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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

@ Camille Griffoulières

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

4th arrondissement

Stolly's

Recommended


Full throttle Irish pub in the centre of the Marais

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The Marais

5th arrondissement

Le Teddy's Bar

Recommended


Ample cocktail happy hours from 3.30-8pm and a bar cat called René

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5th arrondissement

6th arrondissement

Chez Georges

Recommended


Vaulted stone wine cellar mixing hip students with the hoi polloi

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St Germain des Prés

Le Bar Dix

Recommended


Sangria dive bar complete with jukebox and pleasantly gruff moustachioed barmen

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St Germain des Prés

10th arrondissement

Chez Adel


Kitsch jazz and world music den doing mean rum and ginger cocktails

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10th arrondissement

Le Mauri7

Recommended


Ugly sexy kitsch with some serious human warmth

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10th arrondissement

Le Zorba

Recommended


Down-to-earth booze-focused bistro open from 5am

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20th arrondissement

11th arrondissement

Café Babel

Recommended


Step into a Matisse-style dreamscape and groove to live jazz, swing and gypsy

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11th arrondissement

La Caravane

Recommended


Lively local République watering hole with a fusion food menu

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11th arrondissement

Mizmiz

Recommended


Moroccan restaurant meets bar with music until 4am on weekends

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11th arrondissement

Onze Bar

Recommended


A little boho bar that seethes with people day and night

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11th arrondissement

UFO

Recommended


Revolutionary caipirinhas and rainbows of crazy shots at the French-American owned bar

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Oberkampf

13th arrondissement

Péniche El Alamein


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

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13th arrondissement

18th arrondissement

Marlusse et Lapin

Recommended


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

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Pigalle

Au Bon Coin

Recommended


An Averyon-style bar and restaurant with bags of character

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18th arrondissement

Karambole Café

Recommended


Cosy and cool, this bar-restaurant takes as much care in its music as its tapas

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18th arrondissement

19th arrondissement

Bar Ourcq

Recommended


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

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Bassin de la Villette

20th arrondissement

Lou Pascalou

Recommended


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

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Ménilmontant

O’ Paris

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

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