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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.

Written by
Megan Carnegie
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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
  • price 1 of 4


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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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

10th arrondissement

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Canal Saint-Martin
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • 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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

Step into a Matisse-style dreamscape and groove to live jazz, swing and gypsy
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Les Disquaires
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Roquette
  • price 1 of 4

Your best bet for quality live music gigs in Bastille
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Le Zéro Zéro
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Saint-Ambroise
  • price 1 of 4

Pack to the rafters in this easy-going gem. Dancing obligatory
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Mizmiz
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clubs
  • Folie-Méricourt
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

A little boho bar that seethes with people day and night

13th arrondissement

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Butte-aux-Cailles
  • price 1 of 4
This Butte-aux-Cailles institution tantalises students and nostalgists with its splendid selection of rums (over 20) and a long list of cocktails. 

18th arrondissement

Au Bon Coin
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • 18e arrondissement
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4
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
  • price 1 of 4

Tiny, completely bonkers boozer shared between Montmartre golden oldies and boho chic habitués
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19th arrondissement

Péniche Antipode
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Jaurès
  • price 1 of 4

Floating café with plenty of groovy live music offerings
Mama Kin
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Jaurès
  • price 1 of 4
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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4
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. 
La Pétanque
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Belleville
  • price 1 of 4

A slice of the village sweet life next to Ménilmontant metro
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Les Cascades
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Belleville
  • price 1 of 4
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
  • price 1 of 4

Come early for a seat at this boho-chic café and arts space
  • 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
  • price 2 of 4

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

Now for a free night on the tiles

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