Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sipping on Saturday: The Artful Cocktails of the Art Room

Paris is trendy city so it comes with no surprise that trendy new hotspots are popping up all over the place to entice locals and visitors alike.

Now I love a wonderful coupe de champagne (blanc de blanc if possible), but my New York city days still make me a cocktail gal and my quest for a cocktail that wows me, lives on and prospers.

Not too long ago while searching for a place to have drinks with some of my favorite ladies I stumbled upon The Art Room which opened this year and was given a mention in a fabulous recently started French magazine dedicated to everything Paris, Vivre Paris!

In a small narrow street in Paris' 2nd district is this three level, intimate, chic bar ready to be discovered. The music is electro-pop, the interior is a slick design with cozy nooks here and there. It was surprisingly smaller than I had expected so I was thankful it wasn't packed on the night we chose to go. You do have a bit more room downstairs where there is a second bar for when it gets really busy but if you want to watch the magic happen it is on the main floor.

The concept is simple, Cocktails straight out of the kitchen not the bottle. The cocktails are based on a culinary approach marrying flavors together from fruit to spices rather than use processed mixes of sometimes astonishing color.

Now I had also read that they had a tasty foods to accompany the cocktail experience but for some reason that night I decided to pack a bag of chips just in case. I was grateful for my foresight as apparently there was a bit of a snafu in the kitchen that night and they had no food. The staff was very attentive and the manager even offered me a bowl for my chips when I politely asked him if he would mind if we ate them. This was a definite plus. I'm sure by now all is sorted with the food situation so you need not fear getting to tipsy with these magical potions.

The cocktails are listed as secrets from 1 to 16 and include all sorts of fresh ingredients straight out of a chef's pantry.

Between us ladies we tried #s 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 11.

Being a lover of Tequila my favorite was #11 "L'after Tripalium" With Tequila infused with chilies, passion fruits, other exotic fruits, and smoked chipotle.

Another big winner was #2 "Théoréme de la Convoistise" - Vodka, Raspberry, Lime, & mint. Yummy!

And for those who love speculoos, you have to try #6 which drinks like a dessert in a glass. 

Not all the drinks were a big hit. Number 8 was a bit odd with the cilantro in it. But once removed was OK.

So be sure to check out the Art Room the next time you're in Paris.

Also read Forest's take on it "Dandy Cocktail Adventures: The Art Room"

At the end we were offered a sharing experience with straws and a "liquid light show from the bartender". That last drink was a bit too medicinal for my liking but overall it was a great evening and a place I would definitely recommend and return to.

The Art Room
13 rue Tiquetonne
75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 33 04 86
Cocktails from 12-18 euros

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