Cafe Laurent

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Cafe Laurent
4.5
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Address
Neighbourhood: 6th Arr. - Luxembourg
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  • Odéon • 4 min walk
  • Mabillon • 5 min walk
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ugyved
Palm Beach, FL224 contributions
Jazz Evening
Dec 2019
The Hotel d'Aubusson hosts jazz evenings in its Cafe Laurent which are presented in two sets. The first set begins at 9pm and lasts for about an hour followed by a short intermission and the second set . If you are interested in that type of music, set in a friendly and casual setting, this is a must stop for you. Of course, there are ample refreshments available which are served by Flavian, your genial host and others. All in all, a delightful evening.
Written 3 February 2020
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977mike
Dublin, Ireland783 contributions
Jazz Lounge
Jan 2020 • Solo
Housed in Hotel d’Aubusson this is a super place to have a nightcap in Paris highly recommended indeed !
Written 24 January 2020
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CAgirlqt
Los Angeles, CA582 contributions
Cozy Elegant Jazz/Piano Bar
Dec 2019 • Couples
After dinner on Saturday night we wandered in for a nightcap. There was a jazz quartet that started to play and we were hooked. Good jazz and great vibe. Service was very good considering only one person was attending to the small crowd. Lovely hotel lobby (Hôtel Aubusson) and patio.
Written 2 January 2020
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Keith090808
Long Beach, CA36 contributions
A must visit spot on any trip to Paris
Dec 2019
This is the home to Flavian's home lounge at the Hotel D'Aubusson. Come expecting excellent service, great drinks, great music and be respectful. The lounge is managed so that all can enjoy and as guests you need to allow Flavian to be your guide to enjoy the full experience. This lounge is beautiful and especially well decorated during the holidays. If you go my hope is that you enjoy this "living room" as much as I do.
Written 11 December 2019
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Alan F
Westfield, MA1,395 contributions
Fine Jazz in a Cozy Venue
Nov 2019
It is a small and pleasant hotel piano bar with a long and distinguished pedigree. In an intimate room, you are up close and personal with the musicians and they are smart enough to not use speakers in such an arm's length setting. If our Thursday evening experience was typical, we will be back.

Quality drinks at fair prices for an entertainment venue. The :"snack" menu is minimalist and a bit quirky (e.g. little jars of vegetable spreads), caviar and foie gras. Clearly, the kitchen isn't doing anything special here. But the music is the reason to be here and it is first rate.

My only regret is that I wanted to evict some clueless millennials that were playing with their cell phones during most of the set; one had the attention span of a six year old and had to get up and wander off a couple of times.

An hour concert is a bit short, but ours was packed with clever and lyrical piano playing and a very fine bassist.
Written 14 November 2019
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Michelle L
3 contributions
Terrible Service
Couldn't recommend the bar service, Wanting to say the least - having stayed there in the past when in Paris & thoroughly enjoyed it, I excited to take a girlfriend there for cocktails and listen to jazz. We arrived and it was nearly full on the RHS of the bar but empty on the left hand side where the hall is with beautiful Louis furniture.The M'd had a moment and couldn't fathom what to do with people coming in, totally out of his depth. We took ourselves into the hall area and waited, waited and waited for cocktail/wine list. Eventually a waiter came over with them and waited some time more to place our order, three other tables where in this area and also ordering so it might have been busyish but not pumping. We put our order in for Espresso Martini's, they arrive watery and not chilled and not with a lot of foam on top.
Having lived in Melbourne, frequently travel to Paris, Milan and London this is a universal cocktail that is hard to mess up, well on this occasion the bartender at Aubusson did so, we drank them and waited, waited , waited and you guessed it ....waited with empty glasses in full view as waiter upon waiter walked passed and didnt consider to ask if we would like another drink. We gave up waiting after 40 mins - as we paid the account for expensive cocktail that was not up to standard I informed the M'd that the service had been wanting. He waved his hand in the air and side the bar was busy .....really annoying as the bartenders polished away /waiters scurried around like chickens with their heads cut off. There was no management or service to be had and not good enough for an establishment of this calibre. We went down the road and got completely opposite service.. so much so it was shockingly delightful compared to what we just experienced at Aubusson. Will not go back and has me considering if I will stay there again.
Written 8 September 2019
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Anon
Paris, France16 contributions
A Sad Update
Mar 2019 • Solo
:As my previous review shows, the Café Laurent impressed from day one. There was a small concern on my first visit that something may be amiss, but but I chose to ignore it. That evening I had just come from dinner with a small, neatly packed leftovers bag, which I rested on the bartop until I could get out of my coat and seated. I never clutter a counter with purse or bags -- it is distracting and to my eye, unsightly. Before I could settle in and move the bag to the floor, a small male barkeep with thinning hair barked: “Take that bag off the bar!” Well. That was a shock. Rude? Yes,very. As the evening progressed, and my cocktails were served in perfection by another bartender, I noted that a man had taken the seat on my right, and his large black hat remained between us on the bartop the remainder of the evening. Well. Interesting.

