Le Bar du Plaza Athénée
Over the last 13 years, Le Bar du Plaza Athénée has become the place to meet in the capital – a coup largely due to Thierry Hernandez, who became manager of the bar in 2001, shortly after the Patrick Jouin’s first makeover. Inspired by the striking contemporary decor, the manager set about rethinking the cocktail menu in order to add even more surprise and innovation, while remaining in tune with the ambience of a bar much loved by Parisian high society. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have adopted a bold and creative approach to Le Bar, plunging guests into a distinctive and dreamlike atmosphere. The ceiling is hidden under an installation composed of wreaths of fabric whilst the oversized bar in transparent resin levitates within the space. As time passes, the contrast between the floor, the walls and ceiling fades away in an ingenious play of light. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have created a world in which time seems to stand still. A far cry from the conventional design of a hotel bar, the new Le Bar du Plaza Athénée invents a whole new language and promises an unprecedented experience. In harmony with the spirit of his new bar, Thierry Hernandez injected fresh energy into the menu,
concocting new textures, rethinking both the overall look and the service, in order to remain true to his philosophy of “maintaining a special relationship with clients.” Ordering has become even more interactive. The menu can be called up with a flash code, so that the client may read it immediately on their smartphone or telephone and then order their drink. Another major change, remarkable for a Palace, concerns the methods of consumption. Inspired by the “American way of life”, the cocktails now come in Small, Medium and Large. Three sizes for the same cocktail, but mixed in exactly the same way before the eyes of guests – not to mention those of the famous mixologist, who keeps a close watch on the quality of the preparations! While Le Bar du Plaza Athénée has become a chic and glamorous meeting place, it remains elegant and quintessentially Parisian, thanks to the impeccable service and attention paid to each client, irrespective of whether they are staying at the Hotel, and finally to the staff uniforms, complete with dinner jackets. Although it never drowns out the conversation, music plays an integral and ever-present role, thanks largely to a DJ five nights per week.
Le Bar du Plaza Athénée is open from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
A DJ is at the bar on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.