May 11, 2018
Opened by a quartet of well-travelled cocktail enthusiasts, the popular Maria Loca, located just off Bastille, has rapidly established itself as a key player in Paris’ blossoming cocktail scene. The place already has a devoted following of young French hipsters attracted by the quirky décor slowly rotating fans hanging from a wood panelled ceiling, bird cage lamps, plastic plants and an array of exciting bottles housed in a range of crates behind the bar and the attractively laid-back vibe.
This relaxed attitude doesn’t extend to the cocktails these drinks are smart, inventive and very of the moment, incorporating unusual ingredients like balsamic vinegar reductions and Tonka beans into the mix. The team are well versed on global cocktail trends and it shows in the drinks they’ve dreamed up, their menu of a dozen or so house creations offering a pleasing range of choice from more accessible drinks to more challenging concoctions. Prices are reasonable to given the quality of the drinks. They have regular jazz nights and other events and the atmosphere is cool and lively without being too pleased with itself making Maria Loca an exciting oasis of creativity in a part of town where the drinking options can often by rather run-of-the-mill.
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