Cocktails are a whole thing here in Paris right now. There’s something for everyone, from the dark and moody to the pink and fruity. Whatever they’re mixing up, it’s sure to be memorable before it’s potentially forgettable.  (Before we hit, ‘publish’, let’s be sure to add in a ‘Shaken and Not Stirred’ joke here, those are always a good time…)

Sister Midnight

Leop­ard prints, leather mini skirts, edi­ble glit­ter, Iggy Pop blast­ing through the speak­ers, drag queen shows — all that in the small small glam rock cock­tail bar in the mid­dle of kin­da-naughty Pigalle quar­ter. Fair warn­ing — there might be no space between you and the frilly lady­boys work­ing it like homo­erot­ic bal­leri­nas but near­ly get­ting kicked in the face by a drag god­dess bedaz­zled with gen­uine chi­nese crys­tals is part of the charm. So take your inner Fred­die Mer­cury and ride your bicy­cle (or maybe bet­ter take a taxi because the cock­tails here are so good they’re almost dar­ing you to stop after just one (and you lose absolute­ly every time)

ADDRESS:  25, Rue Pierre Fontaine (9th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Pigalle

METRO: Pigalle (line 2, 12)

HOW TO BOOK: online

SEXY FACTOR: who doesn’t like a drag queen (rhetor­i­cal) 10/10 but campy

NUMBER: +33 6 74 39 32 20

DEETS: friend­ly neigh­bor­hood drag queen bar, shows fri­day and sat­ur­day, glam rock vibe

INSTAGRAM: @sis­ter­mid­night­paris

Abricot

This is more than just a peachy (could­n’t stop myself) place with cute inte­ri­or and deli­cious cock­tails. This is a safe, inclu­sive space for those nights out when the girls (or gays, or theys, or any oth­er nice peo­ple) just wan­na have fun. Their menu is ful­ly plant-based, so no wor­ries for those of you search­ing for some veg­an-friend­ly places as well. Still not enough? They also have some fab­u­lous events going on, with con­certs and work­shops avail­able few times a week.

All in all, if you find your­self around the Belleville area (which you absolute­ly should, since it’s super cool, by the way), give those gals a visit.

ADDRESS: 189 Rue Saint-Maur (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Bellevill (lines 2, 11) or Goncourt (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Belleville

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 40 27 82 85

DEETS: cock­tail, plant-based, woman-owned

INSTAGRAM: @abricotbar

Bisou.

No need for menus. This fun lit­tle cock­tail bar is curat­ed for you, your tastes, pref­er­ences, and cur­rent mood. They use sea­son­al ingre­di­ents to bring you a def­i­nite­ly-off-the-menu drink for a tru­ly one of a kind expe­ri­ence. And as you sip, you can rest eas­i­ly know­ing they’re envi­ron­men­tal­ly con­scious, uti­liz­ing every last part of the local pro­duce they use and hav­ing aban­doned the plas­tic straw long ago. We just give adjec­tives as the order. Last time it was ‘arro­gance,’ and our cock­tail had gold flakes on it. Oui.

ADDRESS: 15 Boule­vard du Tem­ple (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Filles du Cal­vaire (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 40 27 82 85

DEETS: cock­tail, zero waste, experiential

INSTAGRAM: @bar_bisou

L’Officine du Louvre 

Sit­tin’ pret­ty right in the luxe Hôtel du Lou­vre, this classy cock­tail bar will be a qui­et sanc­tu­ary in the neigh­bor­hood near the Lou­vre (as with any major world mon­u­ment, full of ~avoid­able~ places to open one’s mouth.) As a trib­ute to Napoleon III and his pas­sion for botany, L’of­ficine’s cock­tails (as well as clas­sic, but far from basic bar snacks) include a vari­ety of herbs, plants and roots — cre­at­ing mix­es that will take you right through that beau­ti­ful peri­od glass roof. Not in the mood for drinking/are Muslim/pregnant/a preg­nant Mus­lim? They offer a vari­ety of mock­tails, as well as every­day tea time pause and fan­cy brunch on the week­ends. Ok, it’s a hotel bar and we nor­mal­ly avoid these in favor of our beloved neigh­bor­hood gin-slinger / neigh­bor­hood hus­t­las’ but the cock­tails were BEYOND here. Some of the best. But yeah, lawyers after work vibe because hotel bar. 

