The best bars for beer in Paris

We seek out the malt of the earth among the capital's bars
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By Time Out editors |
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Blonde or bitter, Belgian or British, beers are in bountiful supply in Paris's bars – you just need to know where to look. We've scouted the best places in the capital to booze on brews; whether you're into black-as-night stouts or amber ales, you'll be well catered for. So load your wallet, line your stomach and hop over to one of the best beer bars in Paris. Or if you're craving the harder stuff, cast an eye over the best cocktails bars in Paris.

The top ten beer bars

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Bars and pubs

Société Parisienne de Bière

icon-location-pin Batignolles

Beer expert Fabien Nahum has been selling his Batignolles-brewed beer from this charming stonewalled shop – ‘cave à bières’ – in the 17th arrondissement for two years. And we're big fans.

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La Fine Mousse
Bars and pubs

La Fine Mousse

icon-location-pin Saint-Ambroise

Run by a team of ‘bièreologues’ who man the twenty or so taps, La Fine Mousse offer plethora of artisanal beers from France, Belgium, Norway and England.

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Bar les Trois Huit bière
Bars and pubs

Les Trois 8

icon-location-pin 20th arrondissement
choose between around eight brews, ranging from the moderately bitter Northmaen Blonde (€4.50 per pint) to the dark and stormy Kernel Export India Porter (€9.50). If beer is the religion at Les Trois 8, heretics are tolerated – a decent range of wines is also on offer.
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Bars and pubs

Le Supercoin

icon-location-pin Mairie du 18e

Supercoin is all about characterful beers, rock music and having a good time – their motto is ‘artisanal beers and pop culture’. You’ll need more than just one night to test out everything they’ve got on offer, as the beer list is regularly updated­ – there are dozens of bottled varieties and some lovely surprises.

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l'express de lyon
Bars and pubs

L'Express de Lyon

icon-location-pin 12e arrondissement

L'Express de Lyon's choice of beers will distract you long enough that you might miss your train from Gare de Lyon if you're not careful. The taps lining the bar bear exotic names (for Paris) of far-flung breweries – Brew Dog's Punk IPA, Craig Allan's Cuvée d'Oscar, a range of De Molens – and the fridge stocks a healthy selection of bottled beers.

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Bouillon Belge © C. Griffoulières
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Bouillon Belge

icon-location-pin 20e arrondissement

This pub sells only the divine Belgian beverage. Drinkers here will struggle to choose between around a hundred bottled beers, or can opt for one of the ten beers on tap. Fruity, dry, light, strong, blond, amber, brown… all tastes are catered for in the international selection, though naturally Belgian breweries get above-average representation.

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Au fût et à mesure
Bars and pubs

Au Fût et à Mesure

icon-location-pin Grands Boulevards

Every table at this spacious bar in Saint-Denis comes equipped with its own beer pump, meaning you can help yourself to pints and halves without even going up to the bar. Everything else is relatively normal, but rather than banter with the barman, you use a pre-paid magnetic card to get the beer flowing.

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49.3
Bars and pubs

Le 49.3

icon-location-pin Roquette

There’s the feeling of a quaint university bar about the interior of the 49.3, all elegant metal stools and brown leather sofas and it offers an impressive 49 different beers in three different categories. Prices rarely exceed €5.50 for a 330ml bottle.

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Troll Café / © Camille Griffoulières
Bars and pubs

Troll Café

icon-location-pin 12e arrondissement

Hidden in a small road near the Bastille in front of Nul Bar Ailleurs, Troll Café serves 120 Belgian beer, in various forms: on tap, bottle, brown, white and amber. The choice is so vast that your best bet is to ask the bartenders for advice on choosing between, for example, bottles from Duvel, Chimay, Orval, Westmalle, Chouffe and even Ch’ti.

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Brewberry
Bars and pubs

Brewberry

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

Sandwiched between the Sorbonne and Ecole Normal Supérieure on rue Pot-de-Fer, is Brewberry, or rather Brewberries, because they come as a pair. On one side, is 300 different types of bottled beer for buying and tasting and on the other, around twenty beers on draft.

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More great pubs in Paris

Bars and pubs

Stolly's

icon-location-pin Le Marais

 Stolly’s is a good bet, a full throttle Irish pub in the middle of the Marais. Here, foreigners and the French mix freely, with plenty of laughter and clinking of glasses in a cheerful, if pretty raucous atmosphere. 

Bars and pubs

Connolly's Corner

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

The oldest Irish pub on the left bank, and one of the three oldest in Paris. Unlike many of its blander contemporaries, Connolly’s Corner could almost be mistaken for an authentic Dublin tavern. 

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Café Titon

icon-location-pin Charonne

Having fallen in love with Germany during a holiday to Berlin, the owners of this café began to import German products and traditions, creating a nice Franco-German ambiance. The success was immediate, attracting devotees of both classic Croque Monsieurs and traditional German currywurst, a German sausage in a curry sauce with crisps. 

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The Lions

icon-location-pin 2e arrondissement

Located at a famous address in the Stock Market quarter, The Lions is a traditional English pub where bankers love to come and de-stress with an after-work drink. 

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Guinness Tavern

icon-location-pin Les Halles

If you fancy a night out with U2, Aerosmith, AC/CD and The Clash pulsing in your ears, the Guinness Tavern in Châtelet foots the bill. This Irish pub draws a multigenerational crew whose love of rock is only surpassed by their love of Guinness and Kilkenny - a pint of which will cost you a whopping 9.50€. On the up-side, there are free concerts ‘til 5am, cheesy karaoke nights  and the bar’s open ‘til 6am, making this a coveted anglophile nightspot.

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The Bombardier Pub

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

Perched the left bank hillock of Montagne Saint-Geneviève, The Bombardier is the place to come to drink stout in peace and to indulge in a bit of nostalgia for the other side of the channel. It's a great find for locals and students in search of quality beer, as long as you're OK with the decor that comes with the adjacent libraries – blackboards around the room announcing the latest sports matches, Monday night student deals and Sunday pub quizzes.

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Bars and pubs, Café bars

Le Piano Vache

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

A useful address in the 5th arrondissement, where the majority of bars sport plasma screens and are filled with tourists, the Piano Vache is a relaxed student bar with a great happy hour from 6pm-9pm. Come here for the relaxed atmosphere and the regular programme of themed nights: Monday is live jazz manouche, Tuesday ’80s night, Wednesday is Goth, Thursday ‘after work’, and Friday and Saturday rock, punk and pop.

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Lizard Lounge

icon-location-pin Le Marais

A genial Marais bar with big windows that look out on to the street. Pushing open the door, you discover a bar full of ex-pats and Marais regulars all bundled together in an incomprehensible brouhaha. For Brits in search of a good beer selection this is a real find, with a long menu of imported bottles complemented by affordable house cocktails during happy hour. 

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Bars and pubs

Le Teddy's Bar

icon-location-pin Quartier latin

Among the many bars strewn around here, we particularly like Teddy’s for its choice of beers and cocktails, its interminable happy hours (from 3.30pm til 8pm) and for its welcoming, low-key atmosphere. It’s good to curl up in the sofas and have one’s back tickled by the leopard-skin-covered walls while sipping the beer of the month, be it a cold Bavaroise or a Trappist Belgian variety.

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Bars and pubs

Académie de la Bière

icon-location-pin Val de Grâce

Since 1964, L'Académie de la Bière has been serving good beer with generous mains throughout the day and until late at night. No need for embellished décor or posh crockery here - it’s rough, simple and efficient. But there’s one thing they don’t scrimp on: the way they serve beer. 

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