In 2014, Nicolas Munoz opened Bespoke, a hip, speakeasy restaurant nestled in the buzz of Oberkampf. Three years later, clearly stimulated by the success of his first establishment, the young entrepreneur opened Bisou – a unique cocktail bar with an exciting peculiarity… there is no menu!
But why would a bar want to throw away the tradition of menus? Firstly, the owner insists that this makes the experience ‘less intimidating’ for the customer, as there is often too much choice on traditional cocktail menus.
Secondly, it’s “much more fun” and creates a sense of “real interaction” between the bartenders and customers as they are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations.
But most of all, the idea of having no menu aims to daily stimulate the creativity of an artistically talented team – every cocktail is a unique work of art created especially for a customer.
While the bar is advertised as ‘sexy’ and ‘fun,’ it is also proudly ‘sustainable,’ complementing the partying aspect with environmental and ecological concerns. The owners work only with seasonal and local French produce, and limit their waste output by dehydrating fruit remains. This love of nature is also reflected in the bar’s design – it is a vibrant green space with plants hanging over the terrace. Even the drinks at Bisou Bar are sprinkled with flowers!
All cocktails – served between 18:00 and 02:00 – cost the same (€12 each). There are other local options on offer as well, such as Deck and Donahue beer or Sassy cider. However, there’s no wine as of now.
Bisou, 15 boulevard du temple 75003, Paris, France, +33 1 40 27 82 85