The following month I visited the Café after walking down to Rue Dauphine from Val-de-Grace. I’m 71-years-old. My blood is thin. I chill easily. So I wore a fur coat. Apparently, the same barkeep who policed the leftovers sack was intrigued by my wearing apparel, as he interrogated me for ten minutes about how cold and windy it must be outside. A snide, taunting undercurrent ran through this quizzing, and I began to feel uncomfortable. Sometimes, one is best served by heeding intuitive signals. Frankly, I do not think either situation would have occurred if I was accompanied by a man. Some cultures -- and people -- believe a woman should be confined to a cowshed during certain times of the month because they are “impure”, as is still the practice in modern-day rural villages in Nepal. Certainly, a mature woman, traveling alone, with the means to pay her own way could strike them as insultingly unseemly. But surely not in the 21st century, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés?

This Update review is my farewell to the Café Laurent, and I will sorely miss all the authentic charm, grace, ambience, and absolutely top-notch service I received from the majority of the staff. The pleasure and enjoyment they gave is deserving of generous gratuities beyond the standard 15% compris. And I gratefully thank them for making me feel welcome and well-cared for.

However, again, there’s something amiss in the establishment -- a fly in the ointment -- that an astute Hôtelier of a first-class property should be aware of. Of concern is an experience like no other in my many years in New York, London, the Caribbean, or other cities in the US and abroad. Two weeks ago, I walked into the bar, and while getting sorted, was addressed by a patron with whom I had had a previous encounter. I was not interested in speaking with him -- which I believe is my right, and told him so. His apologies were equally uninteresting, but in the middle of our exchange, a loud voice demanded: “Are you a guest at this hotel?” It came from an older female seated at the end of the bar. What? “Why do you ask”, I replied, since it really was none of her business. She loudly and aggressively lectured me on how she knew the customer I was speaking with, and he was a good friend, and...blah, blah, blah. I was in shock, so I don’t really recall the rest. The bar staff did nothing. If there was a Bar Manager he/she did nothing. The man I was talking with apologized for the completely unwarranted verbal attack, and we chatted amiably. Until I had to walk past this woman to get to the loo. Trying to be civilized, I said I respected her for defending her friend, and that it had been a misunderstanding we worked out. And then she let me have it again! Yikes!

After that episode, particularly in light of the fact that the bar staff did nothing to ameliorate the situation, I left with the intention of never going back. This week I relented on my resolve, just to test the air, and the same female was in her end-bar seat. As I passed to the Ladies, she put her hand to her mouth and addressed her companion(s). Apparently, she had taken quite a dislike, and would not let it rest. I had my final, wonderful, perfect, delicious Manhattan, paid the bill, left 10 euros for my two favorite mixologists, and exited those lovely white automatic doors of Hotel d'Aubusson for the last time.

Quel dommage.
Written 13 April 2019
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GeorgiaToast
Atlanta131 contributions
A Gem Worth A Visit for the Jazz and Cocktails
Mar 2019 • Couples
We had rented an apartment across the small street and enjoyed Cafe Laurent twice during our visit. Two different jazz groups - one with more standards and the other more improvisational. No cover charge and reasonable beverages. The 'Pear Fect' is a must for anyone who enjoys pear martinis. This was a highlight of our stay in Paris.
Written 8 April 2019
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Anon
Paris, France16 contributions
An Oasis of Civilization in Paris
Jan 2019 • Solo
So, you’ve been out and about doing what one does in La Ville Lumière. Tired, thirsty, perhaps jet-lagged and hungry, where does one go on the Left Bank to recover? Why, Café Laurent at L'Hôtel D'Aubusson in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, of course.

Enter this oasis of civilization via the Hotel -- but stand back, because there is no Poussez or Tirez at this effortlessly elegant paradise. No, the doors open magically at your approach. To the right off the Lobby is what -- and whom -- you’re looking for. You may opt for a cushy seat around intimate tables in the jazz lounge, wander up the steps to the salon, with its magnificent fireplace and period upholstered appointments (do not miss the beautiful abstract translation -- to my eye, anyway -- of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling by the 17th-18th century Neapolitan artist Paolo de Matteis) -- or, if you crave nicotine, or want a breath of fresh air, step out into the charming patio terrace.

My choice is typically the central nervous system of the place -- the short bar linking everything. Here is stationed, and ready to serve your every imbibing desire, an expert cadre of mixologists. If you don’t find your favorite (ridiculously reasonably priced) cocktail, apéritif, wine, champagne, coffee, tea or small sweet and savory treat on the Menu, whatever you wish for will be manifested in perfection by elegant and expert barman Yannick, and his talented cohorts.

Just watching them work is entertainment enough; however the hotel clientele, and drop-in guests, provide an eclectic cast of fascinating people (plus -- their interactions and overheard convos!). Delightful! Since 1690, big-wigs in public, intellectual, literary, and artistic life have been patronizing the Laurent. Nothing has changed about that.

Then there’s jazz evenings later in the week. That, too, is elegant and expert, but kept light for the tourist trade. (You’ll find no funky, sweating players beating out the soul of their instruments, as in New York and New Orleans cellar hot-spots. But that’s okay. It’s all good. It’s Paris, you’ve found YOUR place, they don’t commit highway robbery for a Coffee Martini or coupe of champagne. You will emerge onto rue Dauphine later that evening with little damage to your wallet, and a total sense of well-being and satisfaction. Go there. You’ll love it.
Written 5 January 2019
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cfsch2
Oslo, Norway34 contributions
Great place, slow service
Sep 2018 • Couples
Beautiful place, nice atmosphere, delicious cocktails and a really classy addition with the live jazz/lounge (piano and bass) music. Unfortunately the service was slow when we visited and we waited for over 15 minutes to get to pay for a couple of cocktails.
Written 27 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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