How about going out for an aperitivo? This Italian pre-dinner drink definitely won Paris and has become an unmissable thing to do when it comes to Parisian outings. The idea? A food and drink offering for the price of a glass. Sometimes, it can be an assortment of tapas given with the glass, or sometimes you can directly help yourself at the all-you-can-eat buffet where cheeses, cold cuts and others treats share top billing with each other.
If you want to let yourself be seduced by this concept, we have good news for you. A Thursday a month, Hôtel Grand Powers switches to aperitivo time but its way! By adopting the Italian way of life and suiting it to France, it unveils a mixed concept that we could call Aperitivo à la française. Let us explain why.
You comfortably seat at Café 52 set near the hall of the hotel. You discover a lounge where Belle Epoque and Art Déco mingle and give birth to a place as warm and elegant as a typically Parisian flat.
On the occasion the hotel invites a different musician every time who plays unplugged and we gladly enjoy this small private concert. We also enjoy this atmosphere both relaxed and elegant before focusing on the menu. There, we discover cocktails with appealing names such as Le Trésor or Le Jardin that are genuine surprises for the taste buds.
But what are these cocktails hiding behind such poetic names? Le Jardin is most of all based on freshness. Cucumber and jasmine tea, a pairing taking to other horizons where a southern wind blows.
As for Le Trésor, it’s a true mixologist work of art with a presentation worthy of its flavors. It arrives in a leather box and when you open it, a smoke with incense scents fills the air. A golden cocktail is here, this is our treasure! A harmonious blend of cinnamon, jalapeños and rum seducing spice lovers’ taste buds. The other big surprise is its price: €14. A very reasonable rate especially for the neighborhood.
But we promised you an aperitivo, so here’s what makes the difference: here, no buffet nor unique plate served along with our drink all along the night, tapas are directly served at your table, follow one another but don’t look the same. Appetizers, mini croque-monsieur, wasabi taramasalata, confit eggplants, fresh cherry tomatoes and even caviar: exceptional flavors as tasty as the cocktails.
All this, while enjoying a private concert and for the price of a drink. This is what an aperitivo at Hôtel Grand Powers looks like.
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
Hôtel Grand Powers
52 Rue François 1er
75008 Paris 8
Cocktail Trésor: 14 €