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Bars in Bastille

Scruffy dives, jazz clubs and upmarket wine bars all feature in our pick of the best bars near Bastille

© C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

The backstreets and alleys around the Bastille roundabout are packed with bars that fill up every evening with a predominantly young clientele. Discover our pick of the best Bastille bars ranging from scuffy rock dives to upmarket wine bars below.

The best bars in bastille

Charlie

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Two euros don't get you far in the capital: they'll stretch to the cheapest sandwich in Franprix, or one métro trip plus a couple of carambars, but no further. Unless you're hanging out at Charlie, whose owner Charlotte has struck upon the novel idea of selling half pints for the unheard-of price of €2 (or pints for €4). All night long. Music and conversation flow as freely as the brown stuff in this affable joint, where the sofas are comfy and acoustic guitars are laid out for customer use...

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12th arrondissement

Le Réservoir - Mary De Vivo

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Le Reservoir restaurant, bar and club in Paris is found in the city's nightlife quarter between Nation and Bastille and find it you should. This exciting place is an energetic, warm and welcoming place to dine well, dance and hear some pretty fabulous music ranging from jazz and reggae to rock and house. The decor is not cold minimalism, but neo-baroque with wrought iron lighting, gilt furniture, mirrors and candles everywhere and hung with an excellent standard of original art...

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Bastille

Le Red House

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Le Red House, dominated by a majestic bull’s skull hanging over the bar, has the air of a Texan saloon in the middle of Bastille. The clientele are neither uber-trendy nor cattle herders: the crowd is colourful, young, lively, loud and out for a good time. There’s a good live DJ almost every day, spinning rock, punk, funk and electro, and the place never seems to be empty – luckily the venue is huge, with two connected rooms with exposed beams, each equipped with their own bars...

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Bastille

Twenty One Sound Bar

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A hip-hop bar in Paris? The novel Twenty One Sound near Bastille is a temple to American hip-hop – both East and West coasts – but also of dance hall tunes and French rap. Numerous DJs take to the decks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, mixing old school sets and brand new tracks on the powerful sound system. Beautiful girls from the banlieues sway their hips on the dance floor, surrounded by equally beautiful men in an exotic, always friendly atmosphere...

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12th arrondissement

L'Entre Potes

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A play on the word ‘l’entrepôt’, ‘warehouse’, L’Entre Potes (‘between friends’) is a discreet bar full of surprises, from the huge vintage Ripolin paint company sign on the ground floor and the collection of tools that reference the building’s history as an upholstery factory, to the basement, which friendly owner Ali has cleverly decorated with mosaics and panels from an abandoned Métro station. Drinks-wise, L'Entre Potes offers a good selection of affordable cocktails and whiskeys...

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Bastille

Le Zéro Zéro

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The human body really packs down: if you don’t believe us, just check out Zéro Zéro of a weekend. It’s a battle even to open the door to the bar, which squeezes an immoderate number of people into a few square metres. The only solution is to dance along with everybody else, while spilling as little as possible of one’s drink. But if things do go bottoms up and you soak a few shirts, there’s no reason to fear: everyone quickly lets go in this highly charged and celebratory atmosphere...

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Bastille

Ateliers de Charonne

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This spanking new jazz club is the place to see the rising stars of gypsy jazz (jazz manouche). If you want to grab a good spot near the front of the stage, reserve for dinner and the show...

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11th arrondissement

China

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The China is a chic Asian bar-restaurant and gig venue whose exotic décor seems inspired by a 1930s Shanghai colonial club. With padded leather Chesterfield sofas, red walls, dark wood panelling and a black and white checkerboard floor, the shadowy warmth of this lounge is in the best tradition of a British gentleman’s club. Behind a splendid chrome counter, discreet staff prepare distinguished cocktails, like the Hemingway (a visionary alchemy of brown Cuban rum, Cointreau, lime and grapefruit)...

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Eastern Paris

Les Disquaires

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In its newly-renovated, shiny red interior, Les Disquaires’s little stage directly faces the dancefloor and the decks, and temporary exhibitions by Parisian artists decorate the walls around the bar. The venue is a good Bastille quarter bet for enjoying a quality gig over a cocktail or a beer during happy hour, and even music novices will always find something to enjoy in the programme of live jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul...

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Bastille

Pop In

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The temple to indie pop in Paris, Pop In is like a little island of London style in the lively Rue Amelot. Wedging a hip crowd of well-coiffed youth in checked shirts and leather jackets into its cramped space, the bar plays pop-rock from the Beatles to cutting-edge indie groups. On the first floor, there’s an idealised British salon with a piano and old second hand sofas, which is a lovely place for a beer. Illogically, you have to take the stairs from here to reach the underground performance space...

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