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Divette de Montmartre

Divette de Montmartre

La Divette de Montmartre

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

An old school bar-tabac in the heart of Montmartre, which recalls the beatnik and rock bistros of the 1970s with its table football, ancient stickers, Beatles records and walls covered with old vinyl. Serge, the owner, is a neighbourhood character with a reputation for grumpiness, which the regulars love, and although a little prickly he’s basically a nice guy. His dive doesn’t just attract nostalgics but all rock fans, thanks to the live music put on every Friday. Art and music magazines are piled on the bar, and there are colourful chairs and tables on the terrace outside for sunny days.

  1. 136 rue Marcadet, 18e
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Café la Cigale

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Café la Cigale

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The younger sibling of the mythical concert hall, Le Café de la Cigale is a haunt of arty types on the Boulevard Pigalle, an area little used to seeing trendy bars open up between the sex shops. Philippe Starck and Thierry Costes came together to open this chic, modern and surprising rock’n’roll bar and restaurant – in an industrial space of inner city concrete, Starck has placed small tables under a vast glass ceiling. On the grey walls, the music programme is scrawled in chalk, and artists have also been invited to personalise parts of the place (even the backs of the chairs, decorated with colourful faces by the American Phil Frost). A long wood and glass bar leads to a small stage that plays host underground groups and live surprise acts, also shown on a giant plasma screen. The graphic artist and DJ Uncle O (known for his Shaolin Soul mixes and nights at Toxic) has brought his distinctive touch to the logo and musical selection, which selects from the best of garage, alternative, punk and lo-fi.The Costes imprint is found in the menu and in the old school service. The Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège has ‘cast an eye’ over the menu, which includes various American dishes along with classic brasserie recipes. Fruit cocktails like ‘l’amour’ (vodka, elderberry, apple juice and red fruits) are served in individual shakers so that you can savour every last drop. The external terrace is a good spot to enjoy the sun on the boulevard but gets very crowded even in winter

  1. 124 boulevard de Rochechouart, 18e
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Grand Hôtel de Clermont - Chez Ahmmad

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The bar of Le Grand Hôtel de Clermont has become known as ‘Chez Ahmmad’ thanks to its proprietor, who has manned it for more than 50 years. The warm welcome from Ahmmad and his son is lavished on the local clientele of cheery, cheeky, eccentric old regulars form the neighbourhood. Under the low ceiling is an old-style bar and ageless murals and paintings on the walls. You never get bored here, as it’s a place for animated conversations between the clientele, often with a spot of dancing to the Brazilian funk and jazz soundtrack after a few drinks. Avoid the slightly unsanitary toilets in the courtyard, though they do have amusing drawings on the walls.

  1. 18 rue Véron, 18e
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Le Café du Commerce

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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The Café du Commerce has kept the name of the local gambling hall, which is was before its metamorphosis in 2011. A few partitions have come down, huge walls of mock pebbledash, revealing an enormous space dominated by a handsome bar. Comfortable banquettes sit at the back of the room, and on the walls a series of naïve frescoes of Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge, with pink lighting and vintage gadgets giving a cosy atmosphere in the evening.During the day, the regulars linger over drink their glass of red, leafing through the papers. The lunchtime set menu is affordable, varied and very good, with good value salads and burgers (€10) a la carte. From the first rays of the sun, people gather at the big bay windows and on the terrace above the pavement. The prices are reasonable even if a little more than they generally are in the area (half pint €3, cocktails €7). Wine is a bit more by the glass (€4.60), so stick to the 50cl pichet to share (€17).In the evenings, the bar is rammed during the happy hour from 6pm-10pm (pints from €3.60, cocktails from €5.60) and on until closing. The deal for a pint of Kronenbourg and chips at €7 is a huge success, same for the €9 tasting platters (samosa, goat’s cheese, polenta with broccoli and deep-fried courgettes). The weekends are the same story, with DJs heating up the atmosphere. Thursday night is live gigs, and Sunday night is Brazilian.

