Bars & Pubs

All the best Paris bars and pubs, including bar reviews and editors’ picks

Best cheap bars in Paris
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Best cheap bars in Paris

Where to booze on a budget – organised by arrondissement

The best tapas and small plates in Paris
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The best tapas and small plates in Paris

Snack and sip at these trendy small plates restaurants, serving everything from Portuguese cheeses to briny oysters.

The best hotel bars in Paris
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The best hotel bars in Paris

Pick your poison and prepare for some seriously good people-watching.

The best bars for beer in Paris
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The best bars for beer in Paris

Blonde or bitter, Belgian or British, beers are in bountiful supply in Paris's bars.

Latest bar reviews

Ground Control
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Ground Control

6000m²(!) space will be open until September 30, 2017

Au Fond du Jardin
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Au Fond du Jardin

A secret leafy terrace somewhere unexpected...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Golden Promise
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Golden Promise

Golden Promise, a hidden whisky bar in 2nd arrondissement. All sounds rather James Bond doesn’t it? Well, that’s not far from the truth. Paris’s first genuine whisky bar with over 1,000 whiskys collected from all over the world, Golden Promise is the fruit of La Maison du Whiskey and the founder of La Maison du Saké, Youlin Ly. You’ll find it via La Maison du Saké on rue Tiquetonne, in ring-to-enter bar downstairs.  The name refers to an iconic type of barley that was used to manufacture some of the greatest single malt whiskeys in the 1960s. Despite being slightly more fallible than other specimens, it gave these bottles a distinct aroma that made them famous. Before you even step in, there's an expectation in terms of quality.  Golden Promise prides itself on being a tasting centre for everything around the drink – the bar has a full menu with over 200 whiskies. The cocktail menu is divided between a short (changing) cocktail list and an interpretation of 5 whiskies (Japanese, Irish, American, Scottish and Taiwanese) taken in one of the following ways: neat, whisky + chaser, and highball. The latter (€11-15) have fallen out of fashion in recent times, but while drinking the Super Nikka "Revivale" blended with Bergamotto Quaglia liqueur, tonic water and thyme which is both refreshing and complex, we think a revival is a-coming. Cocktails are competitively priced at €12-13, and surprisingly good given that the bar’s focus is more the range of whiskies than cocktails. Golde

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Anouk
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Anouk

An impossibly chic find you'll want to keep to yourself.

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The best Paris bars for...

Cocktails
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Cocktails

For dedicated followers of fashion, these hip mixology dens deliver the goods.

Board games
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Board games

From French dictation to Star Wars-themed sushi.

Cheap
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Cheap

Boozing that won't break the bank

Cinema culture
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Cinema culture

Movies and booze.

Tapas
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Tapas

Peanuts are so passé – complement your apéro with these superior nibbles.

Dancing
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Dancing

Because what’s drinking without a dancefloor?

Gay nightlife
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Gay nightlife

The Marais and beyond.

Jazz
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Jazz

Dive bars and jazz clubs celebrating the best in Paris jazz.

Late nights
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Late nights

Where to head for those nights that you never want to end.

Open fires
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Open fires

Almost as warming as whisky.

Sports
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Sports

Alternatie bars that screen sports on a regular basis.

Speakeasies
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Speakeasies

Glam Prohibition-era gems 

Table football
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Table football

Baby-foot!

Tapas
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Tapas

Peanuts are so passé – complement your apéro with these superior nibbles.

Theatre
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Theatre

Encore!

Terraces
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Terraces

Snuggle up at a heated terrace this winter.

Wine
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Wine

Have your grape expectations thoroughly met at these temples to quality vino.