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Issue 99 - City of Light

Whisky Magazine Issue 99
October 2011


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City of Light

Paris by night has been unanimously praised in literature and travel guides.

You may all have done it, walk down the Champs-Elysées at Christmas time or sit on a bench at the end of l'Ile-Saint-Louis on a summer night, counting the “vedettes de Paris” which ceaselessly carry tourist crowds on their sightseeing cruises. But it is obviously more exciting to sip a whisky in one of these trendy bars which have flourished these in the last five years in the capital. Their recipe to take the yuppies to the end of the night? A cocktail of hip DJs, flashing lights and incredible drinks.

It is interesting to note that the more classic bars – they can also boast a legendary past – stay on the right bank of the Seine while the newest ones which thrive on cocktails and trendy drinks are located on the left bank. This is not surprising as “la rive droite” is the hub of business and luxury stores, hence attracting more mature people while “la rive gauche” has always been the student territory, and thus captivating younger generations, pretty broke but open to innovation.

Thierry Daniel, the organiser of the “Cocktails Spirits Salon” in Paris has founded a communication agency dedicated to spirits, Liquid Liquid. He is a regular of cocktails and whisky bars and knows all the hip bartenders. “The whisky bars have changed a lot these last years, he notes.

Besides the notorious historic bars like Harry's Bar or Le Forum, you find a new generation of bartenders who ar...

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