What is likeable about street Faubourg Saint-Denis is that it it has maintained its character. The “yuppies” have breached the gates, but sharing space with the old faithfuls of the area seems inevitable, and that is quite as it should be. Le Syndicat seems to cater to the two trends with one style, all within 50 m2. Its frontage is abandoned to anarchic postings, as if were seeking absolution for being so well established. But once you enter, you find that Le Syndicat is a real syndicate, a very serious undertaking whose mission is to guide you around the rich and refined world of wines and spirits – all of French origin, mind! The bar offers no fewer than 250 different types of alcoholic beverages and a wealth of cocktails, all at the same price. Further in, you see tables here and there, bathed in orange neon light, surrounded by chairs, some classic, others designer, untill you reach the beautiful setting for 8 or 9, tucked under an enchanting window through which the light of the courtyard endows the decor with a bluish hue. Wines and spirits are not exclusive, but they have to be deserved. It’s not a place where you sit with a glass of pear liquor in one hand and a pipe in the other, before the fireplace, with the cat underfoot. So you adapt. Le Syndicat offers you the discovery of their love of liqueurs of the world as you amble over a charming floor with handcrafted tiling dating back to the late 1940s.
Le Syndicat, 51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris