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Swing into Summer at the Best Parisian Pop-Ups

by Lianna Bass Ah, summertime in Paris is a magical affair. After a long winter, it’s almost time to break out the sunglasses and head over to one of the city’s best hot spots. Every year, pop-up terrace bars take center stage in city’s nightlife and hangout scenes. This summer, we all have a lot to look forward to with these fabulous and diverse pop-up bars and venues. Monsieur MoucheIt’s back! The brainchild of Benjamin Roussel in cooperation with the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches, this exciting rooftop cocktail bar can be found floating on the Seine in the 8th arrondissement. Monsieur Mouche pays tribute to famous Parisian ship owner and philanthropist Alphonse Gaston Mouche, who explored the globe in search of the world’s rarest alcohol. The spirit of adventure and debauchery is alive and well. Monsieur Mouche promises you refreshing cocktails, a welcoming spirit and incredible views of the Seine and Eiffel Tower.  Port de la Conférence, Pont de l’Alma, 75008 Paris Ground ControlGround Control is back and more impressive than ever before. A major …

How to Actually Enjoy Tequila

There is something special about the ritualistic nature of drinking tequila. Licking your hand, sprinkling little grains of crunchy salt in anticipation. Again and again we throw back shots, wince, and repeat. The flavor hits your tongue like a sudden bolt of either magic or poison, depending on your taste buds. Maybe you suck on a lime wedge to instantly singe out the taste of the drink. That being said, many of us don’t know how to truly appreciate the drink. Many don’t know how to sip, savour and appreciate the complex distillery process or they don’t know how to process the aromatics and depth of flavor. Here is the best ways to enjoy tequila! A Brief HistoryMany people are drinking nail polish remover-grade tequila, which is often why it gets a bad rap. It’s good to know the history and production process of the drink to have a better appreciation. The spirit we now know as tequila is over 200-years-old, but similar spirits have been around for a lot longer. A similar concoction was …

Prosecco in Paris: Top 15 Bars for Bubbly

Sometimes regarded as the poor man’s champagne, prosecco is finally getting its due. The sparkling white’s popularity has surged exponentially across the globe over the last five years, extending far beyond its Veneto, Italy origins. While it has popped up in countless bars across the city of lights, these are the top 15 bars to enjoy prosecco in Paris. 1. Bar à ChampagneThe absolutely perfect location for those who “big or go home.” This bar is situated at the top of the Eiffel Tower. While on the pricier side, it is an experience of a lifetime. Sip on an exquisite glass of prosecco as you breathe in the best view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris 2. Chez GeorgesSince 1952, Chez Georges in Odéon has been an institution. Brimming with charm, you can enjoy a lovely glass of prosecco and a wide variety of other wines. In the day, immerse yourself in classic French ambiance and take part in a game of chess. Boogie the …

The 7 Best Spots for Coffee Cocktails in Paris

While famous for cafés, Paris has never been known for its thriving coffee house culture. Thankfully, the city has finally embraced the artisanal coffee movement, and bars are taking notice. These venues are serving up standout cocktail experiences, infusing java flavour into amazing drinks. Here are the 7 best places for coffee cocktails in Paris. 1. Les Fauves, MontparnasseLes Fauves, a néo-bistrot nestled in Montparnasse, makes a killer cup of coffee. Finish off a decadent meal – like a juice cheeseburger and chocolate lava cake – with their luscious Espresso Martini. Made with Skyy Vodka, Bolivian espresso and cane sugar syrup, it’s a knockout. 33 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris 2. Park Hyatt Vendome Bar, Le LouvreA short walk from the Louvre, this sleek bar is tucked inside of the [Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Hotel. Sweet with some heat, their Tijuana Sizzle is a tangy Mezcal-based drink. The cocktail boasts subtle coffee notes which flow beautifully with pepper syrup, apricot, ginger and lime. 5 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris 3. Candelaria, Le MaraisCandelaria is a …

Lulu White: New Orleans Flare in Pigalle

Lulu White stands out from the other line of bars on the increasingly trendy Rue Frochot in Pigalle. The bar is inspired by real life New Orleans legend, the madame of notorious brothel Mahogany Hall during Louisiana’s Storyville period at the turn of the 20th century. Like its sister Little Red Door, you won’t find a sign on the door here. Its dark, discrete façade hints at its old-school speakeasy theme. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a neon light depicting Lulu White herself. You turn the corner are instantly struck by how surprisingly elegant this tiny treasure is. But don’t worry, despite its killer cool vibes, the staff is nothing but friendly and unpretentious. They take their time to help you pick out the best cocktail based on your taste. An ode to New Orleans, jazz musicians play live almost every night. They do switch it up, however, with an eclectic playlist. Expect the likes of everything from The Strokes and Howlin’ Wolf to French electronic. The jazzy backdrop adds flavour …

Top 8 Beer Gardens in Paris

You don’t have to venture to Germany for a great beer garden experience. The city of lights is giving Oktoberfest a run for its money. There are plenty of outdoor venues where you can enjoy hundreds of varieties of beers from across the globe. Here are the top 8 beer gardens in Paris. 1. KIEZ BiergartenTransport yourself to good ole’ Deutschland at this house of delectable delights. In addition to the large, creative space, they serve up frothy beers by the stein at reasonable rates. Located in the increasingly popular 17th near Guy Môquet, the also have a great menu of German classics such as curry wurst, pretzels and apple strudel.  24 Rue Vauvenargues, 75018 Paris 2. In the GardenA great array of craft beers and their cheaper alternatives, In The Garden is an exciting Roquette bar located a short walk from the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. Great rock music and cool clientele gives it a slight anarchist vibe. Stop on in for a pint and a laugh. 39 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris 3. Point …

6 Best Salsa Spots in Paris

In recent years, Latin American culture has swept over Paris, adding flavour and heat to the city of lights. Embrace the Latin wave with an energetic night of salsa dancing. An upbeat and rhythmic style of dance, salsa can be enjoyed all year round, especially when cocktails are involved. Here are the seven best salsa bars in Paris.