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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Snow Globe Cocktail Adventures: Hilton Bubble Bar

Hilton Arc de Triomphe Bubble Bar
51 rue de Courcelles
75008 Paris

For some festive fun, the Hilton Arc de Triomphe has installed a Tattinger sponsored ephemeral champagne bar in their courtyard. From 1 December to 15 January guests can enjoy swank sipping inside a snow globe.

In this unseasonably warm winter, faux snow and Christmas trees add a welcome holiday feel. Within, it's a white, light, bright winter wonderland. Fake fur throws cover ample sofas and warming rugs are tucked beneath each table in case you need something extra cozy under which to snuggle.

For this type of operation, I appreciate the simplicity of the one and only drinking option: Champagne. There are three choices: Tattinger Brut Reserve (20 Euros), Tattinger Rose (21 Euros) or Tattinger Brut Millesime (28 Euros). For a few Euros extra, add on the "bulle fraicheur" (barsnack in a ball.) On my visit the bulle was a bread stick wrapped in a thin slice of duck breast on a generous mound of mascarpone dip.

The space holds a maximum of 35 guests at a time and has a no-reservations policy. Going at opening (18h00) means you'll enjoy the place in relative peace. Later it gets livelier with larger groups - and more fun with sound. The acoustics of the bubble are those of a whispering gallery: every conversation is amplified and sounds moves about the space in strange ways. Friendly doormen carefully monitor entries and exits via the two door system to make sure one door remains closed at all times. Apparently if both doors are open at once, the dome deflates!

So, if you need a holiday spirit hit, this is it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

An absolute must - thanks for the review!

December 8, 2011 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Forest said...

Milla: i think you'll like it if you get a chance to go.

December 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger I Heart Paris said...

I love snow globes! This is such a great idea - thanks for the tip off!

December 8, 2011 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger EC said...

Oh man, this is so NEAT! Gotta go before I head home for the holidays! Thanks for the post!

December 8, 2011 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger Murissa Maurice said...

This would be a lot of fun!
The duck sounds delicious too.

The Wanderfull Traveler

December 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger --UtahMixologist said...

Sounds great, and I'll be in paris soon. I hate to seem naive, but are those prices per glass or per bottle?

December 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Forest said...

UtahMixologist: not naive at all - you never know and sometimes it's hard to tell with Paris prices! :) That's per glass. You'll generally pay around 20+ for a glass of champagne in an upscale hotel in Paris. In regular bars or restos you can pay between 10 to 15. However, for wine, you can easily find bottles at those prices of around 20. Don't hesitate if you have other questions in your planning for your Paris visit. Always happy to help!

December 9, 2011 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Thebestinparis said...

I'm planning to try it right before Christmas so good to read your review beforehand ;) I loved their Christmas "chalet" bar last year with Russian dancers & music.

December 13, 2011 at 4:41 AM  
Anonymous J. said...

Wow, what an amazing place this sounds like! Thanks for reviewing it!

December 17, 2011 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Ysabelle said...

this is a great place to go this Christmas! it looks wonderful and magical place.

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December 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM  

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