The best bars for beer in Paris

We seek out the malt of the earth among the capital's bars

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Blonde or bitter, Belgian or British, beers are in bountiful supply in Paris's bars – you just need to know where to look. Below, we've listed the six best places in the capital to booze on brews; whether you're into black-as-night stouts or amber ales, you'll be well catered for. So load your wallet, line your stomach and hop over to one of the best beer bars in Paris.

Our favourite bars for beer

La Fine Mousse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Beer offerings in Paris can be distinctly below par, but thanks to the trend for all things organic and artisanal, a few treasures are emerging from the sea of Stella and Kro: La Fine Mousse is one. It’s run by a team of ‘bièreologues’ who man the twenty or so taps, offering a plethora of artisanal beers from France, Belgium, Norway and England. There are tasting notes on the menu, or you can leave yourself in the capable hands of the bar staff to help you choose from the range that stretches from €3.50 to €10 for 25cl, and from 5% to 10% strength... Read more

  1. 6 avenue Jean Aicard, 11e
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Les Trois 8

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Old clichés die hard: to most, rock bars are where you go to wig out to a bunch of overamped musicians while getting pissed on Kronenbourg and Kanterbrau. That stereotype is now at least half-false, as an increasing number of these music venues begin to branch out into 'quality' brews. Les Trois 8 opened after a renovation in 2013 with a new remit to match its fresh look: instead of cheap lager on tap, its clientele would henceforth sip craft beers and organic wine. The shift toward microbreweries is certainly of a piece with the newly tasteful decor... Read more

  1. 11 rue Victor Letalle, 20e
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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 varieties and some lovely surprises... Read more

  1. 3 rue Baudelique, 18e
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L'Express de Lyon

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Scuzzy, overpriced and crammed full of inconveniently placed suitcases, the bars that line the entrances to big Parisian train stations are rarely conducive to a pleasant evening. L'Express de Lyon is the exception that proves the rule. The venue's hardly a looker, but the choice of beers will detain you long enough that you might miss your train if you're not careful. The taps lining the bar bear exotic names (for Paris) of far-flung breweries – Brew Dog's Punk IPA, Craig Allan's Cuvée d'Oscar, a range of De Molens – and the fridge stocks a healthy selection... Read more

  1. 1 rue de Lyon, 12e
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Bouillon Belge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

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... Read more

  1. 6 rue Planchat, 20e
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Troll Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Oh Belgium, with its crisps shacks and its beers! The Troll Café, hidden in a small road near the Bastille in front of Nul Bar Ailleurs, is a pub that honours the glory of barley malt and hops, well worth the stop for those weary of Amstel. The menu has 120 Belgian beer options, in all their forms: on tap, bottle, brown, white and amber. The choice is so vast that your best bet is to ask the bartenders for advice on choosing between, for example, bottles from Duvel, Chimay, Orval, Westmalle, Chouffe and even Ch’ti. For a really exceptional taste, the bartender... Read more

  1. 27 rue de la Cotte, 12e
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More great pubs in Paris

  1. 16 rue Cloche-Perce, 4e
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  1. 12 rue de Mirbel, 5e
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  1. 34 rue Titon, 11e
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  1. 120 rue Montmartre, 75002
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