Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
This is the kind of place where a longhorn skull looms over the room (the hint of Mexicana that litters the décor reinforced by a scattering of small Virgin Mary statues watching you calmly while you drink), a pinball machine flickers in the corner and a framed photo of Dennis Hopper in full-on-crazy mode sits proudly on the bar. Having established itself as a lively if low key venue, the Red House is now taking things to the next level. To this end they’ve ramped up the cocktail list to include some inventive and intriguing drinks, although some of them are have names we can’t repeat on this website, so we’ll just single out the less rudely labelled ones: the Doomsday Cocktail features a killer combo of Jack Daniels and Laphroaig (mystery ingredients being ‘spice and hell’) or try the Not Buttered Rum, which includes black tea syrup. The menu changes seasonally, so feel free to ask what’s good (or go for one of the seasonally variable Old-Fashioneds). There’s also, unsurprisingly, a decent range of spirits (especially tequilas) on offer. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and the cocktails are great value. The place gets packed out on weekends, bodies pressed against each other, music pounding, people drinking and dancing into the night but that’s all part of the appeal. There are DJ sets, tequila nights and occasional theme nights or events, so it’s worth checking out in advance what they have lined up. This is a fun place to hang out made even more appealing by the impressive drinks.