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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday Night Cocktail Adventure: Le Baiser Salé

Le Baiser Salé
58, rue des Lombards
75001 Paris
Tél : 01 42 33 37 71

I love a good dive bar. I don't know if le Baiser Salé would really be considered one, but the night I went there it had a few of the key elements that make a place divey for me: mediocre to crappy drinks, a strange mixture of clients (including the obligatory unsavory ones) and dark a ambiance punctuated with red lights.

Le Baiser Salé is located in a little pocket of Paris close to the Pompidou that is busting with bars, cafes and pedestrians. Predominantly a jazz club, it's held its own here for over 20 years offering up concerts, including evenings with a Cuban, African or Antillean twist to the music. A good number of predominate names have passed through here. However, I wasn't there to listen to jazz, so I remained in the small downstairs bar for drinks.

With no vermouth in the bar, a martini was out of the question. Instead I ordered (a bit unusual for me) a Bloody Mary. I got a smallish glass of vodka and tomato juice with a bottle of Tabasco and shaker of celery salt on the side. All in all, it was a lame Bloody Mary. I made my second round bartender's choice and received some kind of vodka and orange soda concoction. The barman was very excited about it, so I take it it's a big seller here. Matthieu had a bit of a cold and asked the barman to recommend something to help him feel less under the weather. He got a glass of Clément rhum agricole neat.

While I wasn't impressed with the drinks, the bartender was nice enough and enthusiastically brought out several different rhum agricoles for Matt to try after he commented on his drink. I like the island bar set up and the fact that place stays open until 6am. The prices are a bit steep for such below par drinks at somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 - 12 Euros. But overall, I enjoyed the somewhat seedy feel of the place. I'll not be returning for cocktails, but it's an interesting stop for something easy like a beer or coffee.

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Blogger Life On Planet Patricia said...

Between you and Cedric over at Paris 2e, I get a lovely Paris fix whenever I need one. I can't wait to try some of these places on my next trip over - OK, maybe not this partiular one. My hunt is for the perfect Manhattan. Who was it who said it's not the result but the journey that's important.

January 9, 2009 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Forest said...

glad to know someone gets some fun out the blog! Like yours, too!

I think you'll find Curio Parlor does a damn good manhattan. I'm sure experimental does, too, although I've never ordered one there.

Also, Mama Shelter, which I'll post on later has a lot of good classics on their menu and the head bartender is very into his drinks, so I wouldn't be surprized if they'd do you right as well.

here's to the journey! :)

January 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

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