  1. 13 rue de Clignancourt, 18e
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No Problemo

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Set back from the great tourist waves battering Montmartre, in a small street hidden at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur, No Problemo is a likeable little bar with a little terrace of just two tables outside. Inside, it's decorated with lamps shaped like portholes, a beautiful big boat propeller on the wall and the coat of arms ‘gastronomic ship’ engraved on the mirrors. This high quality bistro attracts a few tourists who’ve wandered off the beaten track and lots of regulars who have been seduced by their delicious homemade seafood dishes. A la carte, allow around €30 for a three-course meal that could include a dish of squid with chorizo, an amazing fish curry, succulent Roquefort ravioli or a gratin dauphinois. At lunchtimes, the set menu of soup, bruschetta and tarte tatin for €13 is light but restorative, and the salads are also worth trying. There’s live piano music and classic chanson every Thursday from the extremely popular group Les Blondes, so come early if you want to get a table.

  1. 14 rue Charles Nodier, 18e
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La Renaissance

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Likely unknown to anyone not living near the Porte de Clignancourt, La Renaissance is a delightful Belle Epoque bistro well worth a detour. Featured in films ‘Le Mouton Enragé’ and Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’, the 1930s décor has been miraculously conserved. A copper bar makes a lovely curve in the right hand corner, there are period neon lights in the windows, screens between the tables, a mosaic floor, pretty wooden panelling and huge mirrors spotted with age...

  1. 112 rue Championnet, 18e
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Le Supercoin

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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What with Bières Cultes, the Brasserie de La Goutte d’Or and now the very welcoming Supercoin, barley and hops are being celebrated in the 18th arrondissement – a welcome departure for Parisians used to eternal weak demis. Supercoin is all about characterful beers, rock music and having a good time – their motto is ‘artisanal beers and pop culture’. You’ll need more than just one night to test out everything they’ve got on offer, as the beer list is regularly updated­ – there are dozens of bottled...

  1. 3 rue Baudelique, 18e
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Le Mansart

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

With its large terrace and the small army of young, mustachioed men wearing lumberjack shirts that fill it, Mansart wears its hipster credentials proudly – not surprising given its location in the heart of trendy SoPi –South Pigalle. Inside it’s packed, with people elbowing each other to get to the bar, and music so loud it’s hard to make yourself heard when you do get there. Inevitably, it's not particualrly cheap, but it does have table football, rare in Parisian bars – though this gets oversubscribed as well. Unless you've money to burn and sharp elbows, come early to enjoy the beautiful décor over a quiet glass of wine before it gets busy.

  1. 1 rue Mansart, 9e, 75009
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Casa Lola

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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At Casa Lola, you’ve hardly even sat down before everything is on the table. It starts sweet, with jars of jam, butter, lemon curd, chocolate spread and caramel with salted butter – everything arriving quickly in a barrage of spreadable goodness. Then hot drinks, orange or freshly squeezed grapefruit juice follow, then fresh bread and slice of cake (lemon or carrot). If that all sounds a little high in sugar, you can also order from a savoury selection, each dish accompanied by the house coleslaw and onion rings. The bagels (with pastrami or salmon) are served with bacon and scrambled eggs; the fried egg on toast is accompanied by an assortment of Italian and Spanish charcuterie – or try the pastry with egg and beef tartare with fresh herbs. Whether riding the sugar rush or sated and salted, your experience here will leave you with a full stomach and the urge to come back.

  1. 12 rue Francœur, 18e
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Au Clair de Lune

Au Clair de Lune ©Emmanuel Chirache

Au Clair de Lune

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Between Château Rouge and Montmartre, Au Clair de Lune is an unpretentious, lively bar where the locals like to meet for an aperitif and a gossip. The long happy hour runs from 6pm to 10pm, with pints of Stella for €3.50, Leffe for €4.70 or cocktails for €5. A few old posters, orange poufs and some '70s-style tables escaped the recent renovations. We love the neon pink above the old-fashioned counter, the friendly staff who know all their regular customers by name, the hip clientele and, perhaps most of all, the rock bottom prices. One corner of the room is reserved for small groups whilst out the front, a verandah looking onto the street offers high tables and becomes a smoking corner in summer. On sports match nights, the screen attracts a more masculine crowd than usual. Once the televisions are turned off, the funk/soul/reggae is pumped up.

