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.
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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

Bars and pubs

La Cordonnerie

icon-location-pin Réaumur


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

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4th arrondissement

Bars and pubs

Stolly's

icon-location-pin Le Marais

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

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5th arrondissement

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Le Crocodile

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

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

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Bars and pubs

Le Requin Chagrin

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

Le Teddy's Bar

icon-location-pin 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.

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6th arrondissement

Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Chez Georges

icon-location-pin Odéon

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

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Bars and pubs

Le Bar Dix

icon-location-pin Odéon

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

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10th arrondissement

Chez Adel
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Chez Adel

icon-location-pin 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. 

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Clubs

Chez Marie

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

La Cave de l'Entracte

icon-location-pin Faubourg Montmartre

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

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Restaurants, Diners

La Pointe du Groin

icon-location-pin 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
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Le Cinquante

icon-location-pin Canal Saint-Martin

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

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Le Hasbeen
Le Hasbeen
Bars and pubs

Le HasBeen

icon-location-pin 10e arrondissement

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

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Bars and pubs

Le Mauri7

icon-location-pin Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

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

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Bars and pubs, Late-night bars

Le Zorba

icon-location-pin 10e arrondissement

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

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11th arrondissement

Bars and pubs, Café bars

Café Babel

icon-location-pin Saint-Ambroise

Step into a Matisse-style dreamscape and groove to live jazz, swing and gypsy
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Chez Prosper
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Restaurants, French

Chez Prosper

icon-location-pin Nation

Service with a beaming smile
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Bars and pubs

La Caravane

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

Lively local République watering hole with a fusion food menu
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Les Disquaires

icon-location-pin Roquette

Your best bet for quality live music gigs in Bastille
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Bars and pubs

L'Embuscade

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

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

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Le Zéro Zéro

icon-location-pin Saint-Ambroise

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

Mizmiz

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

Moroccan restaurant meets bar with music until 4am on weekends
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Onze Bar

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

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

Pop In

icon-location-pin Saint-Ambroise

Paris's temple to indie pop
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13th arrondissement

La Folie en tête
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

La Folie en Tête

icon-location-pin Butte-aux-Cailles

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

Le Diamant

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

Le Merle Moqueur

icon-location-pin 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. 

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Bateau El Alamein
Karine Desbonnes
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Péniche El Alamein

icon-location-pin Quartier de la Gare

The boat that rocked: this purple café-bar is just next to Bibliothèque nationale de France
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18th arrondissement

Chez Ahmmad
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Bars and pubs

Grand Hôtel de Clermont - Chez Ammad

icon-location-pin 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.

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Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Au Bon Coin

icon-location-pin 18e arrondissement

An Averyon-style bar and restaurant with bags of character
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

La Divette de Montmartre

icon-location-pin 18e arrondissement

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

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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Marlusse et Lapin

icon-location-pin Abbesses

Tiny, completely bonkers boozer shared between Montmartre golden oldies and boho chic habitués
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Karambole Café
© Chloé Chester
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Karambole Café

icon-location-pin 18e arrondissement

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

Au Clair de Lune

icon-location-pin Montmartre

Unpretentious lively spot where locals meet for an aperitif and a gossip
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19th arrondissement

Restaurants, French

Mama Kin

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Bar Ourcq

icon-location-pin Jaurès

This busy, buzzy summer terrace transforms into a cosy pouf-strewn bar in winter
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20th arrondissement

Bars and pubs

La Couronne de Belleville

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

La Pétanque

icon-location-pin Belleville

A slice of the village sweet life next to Ménilmontant metro
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Bars and pubs

Les Cascades

icon-location-pin Belleville

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

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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Lou Pascalou

icon-location-pin Ménilmontant

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

Stand'art café

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

O’ Paris

icon-location-pin Belleville

This homely, welcoming spot boasts a pretty staggering view over Paris
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Now for a free night on the tiles

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