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Take to the seas with a cocktail in hand! Housed under a high glass ceiling, the Toro & Liautard studio have designed an elegant Art Deco ocean liner experience: first-class banquettes, riveted beams, walnut wood walls, porthole light fixtures…. All that’s missing is Kate Winslet hanging out among the well-to-do crowd, and the picture is complete. What should you expect, exactly? A restaurant, a wine bar and a cocktail bar (which is curiously equipped with individual lamps), where captain Matthias Giroud (ex-Buddha Bar) sends out the various creations from his repertoire: a spiritual Oyabun that combines whiskey, Sancho peppercorn syrup and umami bitters (€13); a fiery Blind Tiger made with chili-infused gin, a raspberry-rose mixture, lime, ginger beer and cranberries (€13); or a citric Drink Me If You Can composed of Floreale martini, shiso cordial, lime and ginger ale, that’s entirely alcohol free (€10). Our only misgiving? If you want to eat before getting your sea legs, you’ll need to go to the restaurant section first. // Paul Hackett 

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