Speakeasy


Gentlemen 1919 bar verified

Paris

4.6 / 5

Feb 25, 2019

Don’t be put off by the barbershop when you reach Gentlemen 1919, just follow the friendly directions to the elegant cocktail bar via a darkened hallway. Speakeasy vibes abound. In fact, the bar is named after the year prohibition started in the United States and fittingly the bar is tucked away on a quiet street in the upmarket 8th arrondissement, close to the Champs-Elysées.

Discretion is the name of the game here and the gently-worn Chesterfield furniture harks back to a different era. The charcoal walls and soft lighting create an intimate cocoon effect, and there is a quiet jazzy soundtrack to accompany it all. If you’re after rowdy then look elsewhere. No, this is the place to drink among friends in a relaxed and classy setting. There’s even a cigar cabinet with adjoining smoking room if it takes your fancy, and the cocktail menu was designed to pair around this old boys’ club pastime.

 

 

No detail is too small at Gentlemen 1919 – a phone charger, table service and complimentary nibbles – there is perfectionism everything they do. Kevin Govindin, the head bartender, oversees it all with speed and a charming smile. When I declare that I’m ready for another cocktail, he whips up a creation sur mesure in just a few seconds. It has the look of a cappuccino with its cocoa-dusted topping but underneath lies tequila and hints of lemon and pear, living up to my demand for something a little sour after the bar’s signature Old Fashioned. And if you need a little bite to eat there are charcuterie and cheese boards, or even freshly made focaccia pizzas. Perfection.

Bar founder, Maxime Simonneau, had a simple goal when he opened Gentlemen 1919 – pleasure with exceptional products. Well, mission accomplished, the welcome is warm, the drinks are even better. It’s this luxe ambiance that attracts regulars and newcomers alike. This is a grown up’s playground.

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