May 11, 2018
Located centrally, in close proximity to the US Embassy, this sophisticated, well-established cocktail bar is elegant, yes, but also pleasingly relaxed. Owner Gunter Windhorst runs a tight ship. The space is small but attractive with built-in banquette seating running around the grey-walled room. The dark wooden cabinets and drawers give it the feel of an apothecary and there’s a gleaming bronze ceiling above. Pictures of jazz singers adorn the otherwise plain walls and while there’s a decent scattering of small round tables at which to sit the best seats in the house are definitely those at the bar. This is where the magic really happens. Grab a perch and watch as the talented bar tenders whip you up your cocktail of choice. These guys know their stiuff. The menu is an impressive object, a thing of beauty, a thick, hardback affair spanning some 52-pages. Drinks are both classic and contemporary, all lovingly made with quality ingredients, including fresh juices, house infusions and so forth. Their take on the Vieux Carre is an exemplary drink: strong, straight, complex. Jazz and Latin tunes play in the background (the owner has an impressive vinyl collection) and the atmosphere is grown up, stylish yet unforced, the drinks the real stars of the show.