Le Point Rouge

Top choice cocktail bar in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

A black steel door marked with a small, red doorbell (aka 'le point rouge', or 'the red dot') heralds the entrance to this trendy speakeasy, a theatrical scarlet affair hidden in the basement of a once-grandiose riverfront hôtel particulier (mansion). The encyclopaedia of a cocktail list traces the history of cocktails including some 100 different elaborate creations. Ring the bell to enter.

For an authentic taste of Bordeaux, flip to the 'Regional Inspiration' page and order a Bordeluche (rum from Cognac mixed with Bordeaux wine, passion fruit, honey and Marie Brizard Anisette liqueur, concocted since 1755 from a secret mix of Mediterranean herbs and spices).