A speakeasy before its time
When it first opened, the Ritz Paris was with... no bar. But the likes of Cole Porter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and other expats fleeing prohibition America to live it up in Paris dreamed of having a bar they could call their own.
César Ritz soon came around and in 1921 the Ritz Bar opened in the rue Cambon wing.
At that time, it went by the name of "Le Café Parisien" and was reserved for men. But when the wife of César's son Charles was impertinent enough to invite herself in, it was decided in 1926 to open a second bar just across the way. Originally for ladies only, the "Petit Bar" was renamed Bar Hemingway in 1994.
But honor to whom honor is due, it was at the Ritz Bar where it all began and the sound of ruffling taffeta first mingled with the shaking and stirring of cocktails.