ADDRESS: 1 Pl. André Mal­raux (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Lou­vre-Riv­o­li (line 1)

NEIGHBORHOOD:Lou­vre / Riv­o­li / Tuileries

DRINKS:

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 44 58 37 21

DEETS: cock­tail bar, fan­cy, her­bol­o­gy vibe

INSTAGRAM: @hotel­du­lou­vre

Mistinguett

New­ly opened in the Casi­no of Paris build­ing, the restau­rant and cock­tail bar Mist­inguett is a trib­ute to an amaz­ing actress and singer, who, just hap­pened to start her career in ~this very build­ing~, before becom­ing, at some point, the high­est-paid female enter­tain­er in the world (not to men­tion the most pop­u­lar French enter­tain­er of both sex­es). She’s also known from being the first one to sing the clas­sic known as « My Man » (sor­ry, Bar­bra Streisand) as well as from insur­ing her legs for a small for­tune (you may need one as well if you’re wear­ing heels, as the cock­tails are just too good to *not* ask­ing the bar­man to keep them com­ing).

ADDRESS: 16 Rue de Clichy (9th arr.)

MÉTRO: Liége (line 13) or Trinité – d’Esti­enne d’Orves (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Pigalle

PRICE: €€€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 48 74 85 41

DEETS: casi­no, lunch, apero, din­ner, cock­tail bar, posh, old school cool, new

INSTAGRAM: @mistinguettparis

Le Très Particulier

With the largest hotel gar­den in the cap­i­tal, le Trés Par­ti­c­uli­er seduces you with  refresh­ing, next-gen cock­tails and lux­u­ri­ous bub­bly in one of our nev­er-gets-old, favorite sur­round­ings. (It feels pri­vate some­how, like you aren’t jammed up too close to the next table. We appre­ci­ate that.) Along with the hotel’s restau­rant, Le Grand Salon, the space feels sophis­ti­cat­ed with in-your-face (mer­ci) flower bou­quets and soft light­ing. The black and white check­ered floor­ing and red vel­vet chairs sit under a canopy of green­ery, trans­port­ing you into anoth­er time. But first you have to win their esteem by get­ting past the inter­com-door­man and gain­ing entry, giv­ing the place a some­what ‘speakeasy’ vibe — and keep­ing your shrinks in busi­ness as you can scratch your ‘pick-me’ itch for the price of a few cock­tails, which are always cheap­er than a ses­sion with your urbane, Eng­lish-speak­ing, ther­a­pist. So get your alter-ego ready for the ‘who dis?’ response on the oth­er end of the line.  (Per­son­al­ly, EIC Kat Walk­er goes with an obscure world polit­i­cal fig­ure because she dropped out of uni and nev­er quite got over an ex telling her, ‘Well, what if I AM smarter than you?)

ADDRESS: 23 Avenue Junot Pavil­lon D (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Lamar­ck — Caulain­court (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 41 81 40

DEETS: bistro­nom­ic restau­rant, lux­u­ry, cock­tail bar, hotel bar

INSTAGRAM: @hotelparticuliermontmartre

Combat

Com­bat is a local cock­tail bar in the Belleville ‘hood (like one of the 23 ‘Brook­lyns of Paris’ )with a styl­ish inte­ri­or and fun atmos­phere. With con­tin­u­al­ly chang­ing cock­tails, you are sure to expe­ri­ence some­thing new and equal­ly deli­cious with every round. 

