decided to have a drink with some friends coming from the Netherlands. What seemed to be the "boss" of the place received us with nothing but disrispect. This person seemed simply "annoyed" with our presence, even though we were 10, even though I was doing the service myself as he refused to bring the cocktails upstairs and even though we were willing to pay those way too expensive cocktails and therefore were actually impressively participating to the turnover of his bar. When I just point out to him that his behaviour was absolutely odious, he decided to kick us out, despite the fact that we had already paid. This seems like a habit for him: the last time I came (and I went there only twice...), a couple got fired as the girl "dared" to ask insistantly what was the composition of her cocktail.
Paris is field with beautiful and nice cocktail bars so don't lose your time in this one.
A good one to remember when you're wandering around the Marais early evening time, it's a little gloomy inside but feels very cosy. Drinks are very decently priced as well.