Little Red Door is something of a bon vivant bar – fine spirits and free spirits mix freely in this cosmopolitan, artistic Parisian hideout. The glowing red door, which marks the frontage and lends the bar its name, is one of the permanent fixtures of a place otherwise defined by reinvention. Building on last year’s décor refresh, a terrace was introduced this summer, and beverage director Rory Shepherd has refocused on what goes into the glass, redoubling efforts to support local producers, winemakers and farmers. A grounded pivot, yet Little Red Door retains its world view. It is the philosopher of the bar world; conceptual, deep-thinking menus its medium: art, anthropology and social science its muse. This year the liquid discourse switched to flavour perception with its latest list, Don’t Judge a Door By its Colour. Take the cocktail Chili Without Spicy, which harnesses a habanero distillate and embellishes the often-overwhelmed floral, green and grassy notes of the chili. Intriguing and smart – that’s Little Red Door.