Just off Place de la Madeleine on Boulevard Malesherbes sits Le Forum, a modern Parisian take on the classic American cocktail bar. Recently nominated for a 2008 Spirit Award in the “Best Classic Cocktail Bar” category, Le Forum is a mixture of new and old, with a cosy environment full of wood panelling, comfortable chairs and ornate stucco brought up to date by the young crowd and hip french house music.
Their menu features an impressive list of spirits and an eclectic mixture of classic and more modern cocktails. My first drink was a Pisco Sour, a very well made cocktail complete with requisite egg white lending it a lovely texture in the mouth. It was topped with powdered cinnamon, a garnish I’ve heard of before for this drink but never tried. It worked nicely, and the only real disappointment was the bright red “maraschino” cherry at the bottom of the glass.
Continuing with the classic cocktail theme, my next drink was a Sazerac, which arrived complete with a metal spoon in the glass. Made with Sazerac rye and Un Emile absinthe, it was well made and very tasty, if a little sweeter than I am used to when I make my own.
My last drink of the evening was a tough choice, with so many interesting cocktails on the menu, but in the end I decided to treat myself to a simple glass of Havana Club 15 Year Old. Havana Club 7 Year Old was the first aged rum I ever tried, and still one I continue to enjoy, but the 15 year old was something else. Quite hot on the tongue, it was a complex and interesting sip. Not cheap, but certainly not unenjoyable either.
Service at Le Forum was excellent, with an attentive waiter and quickly served drinks. Combined with the tasty cocktails and the wide choice, I was very impressed. If you’re ever in Paris, Le Forum comes highly recommended.
Le Forum is located at 4, Blvd Malesherbes, Paris 75008 and open noon to 2am (Monday to Friday), 5:30pm to 2am (Saturday)
Tel: +33 (0)1 4265 3786
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