Party Earth Review Located on the ground floor of the upscale Renaissance Hotel – itself just north of the famed Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées Avenue – Makassar Lounge & Restaurant is a swanky Indonesian oasis for exotic cocktails... ... read full review
Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel
39 Avenue de Wagram
2: Ternes; 1, 2, 6: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
01 55 37 55 57
Restaurant: M–Sa 6:30–11am, 12:30–2:30pm, and 6:30–11pm, Su 12:30–3pm and 6:30–11pm
Lounge: Daily 6:30am–1am
17eme, Paris –
Located on the ground floor of the upscale Renaissance Hotel – itself just north of the famed Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées Avenue – Makassar Lounge & Restaurant is a swanky Indonesian oasis for exotic cocktails, fusion cuisine, and nightly chill sessions.
The modern space is awash in sultry red hues, from the subtly illuminated drapes to the bright buffalo-leather chairs, while the shiny zinc bar on one side pops with a crystalline blue base.
Busy with hotel guests during the day, evenings find groups of girls in slinky black dresses and their designer-suited beaux flocking to the larger sofas like moths to a flame, all ready to indulge in intricate libations mixed with imported fruits and snacks from the limited lounge menu.
The main dining room touts a more monochrome aesthetic, with silver tables and dark blue chairs, as well as an outdoor space that fills up quickly on summer evenings.
A shadow puppet scene projected against the wall reenacts an ancient Indonesian love story, the perfect backdrop for the swanky guests dining on fusion cuisine like seared scallops, foie gras with caramelized pecans, and gourmet charcuterie.
tSuch theatrical elements may explain why the place is popular with French actors and other celebs, especially later at night when DJs regularly spin funky international beats Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The tranquil music makes it easy to daydream about visiting some exotic locale, but the next best thing to a vacation just might be a night at Makassar.
Glitzy jetsetters, relaxed professionals, celebs, corporate bigwigs, stylish rich kids, moneyed hotel guests, mid-20s to late 40s.
DJs spin an eclectic mix of international lounge music Wednesday through Saturday nights, with similar ambient tunes in the earlier hours.
Shadow puppet theater projected against a wall of the dining room.
Menu of French-Indonesian fusion including sea-bass carpaccio, duck foie gras, beef tartare, roasted cod filet, vegetarian samosas, spring rolls, and chicken skewers. Limited lounge menu. Private dining room available. Happy Hour daily 6–9:30pm.
Appetizers €12–€18, entrées €21–€29, pastries and ice cream €8–€10. Beer €6–€9, wine and champagne €6–€14/glass or €29–€120+, cocktails €14–€15.
Dressy: Armani suits, slick button-downs, big labels, designer dresses, glittering heels.
Thursday and Friday nights for the largest crowds, most of whom use the lounge as a cozy pre-game spot or an island of post-club calm.
L’Arc (12 Rue Presbourg) is a great club to head to after drinks at Makassar, with a regular crowd that’s as vibrant and stylish as they are young and beautiful.