Brave Le Combat, helmed by a trio of fierce mixologists
When French friends Elena Schmitt and Margot Lecarpentier met in New York City, they bonded over their mutual love of cocktails. After returning to Paris and mixing drinks at the trendy Experimental Cocktail Club, the duo took the leap in 2017 to open their own bar in Belleville, along with Elise Drouet. Named after the old moniker for the neighbourhood and to reflect the trio’s fighting spirit, Le Combat bar serves up elegant, inventive cocktails like the Nardine, made with calvados, amaro, egg white, lemon juice and hazelnuts; and the Red Star, which consists of gin, thyme-infused gentian flower liqueur, sugar, kiwi and lemon juice. Guests can also munch on sharing plates that include burrata, terrine, olives and artichokes.