Paris Ritz bar to take up residence at Connaught


Ago Perrone Colin FieldTwo of the world’s best bars are joining forces when the Bar Hemingway from the Ritz in Paris takes up a week-long residency at The Connaught Bar in London’s Connaught Hotel.

From April 7 to 13, Colin Field (pictured right) from the Bar Hemingway will “jam” together with Ago Perrone (left), director of mixology at the Connaught Bar to create a drinks menu that blends their respective styles.

Colin’s own recipes will be available, including the Serendipity – a mix of mint, apple juice, calvados and champagne – and the Ritz 75, which is his take on a French 75 using gin instead of cognac.

They will feature alongside Ago’s drinks such as the Fleurissimo, made with bitters, sugar, cognac and champagne, and the Connaught’s signature Martini mixed with the bar’s selection of house-made bitters.

The menu will also feature two new cocktail creations devised by the pair and fusing their talents. Every night during the week’s residency, the pair will mingle with guests, explaining their creations and imparting their wealth of knowledge and stories.

Named after its celebrated guest, the author Ernest Hemingway, the Bar Hemingway has been a vibrant heart of the Ritz Paris since the 1920s. It is currently closed for restoration but will return with the same wood panelling, vintage photographs and club-like atmosphere that have made it so distinctively appealing for years, overseen by Colin who has twice been voted world’s best bartender by Forbes magazine.

Colin said: “While the restoration of the Bar Hemingway is being completed, it’s so wonderful to take what we do at the Ritz Paris on tour to another great hotel bar. ‘Jamming’ with Ago has been so creative and fun. We are both inspired by our synergy.”

Ago said: “It has been a real honour to work with such a legend of the cocktail world. We’ve both brought elements of what we do and fused them together in a completely creative way. The international cocktail scene is more diverse than ever and great hotel bars are at the very heart of it, they set the standards.”

The intimate 54-seat Connaught Bar, which has its own entrance on Mount Street, offers a blend of the finest cocktail bar traditions of the past coupled with new ideas and innovations, reflected in the design by David Collins Studio. It is open 4pm to 1am Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays.

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