This Saturday was the last night of the pop up Cointreau Prive cocktail bar at the exclusive Hotel Particulier Montmartre in Paris' 18th arrondissement. The bar opened its doors a month previously to celebrate the birthday of burlesque star Dita von Teese, the bar's figurehead, and was accessible only for members who had subscribed via the website and received a special bracelet in order to gain entry. The secretive vibe was further enhanced by the location of the Hotel, hidden behind cast iron gates in a Montmartre backstreet up a flight of steps from which I caught the glorious view of the Eiffel Tower flashing its search light onto a crescent moon.
The hotel had been done up in a boudoir style by Ms von Teese for the occasion with swathes of red velvet and brocade fabric draped over the furniture and the suites were all opened up so that you could have a drink whilst perched on a divan, a bath or a bed. The list of Cointreau cocktails on offer included a Cointreau Teese made with apple, cointreau and violet sirop, and a menu of small bites was also available.
Did you make it to check out Cointreau Prive? What did you think?