The Best Bars in Paris
Collected by Sylvia Sabes, AFAR Local Expert
People-watch with a glass of wine at a sidewalk café, pop into a five-star hotel lounge for an aperitif, or savor innovative craft cocktails at a trendy late-night bar – and propose a toast to Paris, a city that knows how to tipple with style.
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, France
The Experimental Cocktail Club was one of the first to bring the craft cocktail scene to Paris, landing here in a dark and moody room with stone walls. This once-simple bar has become the flagship of an international empire with...
13 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
Opened in 1980, Willi's, with its bright blue facade, is a fixture in the 1st arrondissement. This French wine bar, which is actually owned by an Englishman, is perhaps most famous for its wine-themed posters, which are commissioned each year and...
45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France
When I first moved to the 11th arrondissement, rue Oberkampf hadn't yet shaken off the vestiges of its grungy, working-class past and was lined mostly with dive bars, ethnic take-away joints and merchants (fishmongers, cheese-mongers, florists,...
5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris, France
In 1911, American star jockey Tod Sloan took a bar in Manhattan, dismantled it, and shipped it to Paris. At the time, American tourists and members of the artistic and literary communities were beginning to visit the City of Light in...
6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
One part tourist trap, one part beloved café, Les Deux Magots is a legendary spot that everyone should visit at least once when in Paris. Most famous as the place where the likes of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway...
33 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
The landmark 1928 Prince de Galles hotel on Avenue George V is the setting for this plush Art Deco bar, where the cocktails are pricey (at around 18 to 24 euro) but beautifully executed. You can go for a classic, but the signature concoctions are...
14 Rue Bochart de Saron, 75009 Paris, France
It's the most grownup of the cocktail bars in super-trendy SoPi (South Pigalle), a quickly gentrifying area that is still home to a large number of sex shops and massage parlors. Around the U-shaped bar, with soul music gently throbbing in the...
14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris, France
We admit, it's not the easiest place to find—the entrance is through an unmarked door on a bland residential street in Menilmontant. But once you do (hint: look for the velvet rope) and take the elevator seven floors up, you'll be rewarded...
69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better barman than Kaled DeRouiche, who crafts some of the best cocktails in the city in this groovy, Morocco-meets-70s-louche spot in Le Marais. Grab a seat at the bar—there are also a smattering of...
21 Rue Keller, 75011 Paris, France
The understated retro vibe of this Bastille area bar is the perfect backdrop for its well-crafted, "Mad Men"-inspired cocktails. The drinks menu unabashedly channels mid-century America: Palm Springs, California Cool, Brooklyn are just a few of...
171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
Stop here before—or after—a stroll in the nearby Luxembourg Gardens for a taste of classic 19th-century Paris. Expat writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented the bar, as did legendary artists like Picasso (brass...
6 Avenue Jean Aicard, 75011 Paris, France
Wine may be the Parisian drink of choice, but a burgeoning interest in craft brews has inspired the opening of several artisanal beer bars in the capital city. La Fine Mousse has 20 beers on tap—a mix of mostly French, Belgian, German and...
1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
Yes, this corner spot in Le Marais serves a fine mixed drink—not surprising since it's from the same team that founded Glass, one of the city's best cocktail joints. Order a refreshing Kolpa Kopul: cachaça, white vermouth and Falernum...
78 Rue d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France
This expansive brasserie, which includes a covered rooftop bar and sprawling terrace, occupies the old Auteuil train station, which serviced the 16th arrondissement. When will you find yourself in this far-flung quarter of the city? When you go to...
54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
This sliver of a wine bar and tapas joint is ideal for drinking solo or with a pal (larger groups will have a hard time finding a seat). Settle in at the wood bar or at one of the stools alongside the stone walls, and choose from the well-curated...
25 Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris, France
Late evening is the best time to experience buzzy South Pigalle, and it's when you should plan to hit up this hipster favorite, which occupies a prime corner in the heart of the neighborhood. It delivers on the "terrasse" in its name, with a...
6 Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris, France
If you've been to the Louvre, one of the city's top attractions, you know that most of the restaurants and bars in the near vicinity are mediocre tourist traps. Fortunately, Le Fumoir is an exception, a restaurant-bar-café-tearoom that...
142 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France
Past the bouncer and down a black staircase 32 feet below ground is Paris's most buzzed-about semi-private club, Le Silencio. Housed where Molière was allegedly buried and Zola printed "J'accuse", it's of little surprise that the enigmatic...
51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
Oh god, I love this place. The co-owner and head bartender, Sullivan Doh, makes cocktails with classic French spirits such as cognac or armagnac, which have become popular outside of France, and yet French people know very little about them. Le...
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