The freshly opened bar in the Marais, Le Mary Celeste, has brought a wave of marine flavored culture to the right bank of Paris. Brought to you by the owners of Candelaria and Glass, this little destination dares to take you to a reality outside of “Paname”.
The bar/restaurant gets its name from from an American-British merchant ship, famous for having been discovered abandoned in 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the crew’s disappearance has been speculated about and cited for centuries by many, including the great Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A white neon sign welcomes passengers. As you enter, you’re greeted by an octagon shaped bar, behind which is Carlos, the master bartender from L’Hotel. There is something for everyone on this list of cocktails (12euros). The “Rain Dog”, a conconction of bourbon and citrus flavors, was as delicious as it was beautiful. They also offer a selection of Brooklyn Brewery beers on tap and full list of natural wines. Manning the kitchen, is chef Haan Palcu-Chang (Verre Volé). Oysters are offered by region and during happy hour are a mere 1euro each. But if oysters don’t suite your fancy, yummy bar snacks and shared plates add a bit of an asian twist. The kimchi (3euros) was excellent and just spicy enough and the pickles hit the spot. But next time, I’m going for the oysters, no doubt!!
Although Le Mary Celeste‘s “cool” factor risk making it a bit of a scenester hangout, the relaxed vibe and simple presentation make it suitable for just about anyone. And although the waitstaff speak French, English was ringing out from every corner. Not only that, it’s fun imagining that your sharing some spirits with fellow travelers on the waves of the high seas!
1 Rue Commines,
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Open every day 5pm-2am