Dressed in pale pink and sitting underneath an awning in Paris’s fashionable Marais district, Bisou does not have a cocktail menu. Instead, the bar crafts every drink toward visitors’ preferences. The concept creates an environment of exchange and conversation, helping imbibers express what they like, rather than just ordering something familiar or their usual.
The ordering process can be as simple as naming your spirit of choice and letting the bartender know if you want it sweet or dry. But you’re also free to express the mood you’re in, and allowing them to create something more “festive” or “perfect for a rainy day.” All the bar’s ingredients are seasonal, which keeps things fresh and repeat customers on their toes, and they only use 100 percent organic local produce. They even hydrate the remains of fruit to make edible garnishes for future cocktails.
Bisou is located just off bustling Rue Oberkampf, on Boulevard du Temple, making it easily accessible, without too much outside noise. The outdoor area underneath the awning is the ideal place to sip a drink and grab some air, while the interior is painted a pretty pink and there’s a long white and grey marble bar for those who want to get close to the action. Tactfully graffitied store fronts are located right next door, which creates a wonderful juxtaposition next to all that pink.
Flirty and creative, Bisou is a perfectly crafted date spot. The process of ordering encourages expression and should lead to honest conversation. The drinks are top notch, and it’s clear that those behind the bar have more than just a grip on what’s at arm’s length. For a city that’s doused in drama and heavy romance, Bisou’s coy and playful nature makes it a unique joy.
Find It here:
15 Boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris, France