10 hottest bars in Paris
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Bar 228 at Le Meurice
Best hotel bar
A favourite among the Paris elite, the classy Bar 228 is named after its elegant address at Le Meurice Hotel on Rue de Rivoli. With a cosy club feel that combines with warm décor by Philippe Starck, it hasn’t lost its original atmosphere created by leather chairs and crystal decanters. For a stylish, sophisticated setting to share a bottle of Champagne and listen to soft jazz, step back in time and head to Bar 228.
Tel: 33 1 44 58 10 66
Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/le-meurice/restaurants-bars/bar-228/
Experimental Cocktail Club
Make it mixology
Hipsters hang out at this cool bar that serves some of the best cocktails in the city. Forget the basic Cosmopolitan or caiprinha – here you’ll find reinventions of the classics, like the Bee’s Kiss, a balance of Jamaican rum, cream, organic honey and crushed Indonesian pepper. The perfectly mastered Tommy’s Margarita Especial features a 100% agave tequila Arette, making it a far cry from a middle-of-the-road margarita. And, with live DJs and a minimalist setting, you can sip your tipple in style.
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris
Tel: 33 1 45 08 88 09 www.experimentalcocktailclub.com
Tel: 33 1 44 88 24 46 www.lecomptoirgeneral.com/en
Le Comptoir General
For exotic eccentricity
Eclectic and easy-going, Le Comptoir General is a shabby-chic bar exuding charm. Plush red carpets and African souvenirs decorate two huge rooms, while a tropical garden in an enormous greenhouse makes a stylish smokers’ corner. Colonial touches are complemented by curiosities like bird feathers and stuffed animals, while affordable cocktails and Asian cuisine draw in a cool clientele. A soundtrack of jazz and blues adds to the atmosphere – our advice is to arrive early to avoid the queues!
80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
Tel: 33 1 43 66 38 54 www.le-o-paris.com
Le O Paris
Best al fresco views
The defining feature of this fabulous bar and restaurant is its unbeatable view. Feast your eyes upon the whole city, from the Eiffel Tower to the buildings beyond, while allowing your taste buds to feast upon a range of house and top-brand spirits and wines. Sit on the square terrace, surrounded by greenery, and make the most of Happy Hour from 6-8pm Monday to Thursday. For a sightseeing pit-stop, this is the perfect place.
1 Rue des Envierges, 75020 Paris
Tel: 33 1 42 60 07 12 www.caves-legrand.com/en
Legrand Filles et Fils
A taste of wine and culture
The intimate, wood-panelled surrounds of this wine bar in the vinotheque of Caves Legrand is Paris’ most elegant setting for wine tasting. Choose a glass from a huge selection of red, white and rose wines from £7, accompanied by gourmet bites like noir de Bigorre hams, albacore tuna ventresca, Baltic salmon and light, seasonal salads. Alternatively, go all out and pay around £80 for a wine-tasting session that can include fine samples up to a £50,000 Bordeaux Burgundy Grand Cru.
1 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris
Tel: 09 67 29 75 79 www.gossima.fr
Party and ping-pong
Inspired by on-trend ping-pong bars in New York and around Europe, Gossima uses the game as an ice-breaker. Come and have a casual knock-up on the tables, sip a cocktail and make friends in the process. As well as several table-tennis tables in this former garage and hairdressing salon, there are two lively bars, a restaurant and comfy club armchairs. New on the city scene, having only opened in July 2013, this is an up-and-coming favourite that pays homage to famous ping-pong fans like Marilyn Monroe.
4 Rue Victor Gelez, 75011 Paris
Tel: 33 1 42 65 37 86 www.bar-le-forum.com
An iconic experience
Established in 1918 and under the management of the same family since 1931, Le Forum is a historic cocktail bar defined by its encyclopaedic menu. Having won awards such as ‘33rd best bar in the world’, its status is anything but overrated. Upmarket and trendy yet quiet and cosy, it also has an impressive selection of whiskies, while background music is on hand from saloon-style juke boxes. Not the most wallet-friendly venue, it’s still a star in the eyes of Parisians and tourists.
4 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris
Tel: 33 1 58 30 84 68 www.lemotel.fr/home
For lovers of live music
The friendly, almost homely feel of Le Motel suits its location in an alleyway near the Bastille. A mix of music and cocktails make this bar the ideal hangout for fans of electro and pop-rock, where the DJ sets pack out the dance floors at weekends. Head here during Happy Hour, from 6-9pm and bag a seat on one of the comfy sofas before ordering a half-price cheese and meat snacking board. Try a liquid version of the Tarte Tatin, and share your music savvy at one of the regular pop quizzes.
8 Passage Josset, 75011 Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 13 72 93 www.clubraye.com
For old-era ambience
With a 15-euro cocktail menu offering everything from a Singapore Sling to a Brandy Alexander, plus independently produced wines, Club Raye is the serious drinker’s salvation in Paris. Art-deco architecture and furniture will have you feeling you’ve stepped into the 1920s, while old-fashioned yet upbeat service brings you tasty snacking plates. Factor in the patter of piano music and it’s no wonder this place receives rave reviews from travellers across the world.
26 Rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris
Tel: 33 1 53 00 98 95 www.dernierbar.com
Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde
For geeky glamour
Nerd or cocktail conoisseur, it’s hard not to be drawn to this unique oasis of pop culture. It’ll tempt you with its themed drink creations like Jedi Knight and Cosmo Dragon, and if it really were ‘the last bar before the end of the world’, you'd die happy (or drunk) as these cocktails have a kick. Film-lovers, comic fans and video game addicts will all love the buzz of this bar, with its friendly staff and fabulously sci-fi décor.
19 avenue Victoria, 75001 Paris