Verre & Chope, 25 Rue de Rochechouart, Paris
"This tiny little spot on Rue de Rochechouart isn't just a wine bar, it also serves beer," explains Le Nechet. In fact, the name Verre & Chope
alludes to the vessels in which you drink said wine and beer ("verre" is a glass, and "chope" is a beer mug).
"The food is good, too; the bar and open kitchen are behind a glass deli counter. And the charcuterie is sliced on demand."
Here you can dig into, hands down, the best Croque-Monsieur in Paris. "Clearly, clearly the best. The ham is freshly cut in front of your eyes, then topped with aged cheddar."
This isn't a party scene, but a tranquil and welcoming spot to enjoy during the day or at the beginning of your soirée.
Baton Rouge, 62 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, Paris
"The decoration is magnificent at this New Orleans-inspired spot," says Le Nechet. "Voodoo, sorcery, the menu printed on tarot cards... This cocktail bar really stands out because of this cool, unique décor."
As they say in Louisiana (but, ahem, not in Paris), laissez les bons temps rouler.
La Distillerie de Paris, 54 Passage Reilhac, Paris
"This is the only distillery in Paris," says Le Nechet, "and you can make your own gin in the course of an afternoon ... adding ingredients and citrus zest, tasting at each step along the way."
The distillery can be privatized for events or spirit-making, but it is not routinely open to the public. The spirits produced there can be found at boutiques and restaurants throughout Paris.
Opened in 2015 by brothers Sébastien and Nicolas Julhès, La Distillerie
is the first micro-distillery to arrive in the French capital since they all closed up shop at the end of the last century.
Since the launch, Nicolas has concocted more than 50 different recipes for gins, rums, flavored vodkas, whiskey and liqueurs from honey, agave and maple syrup.