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Apr 29, 2008 03:44 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: souphie

      I really like the bar at the George V. Pricey, but worth it. Do not miss the wonderful flowers in the public spaces.
      I do not care that much for the Hemingway bar though.

      Le Ciel de Paris is stunning, especially in the evening. Superb view over the city.

      1. re: Dodo

        I do like the bar at Geo V, but prefer the Meurice with the jazz piano in the evenings. Their "finger food" is quite good, albeit tres expensive.

        1. re: Oakglen

          Le Meurice was first on my list, that's exactly what I had in mind.
          Thanks everyone, has anyone been to the bar at Hotel Costes, I've heard good things but their website is lacking.