Au Revoir, Hemingway Bar…for a while

on 28/03/12 at 8:59 am

Booze News

As the famed Parisian watering hole shutters its doors, we talk to its soon-to-be sought after bartender-host before last call.

Over the past 18 years, Colin Field has made the Hemingway Bar of the Ritz Paris the city’s pre-eminent watering hole. More than a bartender, Mr. Field is a host with a knack for sparking conversation between his guests and approaches drink-making with the detailed eye of a tailor, often sizing up a customer’s personality and mood to create a made-to-measure cocktail. Considered by many to be one of Paris’s best bartenders, he will soon become the town’s most sought-after one as the Ritz prepares to shut down for a two-year renovation on April 16.

Other hotels, such as Le Bristol in Paris’s chic eighth arrondissement, dream of hiring him. Mr. Field says he has been “asundered with propositions…[but] I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do.” Meantime, he is working toward setting up his own company and possibly making bottled cocktails for airlines and hotel minibars.

FULL STORY via WSJ

 

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