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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

Bars and pubs

La Cordonnerie

Réaumur
5 out of 5 stars


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

4th arrondissement

Bars and pubs

Stolly's

Le Marais
4 out of 5 stars

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

5th arrondissement

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Le Crocodile

Quartier latin
3 out of 5 stars

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

Bars and pubs

Le Requin Chagrin

Quartier latin
5 out of 5 stars

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

Quartier latin
4 out of 5 stars

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

Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Chez Georges

Odéon
5 out of 5 stars

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

Bars and pubs

Le Bar Dix

Odéon
4 out of 5 stars

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

10th arrondissement

Chez Adel
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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Chez Adel

Canal Saint-Martin
4 out of 5 stars

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

Clubs

Chez Marie

10e arrondissement
4 out of 5 stars

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

Faubourg Montmartre
4 out of 5 stars

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

Restaurants, Diners

La Pointe du Groin

Gare du Nord
4 out of 5 stars

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
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Le Cinquante

Canal Saint-Martin
4 out of 5 stars

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

Le Hasbeen
Le Hasbeen
Bars and pubs

Le HasBeen

10e arrondissement
4 out of 5 stars

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

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Bars and pubs

Le Mauri7

Strasbourg-Saint-Denis
4 out of 5 stars

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

Bars and pubs, Late-night bars

Le Zorba

10e arrondissement
4 out of 5 stars

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

11th arrondissement

Tape Bar

Roquette
4 out of 5 stars

A Rue de la Roquette bar that’s a world away from the madness of rue de Lappe. 

Bars and pubs

UFO

Folie-Méricourt
4 out of 5 stars

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

13th arrondissement

La Folie en tête
© Anna Maréchal / TOP
Bars and pubs, Café bars

La Folie en Tête

Butte-aux-Cailles
5 out of 5 stars

Expect to strip off at this sweaty but loveable dive bar
Le Diamant
© Anna Maréchal / TOP
Bars and pubs

Le Diamant

Butte-aux-Cailles
4 out of 5 stars

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
© Anna Maréchal / TOP
Bars and pubs

Le Merle Moqueur

Butte-aux-Cailles
4 out of 5 stars

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
Karine Desbonnes
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Péniche El Alamein

Quartier de la Gare
4 out of 5 stars

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

18th arrondissement

Chez Ahmmad
(c) Time Out
Bars and pubs

Grand Hôtel de Clermont - Chez Ammad

Abbesses
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Restaurants, French

Au Bon Coin

18e arrondissement
5 out of 5 stars

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

La Divette de Montmartre

18e arrondissement
3 out of 5 stars

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

Bars and pubs, Café bars

Marlusse et Lapin

Abbesses
5 out of 5 stars

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

18e arrondissement
5 out of 5 stars

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

Au Clair de Lune

Montmartre
3 out of 5 stars

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

19th arrondissement

Restaurants, French

Mama Kin

Jaurès
5 out of 5 stars

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

Jaurès
5 out of 5 stars

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

20th arrondissement

Bars and pubs

La Couronne de Belleville

Belleville
3 out of 5 stars

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

Les Cascades

Belleville
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Lou Pascalou

Ménilmontant
5 out of 5 stars

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

Stand'art café

Ménilmontant
3 out of 5 stars

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

Belleville
5 out of 5 stars

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

Now for a free night on the tiles

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