Bars & Pubs

All the best Paris bars and pubs, including bar reviews and editors’ picks

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The best outdoor bars in Paris

Where to catch a shot of sunshine on the French capital’s finest terraces.

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Secret bars

Come here to eat, drink, dance, rap, be rapped at, unwind to smooth jazz, then start all over again come the early hours.

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Table football bars

The best places to go for a pint and a game or three.

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Bars with board games

Everything from brain-bending French dictation to Star Wars-themed sushi.

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Best gay bars

There's fun to be had any night of the week.

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La Cave de l'Entracte

This no-frills bar in the 10th is the perfect place to grab a casual pint with friends. The ambiance is friendly and the venue’s calendar is full of surprises: the bar might be screening a film one day, and hosting a debate or art exhibit the next. The cave space is charming, but gets packed quickly in the evenings. La Cave de l’Entracte is a popular spot with locals and it’s not just down to the great buzz: drinks prices beat those of other bistros in the area, with a spicy house cocktail setting you back just €5, and pints on tap ranging from €4 to €6. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bespoke

A speakeasy style bar with velvet stylings and a dazzling cocktail menu on the Rue Oberkampf, Le Bespoke has a menu of just twelve cocktails made from carefully selected spirits (Mezcal Vida whisky, Saint George Spirits gin, Vermouth del Professor Rosso whisky and more) (€7-€13). Our favourites include the explosive ‘Capri c’est fini’, an Italian mix of cherry tomato, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar, and the Morning Love, a rum-based cocktail with orgeat syrup, passion fruit and absinthe. Order some tapas to soak it all up, say the cod tartare with avocado pieces (€13), sweet potato chips with a barbecue sauce (€6) A speakeasy style bar with velvet stylings and a dazzling cocktail menu on the Rue Oberkampf, Le Bespoke has a menu of just twelve cocktails made from carefully selected spirits (Mezcal Vida whisky, Saint George Spirits gin, Vermouth del Professor Rosso whisky and more) (€7-€13). Our favourites include the explosive ‘Capri c’est fini’, an Italian mix of cherry tomato, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar, and the Morning Love, a rum-based cocktail with orgeat syrup, passion fruit and absinthe. Order some tapas to soak it all up, say the cod tartare with avocado pieces (€13), sweet potato chips with a barbecue sauce (€6) and fried calamari (€9). 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Le Ballroom du Beefclub

You reach Le Ballroom, another venture from the trio behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, via an unmarked black door and down a spiral staircase beneath the Beefclub restaurant. Here, well beyond signal range, you'll find red brick walls, an ornate tiled ceiling and a gleaming collection of spirits and liqueurs, which all create the perfect setting for this dimly-lit speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Waistcoat-wearing bartenders serve up drinks and banter at the comptoir, or there are Chesterfield sofas at candlelit tables for more intimacy. The drinks menu is on the pricey side, but the mixology delivers – in a sweet and aromatic Fleur des Champs cocktail, for example, a concoction of Citadelle gin, Suze (a hay-infused gentiana liqueur), Peychaud bitters, lemon juice and elderflower cordial. Or maybe a well-dosed classic Sazerac cocktail of Angustora bitters and rye whisky in an absinthe-rinsed glass. If you get peckish, soak up the drinks with a plate of seafood, cold meat cuts, cheese, or even a plate of profiteroles. The eclectic playlist might feature rap, funk, soul or jazz making this an atmospheric place to grab a quiet drink through the week. The secret is out, however, and Le Ballroom gets busy at the weekends.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Lipstick

The Rue Frochot in Pigalle isn't short on cocktail bars, with Lipstick coming hard on the heels of Dirty Dick and Le Glass to up the nightlife ante in this part of town. A former hostess bar (now much classier), Lipstick never forgets it's origins in the historic red light district. Leopardskin banquettes, naughty cocktail names, erotic wallpaper and even a dancing pole make sure of that – and the name, which refers to the red lips on the neon sign of the bar's previous incarnation. They take their mixology seriously now (€8-€12), with happy hour stretching until 10pm, and a hip-hop and electro soundtrack which ensures a hip, if comparatively well-behaved, clientele.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Cocktails

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Tapas

Peanuts are so passé – complement your apéro with these superior nibbles.

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Wine

Have your grape expectations thoroughly met at these temples to quality vino.

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Beer

Beer merchants and craft breweries have got Paris's drinking scene on the hop.

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Late nights

Where to head for those nights that you never want to end.

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Music

Jazz

Dive bars and jazz clubs celebrating the best in Paris jazz.

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Dancing

Because what's drinking without a dancefloor?

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Secrets

Offbeat gems that are overlooked by the mainstream.

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Terraces

Sun traps with great views for summer tipples.

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