  1. 1 rue Ramey, 18e
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L'Alibi

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L'Alibi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This little bar near the mayor’s office in the 18th is very low-key, but it’s worth a mention because it stands out from so many other Parisian brasseries that, thanks to renovations, have lost their charm. Here, the original features are still intact: the large wood-paneled front window, the chrome counter and the mosaic floor, all of which add to the place’s appeal. Choose your seating from wooden tables and chairs at the front and second-hand sofas at the back; there is no overriding decorative concept, but that's why it works. The friendly, bearded, longhaired waiters listen to rock, metal, funk and soul depending on the evening, while locals of all ages lean up against the bar chatting. Outside, a lovely terrace comes into its own on summer days, especially when the big windows at the front are rolled back to let in the light. The cartoon-paneled toilets will delight comic strip fans.

  1. 11 rue Lapeyrère, 18e
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Les 36 Corneil

Les 36 Corneil

Les 36 Corneil

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This is one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris. Click here to see the full list. Note the address well, because there’s no other sign to indicate the whereabouts of this tapas bar, opened at the end of 2010 by a chap called Cornélius (whence the name). But once you do find your way inside, to the room with its big windows and warm atmosphere, it’s easy to settle in. No pretentious clientele here, but rather the neighbourhood regulars drinking a glass of wine or a bottle à la ficelle (you only pay for what you drink) chosen with the wise counsel of the proprietor...

  1. 36 rue de Rochechouart, 9e
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Le Refuge

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Le Refuge gets its name from its sun-drenched terrace, tucked away between two sets of stairs opposite Lamarck-Caulaincourt station. In winter, heated lamps and covers make it possible to continue eating and drinking al fresco. Inside, a Belle Epoque interior with woodwork, mosaics and huge mirrors is full of authentic Parisian character. The faded, gilded lights match the vast sparkling zinc countertop and the red banquettes, where regulars can often be found chatting over their €1 espresso.Simple bistro food is served between 11am and 11am. On the menu, a vast choice of salads, classic dishes – salmon tartare, leg of lamb with rosemary or burger and chips, oplus seasonal specials like pork cheeks with pumpkin in winter, or seafood pie in summer.There's a set €12 lunch menu and free Wi-Fi. Perfect.

  1. 72 rue Lamarck, 18e
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Le Progrès

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Le Progrès

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Finding an authentic old school bar in Montmartre is a real challenge, especially on the well-beaten tourist trail from Pigalle to La Place du Tertre. Le Progrès is an old-fashioned brasserie that has managed to conserve its charm, and is popular with hip locals and a few lucky tourists, happy to have unearthed a typical Parisian bar.We love its huge, wooden bay windows, through which you can look down into the small, animated square below. The food is reasonably priced and the atmosphere convivial, especially during after-work drinks. The service can be brusque and the food isn't worth the scrum to get a table, so avoid dinner times (12pm-6pm). In winter, the heated seating area is always rammed.

  1. 7 rue des Trois Frères, 18e
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Le Glass

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Opened in trendy So-Pi (South Pigalle) by the team behind Candelaria, Le Glass is all about novelties flown over from the US: special cocktails, mixers with Pisco, ‘Boilermakers’ (a shot followed by a beer) and a wide selection of imported bottled beers, all accompanied by hot dogs and pickles.With a décor of broken mirrors, disco balls and soft lighting, you may get the impression of being in a club rather than a bar, and the small space quickly fills up with the local chic, beautiful crowd. Drinks-wise, we recommend the Tattoo You...

  1. 7 rue Frochot, 9e
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Le Rosie

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Decorated with comfortable armchairs, colourful pattered cushions, coffee tables and low lighting, Le Rosie looks like a stylish ladies' apartment, done out in vintage style by interior architect and set designer Laura Léonard. A magnificent bar in light wood, lit up by designer lighting, is visible from the street.All the young, laid-back waiters are friends of Nicolas Ullmann, a Parisian nightlife guru who had the idea of opening a bar just opposite Maison Muller, where he organises barbecues, parties, short film screenings, garage sales and mini-concerts...

