Cravan Cocktails: The Provocateur Who Inspired a Famous Paris Bar

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Cravan Cocktails: The Provocateur Who Inspired a Famous Paris Bar
One of the world’s best cocktail bars, Cravan, is found in the pleasant residential area of Paris’s 16th arrondissement on the shaded corner of rue Jean de la Fontaine and rue Gros. The list-topping Cravan is positioned within a historic row of Art Nouveau buildings designed by the architect Hector Guimard, renowned for creating Paris’s iconic metro entrances. Despite the cachet of Guimard’s buildings, only a few examples survive, and here at 17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine is a soft-spoken example. A boite since 1911, the intimate interior of Cravan is a step back to the Belle Époque with a zinc bar, silvered mirrors, and authentic tiles.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by CRAVAN (@cravanparis) Heading Cravan is Franck Audoux, a successful entrepreneur who started his career working for Michel Rein, a contemporary art gallery in Tours. The gallery and Audoux moved to Paris in 2000. A few years later Audoux cofounded the seminal restaurants, Le Chateaubriand and its offspring Le Dauphin, the adjacent marble-topped wine bar. It was at Le Dauphin where Audoux organized the event “In Good Company,” a cocktail-pairing experience attended by internationally renowned bartenders. Cocktails would become Audoux’s calling.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by CRAVAN (@cravanparis)
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Lead photo credit : Portrait of Arthur Cravan, 1908. Public domain

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A freelance writer and amateur historian, Hazel knew she wanted to focus on the lives of French artists and femme fatales after an epiphany at the Musée d'Orsay. A life-long learner, she is a recent graduate of Art History from the University of Toronto. Now she is searching for a real-life art history mystery to solve.