Hidden behind an unmarked wooden door near Odéon, Castor Club is easy to miss even for local Parisians. But the discretion is part of the appeal. An anonymous façade leads you into an intimate cocktail bar enveloped in deep green velvet and flatteringly low lighting,
Practical information Address: 21 rue Keller, 75011 Nearest transport: Voltaire (9), Bastille (1,5,8), Ledru-Rollin (8) Hours: Open every day Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome Telephone: 01 48 06 03 95 Website Facebook Instagram What people are saying Hipsters in Paris (2015) “Excellent drinks made without any pretension, at reasonable
On a busy street lined with touristy pubs near Saint Sulpice, Tiger is a cocktail-focused breath of fresh air. Gin & tonics are the specialty here, with more than six variations on the standard available, all made with Tiger’s homemade tonic. Other gin-based cocktails make up a strong part
Bayou-themed Baton Rouge is a high-end dive that’s strategically manufactured, but still thoroughly enjoyable. It’s rowdy, rollicking good fun; the tone is set by the twangy soundtrack and good-natured staff, who set down a bowl of peanuts immediately upon your arrival and actively encourage you to
Grilled cheese seems like the epitome of spontaneous late-night eats, yet you’ll want to make a reservation at Mabel if you’d like yours washed down with a cocktail. The small speakeasy-style bar nestled behind a family-friendly grilled cheese sandwich shop requires clients to be seated, which is great
The bright, expansive bar at CopperBay is a nice antidote to the cramped, dark speakeasies that make up much of the Parisian cocktail scene. It’s unpretentious and accessible, from the perspective of pricing – cocktails start at 10€, which is far lower than most other
Practical information Address: 43 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5) Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday Reservations: Not Accepted Telephone: 06 11 84 21 76 Average price for a cocktail:12€ Average price for dinner:10-19€ Style of cuisine: Small plates Facebook Reviews of interest Le
Practical information Address: 289 rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Nearest transport: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (4, 8, 9) Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome Telephone: 01 23 45 67 89 Average price for lunch: 10-19€ or 20-39€, depending on if you get the special or order
Oh, that papered over and possibly abandoned storefront? That’s Le Syndicat. Cleverly hidden in plain sight, it doesn’t consider itself a bar per se, but rather, an “Organization in Defense of French Spirits,” where Romain Le Mouëllic and Sullivan Doh (last seen at Sherry Butt)
Start your Pigalle bar crawl off at this intimate absinthe-focused speakeasy named after a legendary New Orleans madame. This signless spot, from the team behind Little Red Door, joins Dirty Dick and Glass on the increasingly bar-lined rue Frochot. It’s an elegant space in which to explore a variety of
Practical information Address: 29 rue Bourg-Tibourg, 75004 Nearest transport: Hôtel de Ville (1, 11) Hours: Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner; Open Monday-Thursday for dinner only Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome Telephone: 09 83 56 47 93 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Amanda Boucher, an American who was well-known behind the bar at Candelaria, has opened up her own spot near the Cirque d’Hiver. Her cocktails are always intriguing and playful, but they’re not innovative just for the sake of being different, which is to say… they
Frédéric Le Bordays is behind the bar and serving up excellent craft cocktails alongside a few simple small plates from chef Vanessa Krycève.
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.
You’re almost guaranteed a celebrity sighting in one of the warren-like rooms that include a fumoir, movie theater, and stage for bands to perform. That is, if you can get in.
Famous for being a Hemingway haunt, Harry’s is responsible for the invention of the (now) classic cocktails the Bloody Mary, the French 75, and the Sidecar. Stiff, white coat clad bartenders keep a strict dress code in check so shorts aren’t going to cut it. Pants (sigh) are required if you’d like to make it through the door of this historic bar.
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.
Skip the pizza at Da Vito and head directly for the refrigerator in the center of the room. The walk-in fridge filled with beer kegs and hanging hams is an entrance to this elegant but unpretentious speakeasy.
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
The team behind the food truck Cantine California was hired by owner Olivier Marle to capitalize on all the Parisian food trends of the moment: burgers, tacos and cocktails. Bonus points for milkshakes and cake.
A Gallic update on the classic American steakhouse from the team behind Pink Flamingo.
Practical information Address: 30 rue Victor Massé, 75009 Nearest transport: Pigalle (2,12) Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome Telephone: 09 67 27 37 44 Average price for a cocktail: 13€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€ Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas Website Facebook Book Online Reviews of
Serious cocktails in an unpretentious lounge near the Bastille with good bar snacks to boot. The attention to detail, chill atmosphere and intriguing menu make this an industry darling.