From now on, guests will have the opportunity to travel back to the 18th century at the Bar Botaniste every evening at 7:00 pm. The bar’s team will demonstrate the so-called “sabrage” of champagne, a historical technique that became popular during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. At the time, after each victory, the hussars, horsemen of the Napoleonic army, opened up the bottles of champagne “à la hussarde”. At the time, after each victory, the hussars, horsemen of the Napoleonic army, opened the bottles of champagne “à la hussarde”. To celebrate the victory and the women, they knocked the bottles open with a majestic gesture, making the neck of the bottle jump with their saber, hence the expression “sabrer le champagne” (“saber the champagne“). It is said that during one of these great celebrations, Napoleon declared: “In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it“.
The introduction of this daily ritual is a fresh way to pay tribute to the first master of the Parisian residence, Roland Bonaparte, who also inspired the name of the bar. Napoleon’s grand-nephew was an accomplished collector and scientist who had the largest private herbarium in the world, consisting of more than 2,500,000 species, that are now on display at the University of Lyon.
Bar Botaniste: Open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Salons Lounge: open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Address: 10 Av. d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
Tel: + 33 1 53 67 19 98