“FoodDrinks” in the Fifth Arrondissement

We already know that Paris’ right bank is busting with bars. But la rive gauche continues to slowly sneak up on its neighbor with some newer cocktail contenders like Solera.
Regular passengers on my boozy, bloggy ride should already be familiar with Christopher Gaglione from our stops at Royal Monceau and Burgundy Hotel where he ran the drinks programmes with aplomb. Following that, he headed to yet another swish hotel, Prince de Galles, where his reputation for creative cocktail staging grew. However, his latest stop takes him far from the high-end hotel circuit to something a little more laid-back where he can don some trendy kicks, jeans and a baseball cap.

Solera_CockailsHis current menu includes 12 signature drinks with the standard base ingredients like vodka, gin, rum, whisky and tequila. There is a small set of 4 drinks on his Old’s Cool menu (a menu that we see recycled from the Burgundy days, but in name only). It’s a short and sweet selection of drinks with ingredients that are more familiar to the craft cocktail crowd: Bonal, Rittenhouse, Carpano Antica, etc. Otherwise, you can order off menu from mojitos to martinis and they offer a selection of non-alcoholic options packed with fruit juices. I really appreciate that the Old’s Cool menu offers some nice drinks starting at just 10 Euros!

A cornerstone of their concept “foodrink”: cocktails and plates consciously paired to achieve something more than a sum of its parts.