19 rue de l’Etoile, 17th
Tel 01 45 72 10 14
Ten years ago, a Frenchman opened a Champagne bar in Manhattan. Today, the concept has finally come home…and it’s picked up a New York accent. Flûte Etoile, on a little side street near the Arc de Triomphe, owes its cozy and intimate atmosphere to its size and decor than its shady past as a “gentlemen’s club”.
The cozy mezzanine
A fireplace nook and bar seating keeps the ground level sociable, while small groups and lovers looking for a little privacy head up to the mezzanine, where you can see the beautiful “Champagne bubble” chandelier designed by Patrick Jouin (of Hotel Plaza Athénée fame).
There are red velour seats, deep blue walls, funky artworks, and a remote DJ playing the same tunes they’re hearing in the New York locations. Guests can taste up to 15 different champagnes by the glass from €10, bottles start at €50 and up to €2000. There are also cocktails with names like Marquis de Sade, Antoinette, Champagne Mojito…scotch, wine, beer…Food is Franco-Asian fusion, like the Vietnamese spring rolls, but also traditional bubbly accompaniments like caviar, foie gras and smoked salmon.
A discreet place for an intimate tête-à-tête…open Tues-Sat 5pm-2am.