A precursor for the wave of French cocktail bars to come (it was opened in 2006 — light-years ago!), Soda Bar has soul music coming from the speakers (even funk and hip-hop) and is filled with people sitting face to face on the bench near the window, or in groups on the padded L-benches across from framed Justice remixes…. On the menu? Powerful rum-based recipes, in homage to Tiki-style bars (the Polynesian bars that were fashionable in the US from the 1930s to the 1950s), like the Mai Tai or the Zombie, or Cuban-inspired drinks, like the Presidente (rum, curacao, vermouth, grenadine). The very classic Martinez is less exotic (dating from the 1860s — it might be the ancestor of the Martini!) — half gin, half red vermouth, plus a dash of marasquin or orange bitters, or the very ‘90s Pornstar Martini (vodka, vanilla, passion fruit liqueur, guava), served with a shot of Champagne that you take before tasting the cocktail. And lastly, for something both sweet and fresh, ask for a Joe’s Fresh, alcohol-free, with lemongrass cordial, lemon juice, cucumber and soda. Cocktails €10, mocktails €7. // A.S.