Bar Take Five: Paris

Article By Eugene Lombard

No.18, Tai Yang Miao Men Street..

Average Price per Person /人均消费: 100RMB

Things are starting to return to normal after a longer than usual winter slumber. Soon, if not already, we’ll all be heading to our favourite watering holes. But keep your eyes peeled, you’re bound to find some new and interesting additions to the already vibrant night life scene. The season of longer days, beautiful nights, and pretty drinks has arrived.

Yes, I’m talking cocktails!

With more and more cocktail bars and whisky lounges opening up, you’ll be sure to find something that really suits your taste, such as Paris, Bar Take Five’s newest expression.

For those of you not familiar with the Bar Take Five family, they are no strangers to the whisky and cocktail scene. Their bars are a sight for sore eyes, with the very noticeable speakeasy design style. They are well known for their impeccable service and drink offering, ranging from delicious cocktails to impressive single malts. However, Paris takes it a step further.

Situated in Taiyang Miao Men, this bar is very easy to find, a mere stone’s throw from Zhuque, a very popular part of town. You’re welcomed by a bright, white sign and a staircase guides you to the second floor, where a luxurious and intimate setting awaits you.

A hint of Bar Take Five’s personality is palpable, except at Paris you experience an air of exclusivity. Limited seating allows for five small groups only. You’d be forgiven if you feel like they’re only catering for you and your guests. An added rarity for sure, is that Paris caters for the cigar smokers among us. So, if you’ve been stocking up on some Montecristo’s, now’s a good excuse as ever to unwrap them, Paris welcomes you.

As a first-time visitor, the menu might seem intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. The service is quick and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and the menu is available in English. The cocktails are delicious and only the finest ingredients are used. Don’t hesitate to ask the barman to serve you up one of his favourites. It’s mesmerizing watching them put complicated drinks together.

Paris is no ordinary establishment; it makes you feel special. And so it should. We all deserve a special night out.
So whether you drink your whiskies neat, want to experiment with some barrel aged rum, or just like to stick with the tried and tested Mojito, head on over to Paris. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself sitting in a velvet chair and swirling your favourite tipple.

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Eugene is an avid city cyclist living in Xi’an. If not cycling he’s drinking coffee or beer.