If Hotel Raphael’s rooftop terrace is one of its most remarkable—and remarked upon—attractions, the clubby English-style Bar Anglais is perhaps its best kept secret. With inviting red velvet armchairs and sofas, grand mahogany bar, and quiet, dimly light atmosphere, it’s a go-to meeting place for neighborhood lawyers, bankers, and off duty embassy staffers in search of a private after work aperitif.
Unwind in the intimate space among locals recounting the day’s business over mojitos and old fashioned cocktails expertly poured by Christian Gomez. An expert mixologist and the hotel’s head barman, Christian is the consummate bartender, often standing in front of the bar to better serve his regulars, and welcome new visitors.
The English-style Bar Anglais is a favorite among local lawyers and embassy staffers looking for a private, after work aperitif.
The staff at Hotel Raphael take pride in their work, but perhaps proudest of all is head barman, Christian Gomez, whose innovative craft cocktail menu has the ability to transport you to a different time and place.
Befitting of Bar Anglais’ British atmosphere, his Pink Vesper cocktail is a reinterpretation of James Bond’s martini of choice, combining Beefeater gin, vodka, and Lillet rosé. The hotel’s signature, Raphael, is a summery blend of champagne, strawberry purée, Manzana verde liqueur, and lime.
Equally appealing is the bar’s afternoon tea service, with a variety of pastries made on site by pastry chef Sébastian Reul.
To learn more about the Hotel Raphael, or to reserve a table at Bar Anglais, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.