The venue: Saint James is one of the most secretive hotels in Paris, an imposing mansion located on a square in the 16th arrondissement. During lunchtime, its wonderful garden and restaurant are reserved for members of its ultra-private gentlemen's club (politicians, businessmen, actors, etc.). But from 7pm, this hidden castle in the heart of Paris opens its doors to the general public. However, you need to know the secret! What we love is sitting on the terrace facing the pergola, enjoying a fabulous cocktail prepared at the bar, which is nestled in a sublime library worthy of Beauty and the Beast.
On the menu: For an elegant drink that will impress your significant other, we particularly enjoyed the Kumquat Bellini-style cocktail (Aperol, amber rum, verjus, kumquat, blonde beer, €26) or the Pere & Nocciole, a smooth and indulgent Manhattan (rye whisky, poached pear, hazelnut orgeat, €26). Accompany your drinks with a cheese or charcuterie plate (€19-18) and a pâté en croûte (€26).
Saint James is open to the public for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 7:30pm to 10pm by reservation, and the bar is open from 7pm to 11:30pm. Located at 5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer, Paris 16th.