Why name a bar, ‘Com­bat’? The neigh­bor­hood was once the site of cock and oth­er ani­mal fights, earn­ing it its name. Gross but long time ago, so no need to feel any­thing but supe­ri­or­i­ty for find­ing it AND know­ing the rea­son the micro-neigh­bor­hood is called Com­bat (its one of those ‘the neigh­bors nev­er once said ‘I live in Com­bat’  and also nev­er looked at the wikipedia so you can sur­prise the French here’ flexes…) 

ADDRESS: 63 Rue de Belleville (19th arr.)

MÉTRO: Pyrénées (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Place Sainte-Marthe / Combat

PRICE:  €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 9 80 84 78 60

DEETS: cock­tail bar

INSTAGRAM: combat.belleville

 

House Garden

With its exposed stone walls, dark stained wood pal­let bar, and hang­ing green­ery, this cock­tail bar feels like a lit­tle indoor gar­den. The spe­cial­ty cock­tails boast un jardin of gar­nish­ing and the food is light and fresh. It’s a friend­ly atmos­phere that’s great for a couple’s out­ing or a small group get togeth­er.

ADDRESS: 8 Rue Richard Lenoir (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Charonne (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille / Arse­nal / Roquette

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 7 68 06 28 23

DEETS: cock­tail bar

INSTAGRAM: @housegardenparis

Jefrey’s

Locat­ed in the Mon­torgueil dis­trict, Jefrey’s is what one would expect from a clas­sic whiskey bar: a dark and moody ambiance with warm light­ing. They expert­ly exe­cute the clas­sics while also mix­ing a vari­ety of their own cre­ative cocktails.

ADDRESS: 14 Rue Saint-Sauveur (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Réau­mur-Sébastopol (lines 3, 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen­tier / Cov­ered Pas­sages / Bourse

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions (expect a wait)

NUMBER: +33 1 42 33 60 77

DEETS: cock­tail bar, whiskey bar, dark and moody

The 46 Bar

Locat­ed in the 10th arrondisse­ment, The 46 Bar gives off a New York aes­thet­ic: it’s both chic and warm, and even has a hot­dog on the menu. Boast­ing plates of Iber­ian tapas and veg­etable spreads, this bar uses sea­son­al prod­ucts to cre­ate its food and drink menus.

ADDRESS: 46 Rue René Boulanger (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Jacques Bon­ser­gent (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: République

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER:+33 09 51 26 29 12

DEETS: cock­tail bar, tapas

FiftyFifty

Eco-friend­ly and chic, Fifty­Fifty has a small selec­tion of tapas that pair nice­ly with their intri­cate drinks. They have a bot­tle deposit sys­tem that encour­ages you to bring back bot­tles for reuse or recy­cling, and if you ~must~ return, it doesn’t hurt to sip anoth­er drink. The For­ev­er Young has a cap­ti­vat­ing, secret,  ingre­di­ent — betcha can’t drink just one. 

ADDRESS: 74 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Par­men­tier (line 3) or Couronnes (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 6 20 62 75 02

DEETS: cock­tail bar, tapas, eco-friendly

INSTAGRAM: @fiftyfiftyparis

Rosebud

Locat­ed in Mont­par­nasse, Rose­bud is known for jazzy music and old-school Parisian flair that makes the local artists flock. It’s not uncom­mon to spot celebri­ties every once in a while who come to enjoy the cozy, lowkey atmos­phere and impres­sive cock­tail menu. It’s a place to relax and con­tem­plate rather than drink bois­ter­ous­ly.

ADDRESS: 11 Rue Delam­bre (14th arr.)

MÉTRO: Vavin (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­par­nasse

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 43 35 38 54

DEETS: cock­tail bar, bistro, low-key vibes

INSTAGRAM: @Rosebud_cocktail_bar

 
 
 

Experimental Cocktail Club

A cre­ative cock­tail bar that uses hard to find and vin­tage ingre­di­ents from France. It’s a great place for a night with a few friends in a com­fort­able atmos­phere. With dark pan­el­ing and dim light­ing from beau­ti­ful chan­de­liers, it’s a moody bar boast­ing friend­ly service.

