The first ever Paris Cocktail Week will be taking place next week, featuring events, courses, and special drink prices at more than thirty bars around the city.
Maybe there’s a right way to do Dersou, one that involves sharing a sixty-day aged steak and a bottle of Crozes-Hermitage, as the happy couple next to us was doing at 11pm. We who had signed up from the tasting menu – offered for 90€ from 7:30-9pm,
Frédéric Le Bordays is behind the bar and serving up excellent craft cocktails alongside a few simple small plates from chef Vanessa Krycève.
A coffee bar with emphasis on the bar – cocktails and coffee in a shared space from one of the partners in the Belleville Brûlerie.
You don’t need to be a guest at the grand Le Meurice hotel to enjoy the luxury of having tuxedoed waiters serve you solidly made classic cocktail in the intimate, clubby den. But you may need to be a millionaire. The atmosphere might be retro, but at 25 euros a pop, the prices certainly are not.
The original (and still insanely popular) speakeasy that sparked the trend in 2007 and spawned an empire that now includes Beef Club, Fish Club, Prescription Cocktail Club and Curio Parlour. ECC sets the standard for tiny, dark and cozy bars with their intricate cocktails. Despite being the oldest of the new wave joints, it’s still one of the swankiest and hardest to get in.
The tiny red door leads to a tiny dark bar with cozy couches, cushy bar stools, and an elevated nook that is ideal for people watching. The bar menu is short, sweet and well-curated.
Just what the doctor ordered: another reliable standby from the ECC team. Two floors of creative cocktails, dark lounge-y space, and too many fashionable people packed into one space.
The least expensive of the historic cocktails bars with a cocktail menu as thick as an encyclopedia.
This cheekily named Polynesian themed rum bar has a congenial international crew behind the bar, reasonably priced tropical cocktails, flaming scorpion bowl beverages for a crowd, and interesting craft beers to boot. Tiki chic.
A bar near Republique that distinguishes itself by using traditional French liqueurs and ingredients as the base of its menu.
Red House is where your bartender hangs out on his/her night off. An easygoing dive with really solid, inexpensive cocktails.
Practical information Address: 58 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Nearest transport: Les Halles (4), Étienne Marcel (4) Hours: Open every day for dinner only Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome Telephone: 09 54 37 13 65 Average price for dinner: 40-59€ Style of cuisine: Steak joint, classic French Website
Practical information Address: 82 rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Nearest transport: Parmentier (3), Oberkampf (5, 9) Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday for lunch, Thursday-Saturday for lunch & dinner, and Sunday for brunch Reservations: Reservations not accepted Telephone: 01 47 00 78 95 Average price for lunch:
A new crop of mixologists are sourcing crazy ingredients, winning international acclaim, and even pairing spirits with food. The old guard calls them unschooled ‘flair’ bartenders. Whose shaker do you want to sip from?
The people behind Candelaria are back with a new place serving wild oysters by the piece, outstanding small plates, serious cocktails, natural wine, and craft beer.
With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has officially changed the game, and people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar, staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club grads.