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Corrina Allen-Kiersons

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Corrina Allen-Kiersons is a Toronto-based travel, film and pop culture writer who has covered destinations ranging from Texas to Turkey. She’d happily live in a hotel full-time… if it wasn’t for her 90lb dog.

After a day exploring the City of Lights, it’s essential to have a place to hang out, make friends and indulge in a libation or two before bedtime — all the better if that place happens to be just a short elevator ride from your hotel room. In Paris, a vibrant cocktail culture is alive on every corner and hotels have stepped up their game to compete. Here are five hotel bars that have seriously impressed us.

The Shell bar at Grands Boulevards hotel in Paris (courtesy of Grands Boulevards)
The Shell bar at Grands Boulevards hotel in Paris (courtesy of Grands Boulevards)

THE SHELL AT GRANDS BOULEVARDS

Bartenders go to work serving up a seasonal menu of innovative drinks from a gorgeous, art deco bar. The Winter Colada brings a summery splash of rum to a cold weather cocktail that warms from the inside with maple, pumpkin, cinnamon and almond flavors. It goes perfectly with the cozy interior and speakeasy feel of the bar, a member of Paris’ groundbreaking Experimental Cocktail Club.

The hip bar at Mama Shelter Paris hotel
The hip bar at Mama Shelter Paris (photo courtesy of Mama Shelter Paris East)

THE BAR AT MAMA SHELTER PARIS EAST

Mama Shelter Paris East’s bar space is like a super hip campus pub where the entire world’s young and cool crowd hangs out in a casual atmosphere that features foosball tables, graffitied ceilings and a neon green performance space that hosts local bands. Behind the bar, there’s a bit of everything including beers from across the globe and the house’s very on-brand Mama Loves You cocktail, a mix of vodka, apricot brandy and cranberry juice.

The Library Bar at St. James Paris hotel
The Library Bar at St. James Paris hotel

THE SAINT JAMES LIBRARY BAR

The elegant Library Bar draws a sophisticated (read: not in their twenties) crowd there to sip the Saint James’ selection of champagne cocktails and extensive list of whiskeys including a range from Japan. The Saint James is part hotel, part private members club and the bar is only open to the public during evening hours. Check the opening hours before you go, but know that the bar makes a trip to Paris’ 16th arrondissement well worth it.

The tres chic Rivie Bar at Hoxton Paris hotel (photo courtesy of The Hoxton Paris)
The tres chic Rivie Bar at Hoxton Paris hotel (photo courtesy of The Hoxton Paris)

THE HOXTON’S RIVIE

With the opening of each new Hoxton hotel, the franchise ups its style game while still offering the same friendly and attentive service. Not to be outdone, the international crowd at the Rivié provides some serious competition for the chic local set, perching atop aquamarine velvet bar stools sipping craft cocktails like La Bulle Normande, a blend of rosé cider, cherry liqueur and grapefruit.

Hotel Amour’s airy Love Bar in Paris (photo courtesy of Hotel Amour)

THE LOVE BAR AT HOTEL AMOUR

The veranda bar at Hotel Amour in the Pigalle neighborhood is one of those rare hotel hangouts that regularly brings in a big crowd of locals. Credit goes to the bar’s charming covered courtyard, perfect snacks, and unique list of signature cocktails. Order Le Fruit du Desir, which blends apple and rhubarb with hibiscus… and that most crucial element—vodka.

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