First Images: The Jazz Focused Bar Aristide Opens at Paris’ Hotel Lutetia
Hotel Lutetia has been one of the defining addresses of the Left Bank and its cultural ideology since it debuted all the way back in 1910. Notably, in the early days it was a galvanizing point for the burgeoning and radical Paris jazz scene – and later it would become a haunt of the likes of Peggy Guggenheim and even Pablo Picasso. In the ’80s it was given a very fashionable makeover by designer Sonia Rykiel, and in recent years David Lynch even styled his own suite here. Impressive, to put in mildly.
In 2018 The Set Collection gave it a contemporary update, under the direction of French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, definitively aligning it with 21st Century tastes, but without at all assassinating its essential character. And now a new bar has just opened at the hotel that links it back to its original heritage, completing a kind of creative circle of life for one of Paris’ most storied properties.
Indeed, the exceedingly stylish new Bar Aristide will be focused on jazz in its more modern forms, with nights like TEMPO! (every Thursday evening at 10pm, in conjunction with Tsugi Radio) featuring drum & bass, acid jazz, abstract hip-hop (yes, there is such a thing) plus electronica and downtempo. The latter happens to be most favored by Lutetia’s General Manager Jean-Pierre Trevisan, who actually once DJ’d in the capital’s underground electronic music scene.
“Music follows me everywhere,” he explains, “and has always been essential to me. This passion will fit perfectly at Bar Aristide, which will soon become a coveted spot for alternative jazz.”
But on an given night the champagne and specialty cocktails will also be flowing, the latter courtesy of head mixologist Nicola Battafarano. To be sure, his singular but uncomplicated signature sips include the likes of the Cure (Belvedere Vodka, Curcuma, Ginger, Galliano Liquor), the Inception (Cognac Hennessy, Calvados Le Blanche, Wasabi) and the surely Mr. Gillespie referencing Dizzy (Rye whisky Whistlepig, Beetroot, Barolo chinato) – which can all be exquisitely paired with Gillardeau n°3 oysters, Oscietra caviar, or a white truffle tarama spread.
The Lutetia, of course, is far more than just a hotel – it’s an essential piece of Parisian history, which carries on as surely as do the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. And with just 30 seats, elegant wood-paneled walls, classic Chesterfield style leather couches, and a carefully curated selection of books (as well as the music), the Aristide is set to be a bar that will perfectly resonate with that history, whilst also looking decisively forward.