St Germain des Prés, Paris
Because I’m a long-time Oscar Wilde fan, I’d been dying to have drinks at L'Hôtel. I started off with an 18 euro Coupe de Champagne Rose (glass of pink champagne), ended up talking to a couple from South Carolina who also owned a home in N'awlins, and at their urging ended up drinking the entire bottle of champagne (they picked up the tab, wasn't that nice?). Definitely come here for fantastic drinks & fantastic service. I visited here twice & found it to be tres sympa & cozy. The second night was to meet up with my distant cousin, Shannon Twiss, who works in photography in California and is a HUGE Parisophile like me. Like us, you may opt for a late-night dinner; we had scrambled eggs & bacon.
You might also recognize this place as Anthony Bourdain's hotel during his Paris episode of his hugely popular show on The Travel Channel, No Reservations. The episode also shows Tony swimming in the downstairs pool which appears in the opening credits. This hotel's address is given by Sabrina's father (John Wood) to Lionel (Harrison Ford) to indicate where Julia Ormond's character staying in Paris in the 1995 version of Sabrina.
This is a favorite hotel of rock stars such as Lenny Kravitz; Jim Morrison stayed here and Oscar Wilde died here (room 16) when it was still a seedy hotel known as the Hôtel d'Alsace intoning his famous last words, "Either that wallpaper goes or I do!". Nowadays, L'Hotel is a considerably more upscale hotel catering to the likes of rock stars and famous actors! In fact, in the bar you'll see photos of Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Rober de Niro and Milla Jovovich (who was married to her Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, who also directed Nikita and its subsequent Americanized version Point of No Return starring Bridget Fonda).
Photos: February 2006
Dress Code: Business casual which the couple from South Carolina wore. I dressed in black as did my cousin, Shannon.
You can see a copy of the hotel bar here:
Easily the cheapest bar in the area.
During happy hour (12h - 22h) a pint of Amstel is about 3.5EUR, and Guinness is 4.5EUR, which is by far the cheapest I know of in Paris!
Close to lots of other bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, clubs etc...
Open from midday till 2am. Staff speak reasonable English. The bar is normally full of students, young people, tourists so is a good mix.
Dress Code: Casual - best to avoid football colours as they regularly screen matches.
There's La Pena St Germain which plays great latin music. It gets really crowded on week-ends so go early or really late (after 3AM). The place closes down at 6am.
It's in an underground "cave" so it can get hot but the atmosphere is really warm and welcoming.
DJ Niche plays salsa hits, regeaton, merengue, vallenato and spanish pop.
Dress Code: They don't let guys with sneakers in but girls in flip flops is generally ok ...
Each year, the 21st June, for the shortest night of the year, Paris lives in music.
Each district organizes several free musical spectacles.
Every style is represented : modern, rock, religious, classical, musette, etc...
This femal singer sings modern songs about religion.
There are in Saint-Germain des prés square a little bar called Le Quebec(is not very elegant) but if you go to take a drink or buy tobacco you can hear the joke of the day by the barman Jeanmi (pleasant and funny)
Nice casual cafe to sit down and relax and have some cocktails. We had a carpirinha and a gin fizz. The waiters kept refilling the olives and sweets nuts for free.
Dress Code: Casual
Best advice I can give for a guarenteed good night out in Paris is go to St. Germain des-Pres. Beautiful area with lots of restaurants, bars, and clubs. You'll thank me.