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Bar Hemingway
15 Place Vendôme, 1st
This moody, leather-accented bar is famous for being an old haunt of so many Paris creatives—in addition to Hemingway himself, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Gary Cooper were all regulars. Legend has it that Marcel Proust ordered a cold beer from here on his deathbed. Today, the watering hole maintains its reputation with a world-class bar program by Colin Peter Fields, who's a celebrity in his own right at this point. You're in great hands with Fields no matter your order, but do keep in mind that they all err on the stiff side (just as Hemingway would have wanted it).
Carmen
34 Rue Duperré, 9th
A wildly ornate bas-relief ceiling—moodily lit by Versailles-worthy chandeliers—actually is not the first indication that this isn't your average bar (that would be the gigantic birdcage at the entrance). Occupying the former mansion of composer Georges Bizet (hence the name, Carmen), this Pigalle-based club gets particularly busy around Fashion Week, when any number of designers host their after-parties here. While DJs play until 4am on weekends, the space hosts more civilized affairs, too: For example, the literary magazine A Tale of Three Cities uses it to hold a monthly bookclub.
Hoxton Hotel Bar
30-32 rue du Sentier, 2ème
Rivié, our favorite of the two bars in The Hoxton, has a wonderful brasserie, a lovely outdoor garden, and scattered here and there, relaxing little nooks with armchairs and nice lighting. But never mind-skip all that. Head straight for the bar. The bar bar. Settle into the velvet barstool, order a glass of Billecart-Salmon (a rosé champagne) or, depending on your day, a dirty martini. The staff is friendly, the vibe is chill, and as evening slips into night, remember only two very important words: truffle fries.
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