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Nov 12, 2010 09:24 AM

Drinking in the Marais?

Any recommendations for a convivial drinking establishment for a serious drinker in or around the Marais? I could care less if Hemingway sat at the bar. I care very much that the bartender knows what a dry martini ought to be.

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  1. They make serious dry martinis at Le Fumoir (place Saint-Germain-L'Auxerrois) which is not in the Marais but close enough. In case they didn't have your perfect Martini they thought it wiser to have a whole menu of them.

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    1. re: Ptipois

      Heartily second Le Fumoir. How o how I miss the old China Club.

        1. re: Parigi

          Ahhhh the China Club. That was a good one, wasn't it.

      1. If you are truely serious about your Martinis, gin, not vodka etc, the Marais will be difficult. Harry's New york Bar, on rue Daunou, was a favorite of American aviators in WW1, and all of the Luxe hotel bars in the first, like the Meurice, make a fine Martini (at NYC plus prices). As for Hemmingway, he drank everywhere, not just at the Ritz and Montparnasse, so you won't be able to escape him.

        1. There's the 'Experimental Cocktail Club' not too far away on 37 rue Saint Sauveur. I got into a very long and involved conversation there with the barman about the place and the appropriateness of a maraschino cherry in their Old-Fashioned - which was one of the best I've ever tasted. I think they take their cocktails seriously.

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            1. re: mangeur

              Pro, very much so. But not mashed up. The barman gave me the cherry in a separate glass as he didn't want to perform the act of sullying his drink himself.

            2. re: vielleanglaise

              I had a great drink there, called the Experience 1, I think. I like the atmosphere, although we increased the average age by many years.

            3. Let me add: how about good general neighborhood bars. Ok, they guy isn't a mixologist but the atmosphere is welcoming, de la bier. Once again, around the Marais.

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              1. re: Mr B.

                The Marais isn't really a neigbourhood anymore, but many things to many people.

                La Perle on the street of the same name is the bar of the fashion crowd.

                Le Progr├Ęs on the rue Vielle du Temple is nice- fashion crowd again, people from the nearby galleries.

                Not to far away there's the hip Popin on the rue Amelot.

                There's perhaps the only nice Irish bar in Paris, The Quiet Man (good movie) on the rue des Haudriettes, but perhaps it's odd to drink in an Irish bar in Paris.

                There's also lots and lots of gay bars.

                1. re: Mr B.

                  I second The Quiet Man as the best Irish bar, but not for a Martini or fancy drink, a fight might ensue.

                2. On our last trip to Paris we went to not a martini, which we did have each night but at our hotel, but a whiskey bar in the marais. I don't remember the name, it is a few doors from the Merci store on boulevard beaumarchais, very comfortable with couches, a bar, and lots of whiskey/scotch. I didn't have the whiskey so they must serve something else. The drinks came with potato chips, the staff was very friendly, and we spent pleasant hours there.