Saturday, October 25, 2008

The $45 Negroni

Have you ever run into one of those holiday moments when you knew you were being ripped off, but you didn't care? When you knew there was no possible way something could live up to the hype (or the price) but you slapped down the plastic anyway?  The Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Hotel in Paris was that moment for me.

The Hemingway Bar is the stuff of legend, and takes advantage of it. Each and every drink on the menu is 28 Euro. No doubt, a steep price, but in all honesty, they ain't using bar brand booze. Without a doubt, this was the best Negroni of my life. And before anyone feels bad for us (highly unlikely I know) we made a serious dent in the "free" bar snacks they provided.

Would I go back? Hell yeah. The chance to pretend I have more money than brains and sip a fine cocktail in luxury is too good to resist. I might even bring a book to read.


  1. It looks like a pretty nice negroni, Arne. What kind of snacks were they serving?

  2. It WAS a very good Negroni. But I seriouosly doubt any drink is worth 28 Euro!

    Snacks? House made potato chips, olives and nuts. Not earth-moving, but all of really high quality.

  3. Brandon Smith @dcoopsdJune 14, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Hey Arne!
    Sometimes its more about the experience then the price. Two years back Steve and I celebrated Christmas in Paris... 5 wonderful days in the City of Lights. Dinner was at Alain Passard's Arpege. Now anyone who's read Saveur magazine in the last decade has seen Passard's egg.... legendary...exquisite...a 25 year old recipe that he's become super known for. Also a few more Euro than your Negroni there.... But yes, we had to have that egg simply for the experience (and it was a damn good one too!). So alas... you're not alone.


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