Bye Bye Hemingway Bar

Photo: Franck Ferville/Agence

I’m sad to hear that The Hemingway bar, one of my favorite cocktail bars is closing its doors (at least for now) and like I mention in past posts one of my top five bartenders Colin Field is also moving on. With 18 years working at this bar Colin became an institution in Paris making this place the city’s pre-eminent watering hole.

Paris is traditionally more of a wine and Champagne capital than a hub of mixed-drink innovation. Patrons at the city’s cafes sip wine and munch peanuts, seated in rickety chairs facing the street. The Hemingway Bar, by contrast, is a much more intimate scene. It only has room for 34 people and is adorned with the writer’s rifle and other memorabilia. But despite being unlike other Parisian bars, it has been the center of the city’s cocktail culture since it reopened in 1994 after a near decadelong hiatus, thanks to Mr. Field’s original drinks.” via WSJ

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