Les Caves du Roy, St. Tropez
Avenue Paul Signac
Tel: 33 4 94 56 68 16
Concierge.com's insider take:
If there's an institution that sums up why the French refer to St. Tropez as "St. Trop" (trop meaning "too much"), it's this flashy Studio 54 throwback, which has been the nexus of the partying crowd since the 1970s. The wall-to-wall mirrors, electric palm trees, and disco balls hail from that decade, too, but a 2008 face-lift updated the banquettes, wall upholstery, bathrooms, and entryway. Boldface names, including Beyoncé, Diddy, and George Clooney, still swing by, along with Botoxed beauties ranging in age from 16 to 60 and playboys with wallets big enough to drop $3,400 on a magnum of Cristal. About four times a season, someone will order a $140,000 limited-edition bottle of Dalmanazar Byblos by Perrier-Jouët, complete with diamond keepsake by Van Cleef & Arpels. The appreciative crowd (sometimes including whole families) arrives ramped up and ready to boogie to house, hip-hop, and the occasional bit of perplexing French rap offered by Jack E., the rotund house DJ. Since people line up for hours outside in high season, and even pretty people get turned away with some regularity, look your best (or book a room at the Hôtel Byblos, to which Les Caves du Roy is attached). The regular doormen tell us that behavior in line does count: One unruly, already-drunk friend could ruin your chances. And don't forget your AmEx Black Card.
Open daily midnight to 5 am, July and August; weekends mid-April through June and September through mid-October.