ADDRESS: 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Réau­mur-Sébastopol (lines 3, 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen­tier / Cov­ered Pas­sages / Bourse

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 45 08 88 09

DEETS: cock­tail bar, exper­i­men­tal, vin­tage, moody

INSTAGRAM: @experimentalcocktailclub

La Résistance

Born from the con­tin­u­al change of Parisian neigh­bor­hoods, this cock­tail bar mix­es up deli­cious drinks with exclu­sive fla­vors. With a roar­ing 20s atmos­phere and live music, come in and pair a drink with a sweet and savory cre­ation by their Pas­try Chef David Varnier. 

ADDRESS: 16 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bre­ton­ner­ie (4th arr.)

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1, 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 9 67 59 14 88

DEETS: cock­tail bar, live music

INSTAGRAM: @resistancemarais

Prescription Cocktail Club

If your doc­tor pre­scribed a good night out, look to the left bank where this chic cock­tail bar is locat­ed. They boast inno­v­a­tive house drinks while still mak­ing the clas­sics proud. The moody light­ing and a dark­er ambiance lends to its styl­ish, speakeasy aesthetic.

ADDRESS: 23 rue Mazarine (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Odéon (lines 4, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 46 34 67 73

DEETS: speakeasy, cock­tail bar

INSTAGRAM: @prescriptioncocktailclubparis

Pamela Popo

A retro-chic restau­rant nes­tled in the 4th arrondisse­ment, they have many options for food and drink. You’ll be mes­mer­ized by their vin­tage flower wall­pa­per, quirky light fix­tures, and stacked floor to ceil­ing book­shelves. It’s inti­mate and deli­cious, the best pair­ing for a cozy couple’s night out.

ADDRESS: 15 Rue François Miron (4th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Paul (line 1), Hotel de Ville (lines 1, 11) or Pont Marie (line 7)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 42 74 14 65

DEETS: French restau­rant, retro-chic, cock­tail bar

Little Red Door

Behind a lit­tle red door is a less lit­tle, but still kind of lit­tle, moody cock­tail bar. It’s cozy and invit­ing, serv­ing drinks mixed per­fect­ly with sci­ence, art, and fla­vor per­cep­tion in mind. The exposed brick wall gives it charm, the orig­i­nal menu is play­ful and cre­ative, and it was named one of the top 50 bars in the world.

ADDRESS: 60 Rue Char­lot (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Filles du Cal­vaire (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: -

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @littlereddoorparis

Bluebird

A prime loca­tion for gin and soul music enthu­si­asts, this cock­tail bar has 60’s vibes for days. It’s a place for light­heart­ed fun and yum­my house cock­tails. For warmer days, the out­door tables are per­fect for peo­ple watch­ing while the bar top at night is a great place to min­gle and meet new peo­ple. Plus, they have an aquar­i­um. It’s a win-win.

ADDRESS: 12 Rue Saint-Bernard (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Faid­herbe — Chaligny (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Faidherbe/Charonne/Aligre

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: tbd

DEETS: cock­tail bar, 60s vibes

INSTAGRAM: @bluebird.paris

Le Perchoir Ménilmontant

From the sev­enth floor ter­race, you can see the Sacré-Coeur as you sip your cock­tail. The wood­en tables and cush­ioned bench­es lend to an artis­tic ambiance, and the music makes for a fes­tive ener­gy per­fect for danc­ing. And when the pre-din­ner drinks have been sipped to com­ple­tion, the floor below hosts La Table which has la deli­cious food and an even more exten­sive bev­er­age selec­tion.