  1. 3 rue Muller, 18e
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Karambole Café

Karambole Café © Chloé Chester

Karambole Café

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Small and cosy with minimalist décor, le Karambole is a bar-restaurant which takes as much care over its music as its tapas, like chorizo croquetas or aubergine rolls with goat's cheese and rosemary (€3 each), as well as daily specials and generous hamburgers. What's more, there's a cool programme of house, minimal, electro and dubstep: DJs and electronic composers from independent and underground labels deliver sharp beats and heavy bass, and funk, soul and hip-hop also feature heavily. Le Karambole Café does a lot to promote contemporary culture...

  1. 10 rue Hégésippe Moreau, 18e
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La Fourmi

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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The terrace of La Fourmi [the ant], whose name is a wink to the nearby concert hall La Cigale [the cicada], is a summer sun-trap for pretty girls with cute haircuts and skimpy dresses, attracting a throng of Pigalle street singers come to serenade their charms. As soon as they launch into song, the venue’s crowd of arty bohos take up position behind the big bay windows of the big main room with its high ceilings and post-industrial décor...

  1. 74 rue des Martyrs, 18e
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Le Blue Note

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Le Blue Note

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The name might lead you to expect a real old-school jazz cub, but this bar-club, open evenings from Friday to Sunday, offers an exclusively Brazilian program of live music. It’s an institution for the Carioca and Paulista communities of Paris who come here to sing some MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), dance some samba and listen to Brazilian jazz. on an average night, two or three successive bands take to the stage and play until 5am. On Saturdays, the headline acts are better known than those playing on Friday...

  1. 13 rue Feutrier, 18e
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Marlusse et Lapin

Marlusse et Lapin

Marlusse et Lapin

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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A stone’s throw from the sex shops of Pigalle and the tourist bars of Montmartre, Marlusse et Lapin seems like a delightful alien. It’s named for the surnames of the couple that run this tiny, completely bonkers bar on the Rue Germain Pilon – they’re always laughing with the elderly Montmartre types who come here to chew the fat with the area’s boho chic habitués. Here, after-hours drinking is a riot, drenched in absinthe and crazy shots that will bring you back again and again to chat with the locals...

  1. 14 rue Germain Pilon, 18e
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Le Kremlin

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A Russian outpost in the middle of Pigalle? It’s not, in fact, a hostess bar, but a rather a super cool new venue that’s been heaving from the word go – it’s difficult to clear a path to the bar through the mob to order one of the fantastic imported vodkas or original cocktails (€8 to €11). The young team aren’t afraid to blast out a good selection of music, or to throw together bold mixtures of local and imported booze. Try the Negroni Lenin (honey-flavoured 42 Below vodka, Gran Classico and Campari), the Red Star...

  1. 6 rue André Antoine, 18e
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Le Café Arrosé

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

On the north side of the hill, this resto-café doesn't feature anything hugely different from most other bistros (red banquettes, menus on blackboards, 1930s tiled floor, zinc bar and contemporary art on the walls), yet there is something inexplicably pleasant about the ambience. Perhaps it's the smiley staff, decent wine list and mouthwatering food (from €12 for a main)...

  1. 123 rue Caulaincourt, 18e
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Saraaba

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Saraaba

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Wandering around the Goutte d’Or area gives you the chance to explore the diversity of African cultures living side by side in épiceries and improvised market stalls. At the heart of this micro-continent, the Saraaba is an activist music bar that supports the promotion and cross-pollination of world cultures through music, art and cinema. The Senegalese owner hosts regular concerts that put the talents and traditions of the African diaspora in Paris on show, along with other world music. Discover kora virtuosos, Mandinka singers, and musicians who fuse mbalax, jazz, funk, salsa and reggae...

