The famous bar of a thousand stories. The place for discerning Parisians to settle down amongst the deep leather armchairs and discreet conversation and lose themselves in our nightly live jazz.
“It feels like home”, says William Oliveri of Bar 288 at Le Meurice. The muted décor, comfortable leather armchairs and beautiful Lavalley frescoes, which date back to 1905, have been the backdrop to his working life nearly 40 years.
Sicilian by birth, William earned his reputation in Europe’s grandest palaces before taking his position at the historic panelled bar, which has hosted crowned heads from all over the world. Warm and welcoming, he speaks several languages including Russian.
William is only the fourth bartender over the past century at Bar 228. When it comes to loyal clients, he practises discretion, alluding to the eccentricities of habitués such as Salvador Dalí, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Claudia Cardinale and Sofia Loren. He describes his role as, “”I am a confidant, a confessor and host all at once””.
He is also a true professional who believes that each client deserves a personal welcome – and a custom cocktail to go with it. Among his successful creations, one can find his famous Bellini, now renowned all over Paris; ‘The Starcky’, created in honour of the designer Philippe Starck who redesigned the bar; and the ‘JCDC’ created for the famous French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac.
Designed to be remembered
Philippe Starck has refreshed the famously beautiful room with a brand new Carrara marble bar counter and flashes of pink copper, brass and stainless steel. The dark woods, frescoes and painted ceiling remain, as does the intimate, exclusive atmosphere and wonderful service.
If Restaurant Le Dalí provides the theatre of the social, Bar 228 is its opposing balance. Tucked away from the eyes of the world this is a room to sink into, let your eyes adjust to the sultry lighting and hear little but the murmurings of jazz and low conversation.
12pm – 1am
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Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli
+33 (0)1 44 58 10 66
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