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Friday, October 30, 2009

Quickie: Doudingue

24, Rue Durantin
75018 Paris
Tel : 01 42 54 88 08

Well, you can’t find the good spots without hitting a few downers. Recently, before heading to dinner with a couple of friends at Table d’Eugene (which I recommend!), we stopped into Doudingue for a pre-dinner drink. My friend had suggested the place and after a quick peek on the internet, I thought that it looked promising.

Their cocktail menu is divided into ‘martinis’ and classics (with the usual Paris fare) all at 9 Euros each. I ordered the Dean Martini (gin & vermouth – so pretty much a martini). My Gordon’s and Martini Dry (including a plastic straw and lime garnish) sat for too long on the bar while they attended to other things and then made my friend’s cocktail.

Neither of our cocktails tickled our fancy, so I won’t be heading back here for further “research”. But, I guess that’s to be expected from a bar pushing vodka and Red Bull at 13 Euros as one of their specialties.

The décor is laid back boho and it’s situated in a lively area of Montmartre. Perhaps it’s a better stop for a glass of wine or a coffee. But, as far as the cocktails go, empty promises.

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