Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
Le Barberousse is named for the famous buccaneer Redbeard, and entering this nautical-themed bar feels just like venturing into a pirate’s drinking den. The piece de resistance is a 10 metre long bar, complete with wooden pillars carved with images of mermaids and Poseidon. Behind it flagons hang from old rope, antique maps decorate the walls and the lighting is provided by lanterns. Despite being located in the heart of the French capital, within yards of the Pompidou Centre, any old sea dog who washed up here would feel more than at home. They would also feel very at home with the vast selection of rums available. The house rums are infused with fruits and spices and aged for two to three weeks to ensure they slip down like silk – and with shooters priced at three euros they certainly will. On top of this the bar stocks around 50 different varieties of the spirit, including light, dark, gold, flavoured and spiced, and some world-class labels. Rum-based cocktails are also available. And if the choice is just too much the friendly bar staff are happy to guide you to the perfect tipple. The bar is part of a chain, with around a dozen more locations throughout France. But with rum this good we won’t hold that against them.