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62, rue Mazarine (6th Arr.)
(33) 01-53-10-19-99 | www.alcazar.fr
RESERVATIONSOnly permitted if dining
DOOR POLICYFairly relaxed, but must look sharp
PRICE (COCKTAILS; CHAMPAGNE (GLASS); SET BAR DINNER)EUR 12; EUR 14; EUR 25
SIGNATURE DRINKCocktails; champagne
BARYes - chic zinc bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - light hors d'oeuvres; classic French mains; dessert
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Though it started out as an exclusive 17th century tennis court, this Latin Quarter property degenerated over the centuries from chichi to proletarian and downright seedy before being restored by restaurant czar Terence Conran back to a pleasure garden for the city’s most moneyed residents. Down in the airy ground floor dining room, suited types nibble on très sophistiqué French fare, while up on the overlooking mezzanine a younger version of the upscale clientele lolls about on heaps of cushions, sips potent cocktails, and sways to a sultry soundtrack of lounge tunes. Later in the evening, once the diners have retreated, things take a turn for the festive with a trendy DJ, a lively scene at the curvy zinc bar, and even a bit of stylish dancing.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Trendy smart casual; we’d go with a sexy (yet refined) little cocktail dress and sassy heels.
GO HERE WITH
The girls; a date; colleagues or clients
Well heeled; mix of bankers with loosened ties, suave hipsters, and fashion industry insiders.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Early in the evening, this is a great spot for a chilled-out drink and people watching. When we’re in the mood for partying, the DJed “musical soirées” (Wednesdays to Saturdays) are one of our top picks.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Service (comme toujours in Paris’s fashionable spots) can be snooty.
GOOD TO KNOW
The set bar menu is a good deal if you want a light meal–it offers one main and one drink for EUR 25. The mezzanine and restaurant can both be hired for conferences, breakfast events, and (this being Paris) fashion shows. Also, like other nightlife hotspots around town (Hotel Costes, Buddha Bar), La Mezzanine de L’Alcazar puts out its own CDs of lounge tunes, so you can take the party with you wherever you go.
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