Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, Paris
Tel: 33 1 53 67 66 00
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Alma-Marceau
Concierge.com's insider take:
When Patrick Jouin (protégé of design diva Phillipe Starck) introduced a bar carved in glass to look like ice in the cleverly renovated Plaza Athénée, it began drawing in a megawatt crowd of local politicos and media types. The bar, like the hotel, also plays home-away-from-home to the international fashion pack, creating pouty mayhem during the défilés. They love it as much for its strategic location just off the Champs-Élysées as for its inventive cocktails, such as the Rose Royale, a lip-staining pure fruit twist on the Kir, made of Champagne and fresh raspberry purée.
Open nightly 6 pm to 2 am.