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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.

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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

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

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Réaumur

4th arrondissement

Stolly's

Recommended

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

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Le Marais

5th arrondissement

Le Crocodile

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

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Quartier latin

Le Requin Chagrin

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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

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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

Chez Georges

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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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Odéon

Le Bar Dix

Recommended

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

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Odéon

10th arrondissement

Chez Adel

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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Canal Saint-Martin

Chez Marie

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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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10e arrondissement
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La Pointe du Groin

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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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Gare du Nord

Le Cinquante

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

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Canal Saint-Martin

Le HasBeen

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

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10e arrondissement
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Le Mauri7

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

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Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

Le Zorba

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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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10e arrondissement

11th arrondissement

Café Babel

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

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Saint-Ambroise

La Caravane

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Lively local République watering hole with a fusion food menu

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Folie-Méricourt
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L'Embuscade

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

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Folie-Méricourt
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Mizmiz

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Moroccan restaurant meets bar with music until 4am on weekends

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Folie-Méricourt

Onze Bar

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A little boho bar that seethes with people day and night

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Folie-Méricourt
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13th arrondissement

Le Diamant

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

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Butte-aux-Cailles

Le Merle Moqueur

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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Butte-aux-Cailles
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18th arrondissement

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Marlusse et Lapin

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

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Abbesses

Karambole Café

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

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18e arrondissement
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19th arrondissement

Mama Kin

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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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Jaurès

Bar Ourcq

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

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Jaurès
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20th arrondissement

La Couronne de 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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Belleville

Les Cascades

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

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Belleville
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Stand'art café

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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Ménilmontant
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O’ Paris

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

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Belleville

Now for a free night on the tiles

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