ADDRESS: 14 rue Crespin du Gast (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ménil­montant (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: tbd

DEETS: rooftop bar and restau­rant, cock­tail bar

INSTAGRAM: @leperchoir

Le Fumoir

Some cock­tails are more fruit than liq­uid here and we’re okay with that. And with a bar top team­ing with his­to­ry (hint: from Philly’s pro­hi­bi­tion days), they mix drinks with East Coast tra­di­tion and an added Parisian flair. Work­ing with local pro­duc­ers, they switch up their Scan­di­na­vian influ­enced menu week­ly and offer brunch (yay!) on Sun­days.

ADDRESS: 6 Rue de l’Ami­ral de Col­igny (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Lou­vre-Riv­o­li (line 1)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lou­vre / Riv­o­li / Tuileries

DRINKS:

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 42 92 00 24

DEETS: French restau­rant, cock­tail bar, Scan­di­na­vian cuisine

INSTAGRAM: @lefumoirparis

Roxo at Les Bains

Open from Thurs­day to Sat­ur­day, Roxo Bar at five star hotel Les Bains deliv­ers time­less clas­sics and cre­ative house spe­cial­ties. With a shiny red ceil­ing and check­ered floors, the bar is retro-clas­sic and classy whether you sit in a leather booth or at the bar top.

ADDRESS: 7 rue du Bourg L’Abbé (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Éti­enne Mar­cel (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 44 78 34 78

DEETS: cock­tail bar, hotel bar, mod­ern chic

La Caravane

Boast­ing a ful­ly sat­is­fy­ing organ­ic wine list, as well as cock­tails and arti­sanal beers, La Car­a­vane is a live­ly restau­rant and bar. Their chef cooks home­ly cui­sine inspired by pop­u­lar and fam­i­ly dish­es from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. From the ter­race to the rentable gilou, there’s a space for any type of event or small gathering. 

ADDRESS: 35 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Goncourt (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf / Folie-Méricourt

PRICE:  €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 49 23 01 86

DEETS: cock­tail bar, wine cel­lar, tapas

INSTAGRAM: @lacaravaneparis

La Loutre Bar

With a cozy atmos­phere, long light wood­en bench­es, and low tables, La Loutre is the third install­ment of a trio of cock­tail bars by Ani­maux Bars. They lean into the marine aes­thet­ic with otter wall­pa­per (cute!), pink tiling, and a navy blue ceil­ing. Here you can pair house cock­tails with their mediter­ranean tapas as you sit out­side on the ter­race under the Parisian sun. And if you are rolling deep with your posse (and you can all agree on what to drink, at least for one round), they offer their cock­tails by the liter for 42€.

ADDRESS: 46 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Par­men­tier (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

DRINKS: €€

HOW TO BOOK: (for par­ties more than 8) online

NUMBER: +33 1 48 06 05 36

DEETS: cock­tail bar, tapas, Mediter­ranean, terrace

INSTAGRAM: @animauxbars

L’herbarium

Locat­ed in the 3rd arrondisse­ment, L’herbarium is a roof-top bar at L’hôtel Nation­al des Arts et Métiers. With superb views of Paris, the ter­race bar is a great place to enjoy an after­noon drink with friends or just take in the scene and relax. If you wish to remain indoors, the cock­tail bar also boasts a lux­u­ri­ous indoor space.

ADDRESS: 243 Rue Saint-Mar­tin (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Réau­mur-Sébastopol (lines 3, 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

DRINKS: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: + 33 1 80 97 22 80

DEETS: cock­tail bar, hotel bar, terrace

Le Renard Bar

Opened in 2017, La Renard is a foxy cock­tail bar locat­ed in the 10th arrondisse­ment. With deep blue-green walls and a live­ly bar­tend­ing staff, they serve sim­ple and fresh Mediter­ranean tapas along with nine deli­cious sig­na­ture cock­tails. Of course, they can still mix up all your favorite classics.

