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The best cheap bars in Paris

Drinking in Paris doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Have browse through our favourite bars for boozing on a budget – and let the games begin.

By Megan Carnegie Brown
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Drinking on a budget in Paris is no mean feat. But among the city's plush wine bars and speakeasies, are some miraculously cheap watering holes. Prepare to dive headlong into the finest Parisian nocturnal hangouts with our list of the best budget bars. All organised by arrondissement so you can quench your thirst wherever the wind may take you. Without breaking the bank.  

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2nd arrondissement

La Cordonnerie

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Réaumur


If you want to experience authentic, come to this old tavern crammed with students and arty types.

4th arrondissement

Stolly's

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Le Marais

There's no-holds-barred Irish pub in the centre of the Marais. Rest assured that the Guinness will flow...

5th arrondissement

Le Crocodile

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Quartier latin

An insider's favourite for cheap drinks, come during happy hour to dabble in the 300-strong cocktail list.

Le Requin Chagrin

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Quartier latin

A winner with students in the area, value reigns in this cosy wooden bar with a 12-beer tasting 'platter' for €12. 

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Le Teddy's Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Quartier latin

Test one of the many cocktails on offer, in one of the longest happy hours from 3.30-8pm. There's also a bar cat called René.

6th arrondissement

Chez Georges

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Odéon

The drinks are cheap and the clientele eclectic in this vaulted stone wine cellar where hip students mix with the hoi-polloi.

Le Bar Dix

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Odéon

Sangria dive bar complete with jukebox and pleasantly gruff moustachioed barmen. A treasure. 

10th arrondissement

Chez Adel
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Chez Adel

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Canal Saint-Martin

Kitsch jazz and world music den doing mean rum and ginger cocktails. One to come to for a Saturday night shin dig. 

Chez Marie

4 out of 5 stars
Clubs 10e arrondissement

Look out for Thursdays in winter when it's 'Be my oyster' with tastings (€16 for a dozen, €10 for a half dozen, with a glass of Sauvignon) to a background of electro. 

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La Cave de l'Entracte

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Faubourg Montmartre

A good time guaranteed in this no-frills bar basement-style bar with a busy events calendar.

La Pointe du Groin

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Diners Gare du Nord

Thierry Breton's restaurant and wine bar; expect bohemian high jinks (there’s a grand piano ready and waiting under the glass roof...).

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Le Cinquante
© Time Out Oliver Knight

Le Cinquante

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Canal Saint-Martin

Funky live music spot down from Canal Saint Martin. Great starting point for bar hopping afterwards. 

Le Hasbeen
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Le HasBeen

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs 10e arrondissement

The perfect neighbourhood cafe, complete with board games, armchairs, charcuterie and cheese.

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Le Mauri7

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

Be prepared to get some serious human warmth in this sardine-like bar on Faubourg Saint-Denis. 

Le Zorba

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs 10e arrondissement

If you're in the mood for a late one, this down-to-earth booze-focused bistro open from 5am to 2am. 

11th arrondissement

Café Babel

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Saint-Ambroise

Step into a Matisse-style dreamscape and groove to live jazz, swing and gypsy
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La Caravane © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
© C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

La Caravane

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Folie-Méricourt

Lively local République watering hole with a fusion food menu
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L'embuscade
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L'Embuscade

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Folie-Méricourt

A cosy place to while away the evening, whose charm lies in being distinctly 'uncool'. 

Le Zéro Zéro

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Saint-Ambroise

Pack to the rafters in this easy-going gem. Dancing obligatory
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Mizmiz

5 out of 5 stars
Clubs Folie-Méricourt

Moroccan restaurant meets bar with music until 4am on weekends
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Onze Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Folie-Méricourt

A little boho bar that seethes with people day and night
Pop In
© Alexandre Marillat

Pop In

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Saint-Ambroise

Paris's temple to indie pop
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13th arrondissement

La Folie en tête
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La Folie en Tête

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Butte-aux-Cailles

Expect to strip off at this sweaty but loveable dive bar
Le Diamant
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Le Diamant

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Butte-aux-Cailles

A totally normal local bar with great prices and a ‘mi casa su casa’ atmosphere – we just keep going back. 

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Le Merle Moqueur
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Le Merle Moqueur

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Butte-aux-Cailles

This Butte-aux-Cailles institution tantalises students and nostalgists with its splendid selection of rums (over 20) and a long list of cocktails. 

Bateau El Alamein
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Péniche El Alamein

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Quartier de la Gare

The boat that rocked: this purple café-bar is just next to Bibliothèque nationale de France

18th arrondissement

Chez Ahmmad
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Grand Hôtel de Clermont - Chez Ammad

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Abbesses

You'll never get bored at this old-style bar, what with its ageless murals on the walls, animated regulars and a spot of dancing to the Brazilian funk and jazz.

Au Bon Coin

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French 18e arrondissement

An Averyon-style bar and restaurant with bags of character
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La Divette de Montmartre

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars 18e arrondissement

An old school bar-tabac in the heart of Montmartre, recalling the beatnik and rock bistros of the 1970s.

Marlusse et Lapin

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Abbesses

Tiny, completely bonkers boozer shared between Montmartre golden oldies and boho chic habitués
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Karambole Café
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Karambole Café

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars 18e arrondissement

Cosy and cool, this bar-restaurant takes as much care in its music as its tapas
Au Clair de Lune
©Emmanuel Chirache

Au Clair de Lune

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Montmartre

Unpretentious lively spot where locals meet for an aperitif and a gossip

19th arrondissement

Mama Kin

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French Jaurès

Expect regular acoustic concerts, inviting jazz manouche, rock, funk, blues and folk groups, or DJs spinning hip hop, reggae, groove and soul. 

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Bar Ourcq

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Jaurès

This busy, buzzy summer terrace transforms into a cosy pouf-strewn bar in winter

20th arrondissement

La Couronne de Belleville

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Belleville

The kind of bar where you can arrive at 4pm and not leave until 2am, where one day you might take your best friend, the next your mum, the next a Tinder date. 

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Les Cascades

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Belleville

A community café hosting sociable events like citizens’ debates, film screenings, writing workshops.

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Lou Pascalou

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Ménilmontant

Come early for a seat at this boho-chic café and arts space
Stand'art café

Stand'art café

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Ménilmontant

A big heated terrace in the winter, a competitive happy hour from 4pm to 10pm (€3.50 pints of Pelforth, a pint of more than decent mojito for €6 and €4.50 cocktails) and it’s open from 7am to 2am.

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O’ Paris

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Belleville

This homely, welcoming spot boasts a pretty staggering view over Paris

Now for a free night on the tiles

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