photograph by Melanie Clatanoff
Finally, a decent bar on the rue de Rivoli!
The Benjamin is a typical French café with a downright decent happy hour. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night, all cocktails are 50% off. The two-person cocktails are the best deal. They normally cost an outrageous €22 (hey, this is the first arrondissement!) When split with a friend at half-price, however, you’ll end up with a giant drink for just over €5. Deals like this one are few and far between in this neighborhood.
The upshot: the next time you’re stranded near the Louvre in need of an early evening cocktail, you’ll know where to go!
The Benjamin is located at 53 rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement. The closest metro station is Châtelet.