In a city where new speakeasies are turned out quicker than freshly baked baguettes, it’s good to count on an old faithful. Ballroom Bar at The Beef Club has been an after-hours institution in the Les Halles district, since 2012.
Behind its enduring success? Experimental Group, the aficionados of the Parisian cocktail scene ever since Experimental Cocktail Club (located on nearby rue Montorgueil) revolutionised the field back in 2009.
At 58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an unassuming doorway next to the trendy steakhouse (The Beef Club), leads to a metal staircase and a series of long corridors before unveiling the inner belly: a collection of intimate seating areas with plush sofas and strategically-low lighting.
And while the setting is lavish, the contents of the glasses — bold, in-house recipes or timeless classics — are why this establishment has outlasted the rest.
The cocktails are amongst the best you’ll find in Paris.
Ballroom Bar at The Beef Club
58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 7.00pm
00 33 1 49 27 92 08