Last call at Bar Hemingway as The Ritz closes its doors



12 April 2012

The Ritz Paris, aka the most iconic hotel on the planet is closing up for a massive renovation that is expected to last up to two years. With the sealing up of the Ritz also comes the temporary closing of its legendary Bar Hemingway. Manned by Colin Field, a recipient of the title 'World's Best Barman', longtime devotees of this locale made a last dash to sip a dry martini before closing.

"The best martinis in Paris," Charles Rivkin, U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, and his wife Susan Tolson declared to WWD as they hoisted their glasses. "Very, very dry," Rivkin added approvingly. Bar Hemingway was a favourite hangout of its namesake Ernest Hemingway.

The Ritz has gone down in history as hosting the likes of Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Orson Welles, Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel (who resided here for over 30 years) and Princess Diana who was a guest here at the time of her deathi n a car crash with Dodi Al-Fayed (the son of the hotel's owner, Mohammed Al-Fayed)

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