Terrance Sings at the Dukes Bar

The Duke’s Bar of

the Westminster Hotel

13 rue de la Paix Paris

Reservations recommended 01 42 61 55 11

Date

Feb 07 2019

Time

9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 07 2019
  • Time: 16:00 - 18:30

Location

Duke's Bar Westminster Hotel
Duke's Bar Westminster Hotel
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3 comments

THOMAS M HINES August 29, 2019

Thanks for the memories (of Paris and the oldies of my youth). Merci bien. Bonne continuation.

Patricia Killeen December 30, 2019

It’s true we all need a bit of sparkle to brighten up the month of November – the Paris Christmas lights will be officially switched on November 24th at dusk (around 6:00 pm). On Thursday 14th November I wandered down the Rue de la Paix where the lights were installed, but not yet lit, with a great sense of anticipation. I looked in wonder at the beautiful bijous in exquisite shop fronts, and turned into the Westminster Hotel where the Duke’s bar is also a real jewel. Few places in the city can boast the same ambiance. The décor would ‘Fly you to the Moon’ before Terrance Gelenter, our favourite Parisian crooner, even takes to the mike. There is a feeling of a gentleman’s British club tinted with the glamour of 1940’s Casablanca about the place which is appropriate; Terrance’s life started out in post-war Casablanca. People gather at the Duke’s bar to hear Terrance (aka the Baron of Brooklyn) sing on a Thursday night once a month and many seem to know each other. The bar manager Gerard Bouidghaghen has a great smile and wonderful presence. He could have stepped right out of ‘Rick’s bar’ (film Casablanca) and makes you feel part of this delightful club, to which you gain access without any cover charge. The bar food is delicious and reasonably priced, dining in the same hotel as the gourmet Michelin ‘Le Céladon’ restaurant has advantages as the dishes are prepared under renowned Parisian chef, Ludovic Bonneville. I choose the avocado and salmon salad, (12€), the products were so fresh and the preparation original, that I would return to the beautiful neo-gothic Duke’s bar just for that. The great cocktails and impeccable service is also to be applauded. Terrance’s repertoire, accompanied by the wonderful Sheldon Forrest on piano, includes many of Tony Bennett’s greatest and when he took to the mike his rendition of ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ immediately hushed conversations as the magic sprinkled on the crowd and people settled back and relaxed in the green leather Chesterfield armchairs, and were charmed… Terrance’s melodious Brooklyn voice serenaded us with ‘Smile’, ‘My Foolish Heart’, ‘Sabor a Mi’, ‘Blame it on My Youth’ and took us over ‘Over The Rainbow’. The Christmas lights will be sparkling on Rue de la Paix for Terrance’s final show of the season on Thursday December 19th and I’ll be there to ring in the festive season in – in old world ‘style’.

Bob Glaser December 30, 2019

Last night we went to Dukes Bar in the Westminster Hotel  to attend Terrance’s final performance for the year . Due to the strike getting there was a nightmare,  a fifteen minute trip by taxi took forty. The room was not filled as usual . Terrance was in good form and the songs brought memories back from my youth.. Tne years seem to fall away as he went through his repatoire .  The people in the room responded to each song with applause . The bar room is quite cozy and intimate . Perfect escape from the cold , raining night.  We had club sandwiches and a couple drinks .  I’ve been to  bars in Chicago , New York and Los Angeles but here in Paris , Dukes Bar compares to the best . Perhaps it’s Terrance holding forth there.




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