  1. 19 rue de la Goutte d'Or, 18e
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Au Rendez-vous des Amis

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This is one of the rare authentic dive bars in Montmartre, despite being slap bang next to that stickiest of tourist honey-traps, the Place du Tertre. Sitting on a terrace on a little cobbled street, around little wrought iron tables with coloured mosaic tops, it’s a bit like being in a rural village. The wine list is all AOC vintages (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, or the guarantee of origin for wines in France) at good prices (€2.70 a glass), which you can order with a cheese or charcuterie board. You can also put the world to rights while leaning on the bar...

  1. 23 rue Gabrielle, 18e
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Le Rock'n'Roll Circus ©Emmanuel Chirache

Le Rock'n'Roll Circus ©Emmanuel Chirache

Le Rock'n'Roll Circus

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Opened by the same crew behind bars UFO and Orange Méchanique in Oberkampf, the Rock’n’Roll Circus brings its winning formula of gritty rock, garage, soul and criminally cheap alcohol to Pigalle, replacing the gaping hole left behind by Le Sancerre (the former rockers paradise on rue des Abbesses) when it changed hands in 2011. You’ll find walls covered in Led Zeppelin LP covers, Frank Zappa photos and film posters but no dance floor! But who needs one when you can strut your funky stuff wherever the mood takes you...

  1. 5 rue André Antoine, 18e
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Le Soleil de la Butte

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Le Soleil de la Butte has two faces: by day, this picturesque restaurant in Montmartre attracts tourists like bees to honey with its sunny terrace at the foot of a set of stairs, away from the pollution and traffic. Later on, it draws the night owls of the neighbourhood in search of a nightcap and on weekends, it stays open until dawn. The menu is affordable, classic Parisian brasserie, making it a good choice for lunch or dinner (the kitchen is open non-stop until 1am). During the week, the room in the basement is rented out to musicians, small theatre companies and comedians...

  1. 32 rue Muller, 18e
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© Camille Griffoulières

Les Taulières

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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“Welcome to Toto’s! A bar where life pisses you off less” is how you are greeted by ‘Les Taulieres’ [the management], Catherine and Nathalie, a lesbian couple who manage this trendy micro-bar on the north face of the Montmartre mound. The regular clientele, straight and gay, are as rock ‘n’ roll as the cocktail menu: dive into the The Femme Fontaine [Juicy Lucy] (vodka-cranberry-strawberry-cointreau), and don’t be afraid to announce the “Raymonde de Saint-Véran turns me on!”...

  1. 10 rue de la Fontaine du But, 18e
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La Famille

La Famille

La Famille

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This little Montmartre restaurant-bar is a well-concealed gem at the head of Rue Trois Frères. With not more than a dozen tables, a relaxed and friendly team and quality background music and a bar always ready to burst, La Famille also offers top-notch fusion cuisine, with innovative flavours and presentation at reasonable prices. Try the marinated salmon rolled in sunflower and poppy seeds with a piperade ice cream on the side, followed by an exceptional sweet and sour boeuf bourguignon with After Eights, and a lemon tart in three savoury segments...

  1. 41 rue des Trois Frères, 18e
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Au Bon Coin

Au Bon Coin

Au Bon Coin

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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This characterful wine bar and restaurant near to the Jules Joffrin Metro station is as friendly as its clientele. The wine list offers a plethora of well-chosen local vintages at all price levels, and for all tastes: light, robust, round, fruity, dry, sweet… and you only have to ask for advice if you’re unsure. There’s no dinner served on weekends, but the rest of the time, this neighbourhood canteen offers affordable specialities from the South-West of France...

  1. 49 rue des Cloÿs, 18e
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Le Sancerre

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Le Sancerre

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

It’s official: Le Sancerre, a once popular rock bar that attracted everyone from alcohol-fuelled transvestites to tourists and local bobos, has cleaned up its act. Gone forever is the cheap beer and trashy music. Instead you’ll find a buzzing 1930’s style café with traditional fare and bourgeois punters who fight for a spot on the terrace. Fans of its former incarnation will undoubtedly be disappointed, but time moves on, and today’s Sancerre is far more suited to Montmartre’s yuppie residents...

  1. 35 rue des Abbesses, 18e
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Andrew Prince
Andrew Prince

Superb guide,thanks,looks like we will be busy in Monmarte