3 Stars with bars?
Friends coming in from the States who are in the restaurant business and we want to go to some really nice restaurants for drinks. I know Le Meurice has a bar, I've heard rumors that you can go up to Jules Verne for a drink, any thoughts/suggestions? I'm looking to add to our list.
Bars and restaurants are usually separate in France. Many hotels have both, so it looks like restaurants who have bars, but taht's not what it is. On exception amoing top restaurants would be Apicius. Senderens and his bar le Passage too, to a lesser extent (you need to reserve separately). I don't think that you can have drinks at le Jules Vernes, but you can have drinks at the first floor of the Eiffel tower. Also at the top of Tour Montparnasse (le ciel de Paris) or Concorde Lafayette (hotel again). But the bottom line is: you can't go to a restaurant just for drinks in France. Only casual brasseries/cafés are places where you seat for eating at meal hours and for drinking (or snacking) outside meal hours.
Having said that, one of the most georgeous and fanciest bars in town in the Hemingway bar at the Ritz hotel.