Looking for your next neighborhood haunt in Paris? Boasting an upscale casual ambiance Ã la New Yorkaise with 1-euro oysters, a comprehensive cocktail and wine list, and a Brooklyn-style brew on tap, Le Mary Celeste is a good place to start.
All that might sound like a lot to ask for in one place but not if you turn to the Candelaria/Glass cocktail quartet: Adam, Carina, Carlos and Haan, who seem to have a gift for coming up with places that serve easily sippable drinks in an atmosphere suitable for a variety of soirÃ©es, depending on what you’re looking for.
Letâ€™s examine the possibilities:
- You’ve had a hell of a day at work, and you need to imbibe some liquor-heavy cocktails with your colleagues surrounded by other 20- to 30-somethings also in need of a pick-me-up in the midst of their metro-boulot-dodo routine. Props to the barman for the Rain Dog concoction made with Bourbon Four Roses.
- You’re all out of ideas for where to take your latest fling, and you want to exponentially increase your chances of scoring thanks to the unfailing combination of a smooth bottle of white and imported oysters (can you say aphrodisiac?)
- You want to post up at the bar with an old friend who you haven’t seen in ages and reminisce on what you’ve been doing with your weekends or what you wish you hadn’t done, while munching on the requisite salty accompaniments. And bonus: instead of the usual planche de charcuterie or fromage, you have a more exotic spread to choose from, including beef jerky, spicy kimchi, pickled Jerusalem artichokes, and Chinese crÃªpes, among others.
- Or maybe, you’re just looking for your next go-to place with faces old and new (many likely to be those of loyal Candelaria/Glass patrons), where you can get to know the team behind the rising cocktail empire in a change of scenery from its previous ventures: sleek wood tables, stone walls, large, airy windows, and big plans for an open terrace once the weather warms up again.
Regardless, you’re not going to find 1-euro oysters elsewhere in Paris in a place as chill nor with drinks as good, so if you’re looking for any or all of those things, do not hesitate to add Le Mary Celeste to your rotating repertoire of Paris faves.
Le Mary Celeste
1, rue Commines
Metro: Filles du Calvaire/Oberkampf
Hours: Everyday from 5 pm to 2 am
article: Stephanie Holmes
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