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December 3, 2012updated Dec 20, 2023

Hotel Le Bristol Paris Opens Le Bar du Bristol

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Maxime HoerthParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Luxury hotel Le Bristol Paris has officially opened Le Bar du Bristol. The opening completes a wide-ranging renovation program extending over the past three years, totalling $143 million (110 million Euros). Le Bar du Bristol has at its helm head barman Maxime Hoerth, last year awarded Best Barman and Craftsman in France by Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

Architect Pierre-Yves Rochon worked with Maja Oetker on the interior design, creating a blend of classic and modern. Standout features include a mural depicting a lush garden by French artist Thierry Bruet. The work was commissioned for Le Bar du Bristol and echoes the 1740 Aubusson tapestry by Charles Pinçon.

The interior design evokes an English club, closed off with thick silk curtains, and a wooden floor made of Versailles oak and 100-year-old natural pine paneling from Surrey, UK. Furnishings include ochre-colored winged armchairs and duck egg blue Rubelli wall seats, small English Petworth Chairs in red and blue Italian leather, Le Manach leopard-print fabric and House of Porto Romana Giacometti stools. Two bookcases flank the 19th-century marble fireplace and an 18th-century French mirror hangs behind the golden-colored granite bar.

Le Bristol CEO Didier Le Calvez said: “As the owner of the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden since 1923, the Oetker Group boasts over 90 years’ experience in the hotel business. This has enabled Le Bristol to become one of the best hotels in Paris since it was acquired by the Oetker family in 1978.”

Each month, Le Bar du Bristol will exhibit a rotating program of contemporary art to reflect the historic link between the art world and Le Bristol. Works will be shown on a screen in the bar from 9pm to 10.30pm, along with a selection of artists’ videos.

Le Bar du Bristol offers cuisine by Eric Frechon, head chef at Le Bristol’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Epicure. Highlights from the bar menu include Maki rolls with king crab and vegetables in spicy ketchup; tartines of salted and peppered potted duck foie gras; gambas tempura with ginger and coriander mayonnaise; chicken wings in satay sauce; Pata Negra ham; Comté and Emmental cheese straws; and Parmesan shortbread. The drinks menu will include Maxime Hoerth’s own cocktails, such as the Bristol Old Fashioned N°1 and the Heartbreaker.

Le Bar du Bristol is open seven days a week from 5pm to 2am, with DJs providing music Thursday to Saturday from 9.30pm to 1.30am.

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