Experimental Cocktail Club, Paris
Tel: 33 1 45 08 88 09
Metro: Étienne Marcel or Réaumur Sébastopol
Concierge.com's insider take:
Those who seek shall find: Only a gold plaque on an unobtrusive facade off the bustling pedestrian Rue Montorgueil will confirm that you've arrived at the Experimental Cocktail Club. As the name suggests, this is one of the best places in Paris for cocktails, both classic and signature. House favorites include the Experience #1, an elixir of elder flower, basil, lemongrass, vodka, and lemon, and the rum-based Old Cuban, a mixture of mint, lime, ginger, Champagne, and bitters (from $14.50). The ambience is Roaring Twenties with a swing vibe, and the good-looking clientele really dresses for the occasion. Expect a crowd around 2 am, when other bars in the area close. In November 2009, a Left Bank outpost called Le Prescription Cocktail Club opened at 23 Rue Mazarine in the sixth.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 7 pm to 2 am (until 4 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Thursdays).