Beer in Paris

Discover the best bars and shops for buying and drinking beer in Paris with Time Out's guide to beer in the capital

The French live on wine, celebrate with champagne, and crack out the crème de cassis in their mellower moments; yet until recently, their passion for booze didn't quite extend to beer. But in Paris, a new fad for beer merchants and craft breweries is changing things. No longer are thirsty tourists from Nordic countries obliged to make do with ludicrously priced half-pints of Kronenbourg – suddenly suds looms lager than life over the capital's bar scene, as Parisians indulge a newfound obsession with artisanal ales and other malty alternatives to their beloved wine. Never one to turn down a pint or four, Time Out has checked out the best bars and coolest shops for buying and consuming brewskis – we can barley contain our excitement.

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Aux Folies A Belleville drinker’s institution, never empty of local youth imbibing black coffee with their afternoon papers or kicking off the evening with an aperitif or five. The Folies is named after an 18th-century watering hole at the gates of Paris, in then then-rural quarter of Courtille, famous for the annual debauches of the city carnival. Today, the outlook is a little less bucolic – the rows of vines have been replaced by winding streets, but the area still packs a distinct buzz. The packed terrace is the place to be winter and summer, as it’s heated and lit until the last rays of the sun have died away. Finding a chair and a spot to wedge it into is a challenge, but the satisfaction is worth it – and at €2.50 for a beer and €4.50 for a cocktail, it’s no trial to settle down and get in several rounds before closing time. In the evening, red lights go on beneath the bar, and the friendly, efficient staff remain cheerful despite the throng. In summer, the terrace crowds spill out on to the narrow Rue Dénoyez, and on weekends on the semi-pedestrianised street the art galleries set out stalls, bands strike up, and graffiti artists start tending to their frescoes. La Cordonnerie Loitering as it does in the shadows of peep shows and sex shops, for many years this little dive was merely the refuge of locals in search of pleasures less carnal and more alcoholic. Its happy hours offered probably the cheapest pints in Paris, as well as rums and cocktails at minimal prices, i

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The best wine bars

Time Out's guide to the best bars in Paris with outstanding wine lists Le Baron Rouge Le Baron Rouge is a lifeline for food lovers who turn up at the Aligre market just as the stallholders are putting away their wares, and who feel like they might be about to die of hunger. Don’t worry – you can come here to eat, and to slake your thirst for good wine with quality local vintages in a blue-collar bar that has no time for pretentious oenophiles. On Sundays, they also offer oysters with a good Sancerre, or a plate of charcuterie with a good robust red.In this tiny den devoted to the glory of wine, the walls are carpeted with bottles and barrels are stacked from floor to ceiling. If you arrive a little late for after-work drinks, there’s no hope of getting even half an elbow on the bar – you’ll be out on the pavement along with pretty much everybody else. Those locals in the know bring their empty bottles here to fill them direct – and more cheaply – from the barrels. There’s also a good selection of bottles available to take away. Le Lèche Vin This is a typical Parisian bistro that has quickly become a place of pilgrimage. It’s not because the walls are covered with icons, but because a sweet and convivial atmosphere reigns – that of a familial bistro de papa. You won’t find choirs singing here, but groove, jazz and hip-hop sounds, the soundtrack to evenings that don’t always finish in an entirely Catholic manner. The wine list offers a selection of vintages from respected indep

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The best pubs

Find the perfect pint in Paris at one of these great pubs UDO Bar This rowdy neighbourhood bar is like an idealised outpost of Berlin, with its trendy minimal electro soundtrack, easy-going atmosphere, imported beers and, of course, currywurst. Wash it all down generously with the beers on tap – two light and fruity Paulaners, Früh Kolsch and Kölschkranz. There’s also a great range of well-regarded German beers like Triple Cauwe, Rohaus and Jever. And of course there’s always room for a shot of Jägermeister or a Moscow Mule – or rhubarb vodka, if you want to remind yourself of school dinners while drinking. At busy times it can get difficult to make your way between the mismatched tables, or even to find a place to dance – but we like bobbing around in close communion with our neighbours, noisily clinking glasses. Bouillon Belge Opened in 2011, this pub sells only the divine Belgian beverage. Drinkers here will struggle to choose between around a hundred bottled beers, or can opt for one of the ten beers on tap. Fruity, dry, light, strong, blond, amber, brown… all tastes are catered for in the international selection, though naturally Belgian breweries get above-average representation. The young staff are full of enthusiasm for their wares, helping it along with low prices (all draught beers at maximum €3.50), quiz nights and tastings. You might think that the bar would be full to bursting with all the casks, but thanks to ingenious design the basement stays free for chanson

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Shopping for wines and spirits

Five boutiques of excellent vintage La Cave des Papilles Located right in the middle of the bustling Rue Daguerre, you can't miss the lemon-yellow frontage of La Cave des Papilles. The owner, a lover of 'natural' wine, has been operating in Paris for 16 years, and of the 1200 wines on offer, 80% are produced organically, while the rest are more traditional. The owner knows each supplier personally, most of them independent... Wine by One A forward-thinking and playful wine bar. There are no less than 100 varieties on display in self-service cabinets, each with detailed tasting notes available via touchscreen. Bottles are classified according to their robustness, from the lightest whites to the stickiest fortified vintages, via fruity reds and tannic wines. Each client gets a loyalty card (€2 if you don’t want a permanent one)... La Cave de l'Insolite The Cave de l’Insolite (Cellar of the Unusual) is on Rue de la Folie Méricourt ('Mad Mericourt Street'), but the Baraquin brothers (Arnaud and Axel, who used to work for Thierry Faucher at Cave de l’Os à Moelle and Thierry Blanqui at ‘Beurre Noisette’, respectively) aren't crazy, except for good food and wine. Since it opened in 2011, this welcoming restaurant/winery... Le Vin en Tête In the heart of the once-rural Batignolles district, Le Vin en Tête has been supplying wine enthusiasts for over 10 years. Some of its popular featured producers are Michel Augé (Côteaux de Loire), Jean-Michel Stephan (Côte Rôtie), Sébastien Riffaut

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