May 11, 2018
The legendary Hôtel Meurice, one of the most elegant hotels in Europe, has converted its library into the lavish Bar 228. It’s a spectacular space, revamped by Philippe Starck, all dark wood and smooth caramel-coloured leather seats with a magnificently dramatic hand-painted ceiling which depicts the evening sky and three massive murals by Lavalley of fetes at Chàteau de Fontainebleau on the walls, all cool blues and threaded with gold. It’s incredibly glamorous and striking to behold, opulent and theatrical, with a slightly clubby British vibe. The bar stocks more than 50 whiskies and malts which are served in distinctive crystal glasses specially produced by Riedel as well as a range of stylish cocktails, including their famous bellinis. There is a good array of cognacs and armagnacs, including some real rarities and of course a splendid range of champagnes. The specialty cocktail list includes the Meurice Millennium, a champagne cocktail created to commemorate the reopening of the hotel in 2000 made with champagne, rose liqueur, and Cointreau; the Starcky cocktail meanwhile is a delicious mix of champagne, fresh ginger and mint. Service is impeccable as you would expect from a hotel of this caliber and the bar snacks are a cut above. You’ll want to dress the part, of course. This maybe the time to give that Chanel an airing.
Main photo credits : Le Meurice official Website