ADDRESS: 38 Rue de Sam­bre-et-Meuse (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Belleville (lines 2, 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Belleville

DRINKS:

HOW TO BOOK: (for par­ties more than 10) online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 20 07 33

DEETS: cock­tail bar, tapas, Mediterranean

INSTAGRAM: @animauxbars

Dirty Lemon

Locat­ed in the 11th arrondisse­ment, Dirty Lemon is mod­ern and chic. The bar is female-owned and not afraid  serv­ing up boozy week­end brunch­es. Exposed stone walls com­pli­ment the min­i­mal­ist white walls and mar­ble bar top cre­at­ing an invit­ing and hip atmos­phere. When we were there it was a staff birth­day and they shared the desserts with all the guests so that was nice. 

ADDRESS: 24 Rue de la Folie Méri­court (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Ambroise (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 43 38 77 02

DEETS: cock­tail bar, LGBTQ friend­ly, brunch

INSTAGRAM: @dirtylemon.bar

La Poudrière

Locat­ed in the eclec­tic and hip 11th arrondisse­ment, this cozy cock­tail bar does more than mas­ter­ful­ly shake your poi­son of choice: They do cabaret nights and DJ sets.

ADDRESS: 41 Rue Ser­van (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Père Lachaise (lines 2, 3), Voltaire or Saint-Ambroise (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 9 74 73 56 32

DEETS: cock­tail bar, DJs, cabaret

L’ours Bar

Locat­ed in the heart of the 10th arrondisse­ment, L’ours Bar is a relax­ation cock­tail bar. It’s inti­mate and cozy with dim light­ing, exposed stone walls, and raw wood­en bar tops. With a menu that changes every six months, there is often some­thing new to try and their cock­tails are sure to sat­is­fy all palates.

ADDRESS: 8 Rue de Par­adis (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Château d’Eau (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Denis / St. Mar­tin / Pois­son­nière / Paradis

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: (for par­ties more than 15) online

NUMBER: +33 1 45 23 40 06

DEETS: cock­tail bar, tapas, Mediterranean

INSTAGRAM: @animauxbars

Cravan

This tiny café-bar is marked by a red exte­ri­or in the 16th arrondisse­ment, but don’t let the quaint exte­ri­or fool you. The scene, and the menu punch way above the weight the facade would sug­gest. The new­er, sec­ond, loca­tion, in the St. Ger­main-des-Pres quar­ter, spans sev­er­al floors and includes a Riz­zoli book­store in case your suit­case is not heavy enough. 

ADDRESS: 17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine (16th arr.) or 165 Blvd Saint-Ger­main (6th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Passy / La Muette or St. Germain-des-Pres

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

DEETS: top bars

INSTAGRAM: @cravanparis

Castor Club

Hid­den behind a dis­creet store­front, Cas­tor Club has a retro-chic charm any­one can fall in love with. Made entire­ly of wood, the bar has British accents rem­i­nis­cent of a gentlemen’s club, and if you feel like danc­ing, head to the base­ment where there’s always an assort­ment of 50s, 60s, and 70s music play­ing.

ADDRESS: 14 Rue Haute­feuille (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Odéon (lines 4, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Jardin du Luxembourg/Odéon

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 9 50 64 99 38

DEETS: cock­tail bar, hid­den bar, dancing

Harry’s New York Bar

Hailed for cre­at­ing the Bloody Mary (prais­ing their genius!) and French 75, Harry’s New York Bar is said to be the old­est cock­tail bar in Europe (it opened in 1911). With dark wood and dim light­ing, the walls are cov­ered in pho­tos, plaques, and an array of oth­er dec­o­ra­tions. It’s very old, very famous, and they can mix up some very deli­cious drinks.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue Dau­nou (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen­tier / Cov­ered Pas­sages / Bourse

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 42 61 71 14

DEETS: cock­tail bar, dark and moody, whiskey bar

INSTAGRAM: @harrysbar_theoriginal

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