Candelaria by Night [Paris]
9th best bar in the world, and the best bar in Europe, according to World’s 50 Best Bars. You really can’t go wrong here.
One of the things I admire most here is the total lack of pretension. Despite the very serious cocktail program, and the incredible breadth and depth of knowledge the people behind the sticks have, it still manages to feel like a welcoming neighborhood bar — albeit welcoming in a dark and sexy way. Last time I visited, there were dudes in t-shirts and basketball shorts mingling with women in Chanel. Then again, it was fashion week.
There is no doubt that Paris is slowly but surely turning into a cocktail town, buoyed by establishments like Candelaria. The Experimental group may have been the headwater of artisan cocktail culture in the city, but the diaspora of well-educated bartenders that has sprung from it seems to be doing the real moving and shaking in the scene these days.
Pun intended, of course.
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 (Filles du Calvaire)
01 42 74 41 28