The building itself that is home to the Barrio Latino is now classified as a historical monument, with its façade and the metal structure having been designed by Gustave Eiffel, who was the great engineer and architect that designed the most famous landmark in Paris, which is of course the Eiffel Tower.
This hacienda, that is often known as the little corner of Havana, has become very well known for those that enjoy salsa, and the Barrio Latino bar, night club and restaurant in Paris is spread over an area of around 3000 metres squared over four floors that are linked by a very impressive and imposing staircase.
On the ground floor there is a tapas bar and another that is known as the Red Bar, which is decorated with beer bottle caps. And these are friendly inviting areas where you can enjoy tapas at any time of the day, however, of an evening the mood completely changes to that of a night club in Paris with its resident DJ playing wild salsa rhythms and people dancing the night away.
On the second floor there is a mezzanine, the Barrio Latino restaurant, the patio winter garden and dining in alcoves table d’hote style, which is basically where people all dine together and it is on this floor that you will find numerous South American delicacies on the menu.
The third floor is known as the Cuban stopover, which gets its name from the bar that is adorned with cigar bands and here you can enjoy tapas and house Mojitos whilst sitting in one of the comfortable Chesterfield arm chairs with a coffee table or on a velvet settee, or maybe utilising one of the stalls at this unusual bar in Paris.
For a more luxurious and exclusive setting, the fourth floor is a VIP salon where you can experience some of their incredible cocktails or have a more romantic and cosy dinner in the Moroccan room.
The whole place is decorated in rich dark reds with wood, leather seating and gilded mirrors that adorn the walls and it has low ambient lighting that makes the Barrio Latino feel very warm and cosy, although it may seem a little dark when you are enjoying your meal.
The cuisine at the Barrio Latino
There is a luncheon menu that consists of either hors d’oeuvres plus a main course and a drink or a main course plus a dessert and drink for €15 per person as of 2012, however you can also opt for a three course meal with a drink and coffee for €16.95 per person.
For this you could enjoy delights such as Vegetable Samosa or an assortment of cold tapas for starters, Marinated Chicken Supreme with a mustard sauce, Salmon steak with Coriander or an assortment of hot tapas for the main course. And the desserts include delights such as Creme brulee, the ice cream special done the Barrio way or an assortment of sweet tapas.
There is also a fixed price lunch platter available with a set menu that is only €10 per person as of 2012 and this could be the Plateau Pescado, which consists of Salmon and Pastrami wraps, Filet of Sea Bream, Ratatouille and Watermelon, or the Plateau Del Carnes, that consists of Samoussa, Chicken Quesadillas, Green Salad and Strawberries.
Now something that is hard to find in many restaurants in Paris is the option to have a vegetarian meal, as much of the French food is meat or fish orientated. But at the Barrio Latino you are in luck, with dishes like the Plateau Lasierra with Rice, Ratatouille, Marinated vegetables, Guacamole, Tomato tartare and Pineapple.
There is a tapas tasting menu available on the third floor at the Cuban Bar, which will include an aperitif, cold tapas, hot tapas and sweet tapas along with wine, coffee and mineral water and as of 2012 this costs from €50 per person.
However, there are also different dinner menus available for the evening at the Barrio Latino and these start from €45 per person and for this you will get an aperitif, hors d’oeuvres, a main course, dessert, coffee, mineral water and wine.
But you could opt to have dinner in the VIP salon and the menus here start at €55 per person and you will get an aperitif and an hors d’oeuvres starter such as a lightly spiced crab tartare. The main course could be things such as a fillet of sea bream and vegetable tartare with curry or ground beef, green peppers, onion, spices and plantain bananas with white rice. Then it is on to dessert, plus you also get wine, coffee and mineral water.
We would, however, like to point out that the wine on all the above options is one bottle of either red, rose or white that is to be split between three people. Also, for any dinner option at the Barrio Latino restaurants, a reservation is required.
Accessing the Barrio Latino restaurant, bar and night club in Paris
The Barrio Latino is located in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris close to the Place de la Bastille and the nearest Metro station is the Bastille stop, however there is also a valet parking service available, which you can take advantage of when making a dinner reservation.
From a Monday through to a Saturday the Barrio Latino is open from 12 noon, through to 2am in the morning.
On a Sunday, the Barrio Latino is open from 12 noon through to 4pm where you can enjoy brunch or maybe even get a salsa lesson, plus there is also entertainment available for children.
We would also like to point out that reservations are required for any dinner option and this can be done via telephone, fax or via email. In addition to this, the Barrio Latino bar and restaurant in Paris is a trendy place and suitable reasonably smart dress is advisable, plus they do not allow anyone in trainers or shorts.
Barrio Latino Address and Contact Details:
46 - 48 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 78 84 75
Fax: +33 (0) 1 55 78 85 30
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The Barrio Latino bar, night club and restaurant in Paris
The Barrio Latino has become a popular place for its Latin music, the Salsa dancing and Latin style South American cuisine, which is all reflected through the vision of the George V Eatertainment Group of its founder Raymond Visan, who also run the Buddha Bar in Paris as well.
This highly innovative founder is always looking for unique venues to create a different ambience from the conventional scenes of either a night club or a restaurant, as they mix everything together providing a unique ambience that only but make for a great night out and great entertainment in Paris, and today this has lead to other venues opening up in other countries throughout the world.
About the Barrio Latino