Speakeasies + Hidden Bars in Paris

Here are a few speakeasies that will surely get you to start speaking easy, and bars on that narrow side street that make you have to pause to gain confidence to walk (who are we kidding– sprint) down. To get there is like a treasure hunt where booze is the prize. So yes, don an eye-patch and find that booty.

Le Comptoir Général

Neigh­bor­hood: Canal St. Mar­tin. Mood: Afro­cen­tric aban­don. Mad­ness can break out at any moment in just the right way. What you’re get­ting your­self into: unpre­ten­tious danc­ing to music that varies by the night (most like­ly a mix of dance­able Latin hits and club music) and unique trop­i­cal themed cock­tails (not like daiquiris but their own cre­ations using African fruits). Not touristy. Is it worth cross­ing town for: 10/10, oui. How hard is it to get in? The entry is bare­ly marked. It’s a gate that looks like it goes to a dri­ve­way. There, you walk to the end of a dark­ened path (qui­et­ly so as not to dis­turb the neigh­bors) and fol­low the neon.

ADDRESS: 80 Quai de Jemmapes (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Goncourt (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: N/A

DEETS: weird space, cock­tails, danc­ing, hid­den space

INSTAGRAM: @lecomptoirgeneral

Lavomatic

From the out­side, it may look like a laun­dro­mat, but open a door dis­guised as a wash­er and find a cock­tail bar with a fun and quirky envi­ron­ment. Cock­tails are mixed with pre­cise scents and fla­vors to cre­ate drinks with unique har­monies, and they change up the menu every quar­ter to reflect what’s in season.

ADDRESS: 30 Rue René Boulanger (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: République (lines 3, 5, 9, 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: République

DRINKS: cock­tails from 9€, wine 5.5€ a glass/24€ a bottle

FOOD: small dish­es from 8€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +83 8 09 04 40 76

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @lavomatic_paris

L’Épicier

Dis­guised as a small gro­cery store, this speakeasy has a fun Mid­dle East­ern aes­thet­ic; serv­ing drinks in col­or­ful ceram­ic cups and offer­ing small plates of  tra­di­tion­al Mid­dle East­ern foods. Find­ing this hid­den door can be tricky, but those famil­iar with tra­di­tion­al Maghreb cui­sine ingre­di­ents will have an eas­i­er time (hint, hint).

ADDRESS: 24 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Tem­ple (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Tem­ple

DRINKS: cock­tails from 9€, wine 5.5€ a glass/24€ a bottle

FOOD: small dish­es from 8€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: N/A

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @lepicier_paris

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: N/A

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @littlereddoorparis

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. And as a speakeasy, the moody light­ing and a dark­er ambiance lends to its styl­ish aesthetic.

ADDRESS: 23 rue Mazarine (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Odéon (lines 4, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD:Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 46 34 67 73

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @prescriptioncocktailclubparis

Le Très Particulier

With the largest hotel gar­den in the cap­i­tal, Trés Par­ti­c­uli­er boasts refresh­ing cock­tails and lux­u­ri­ous bub­bly. Along with the hotel’s restau­rant, Le Grand Salon, the space feels sophis­ti­cat­ed with flour­ish­ing 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.

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

MÉTRO: Lamar­ck — Caulain­court (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: break­fast 20€, lunch 34€, din­ner 22–95€, brunch 55€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 41 81 40

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

INSTAGRAM: @hotelparticuliermontmartre

Le Bar À Bulles

Nes­tled in the Cité Véron (Cité being one of the sexy French ways of say­ing alley­way), Le Bar À Bulles is a time­less bar hid­den on the roof of the Moulin Rouge in the heart of the seedy/hipster Pigalle dis­trict. Its ter­race is pop­u­lat­ed with Japan­ese maples and inside rests vel­vet bench­es and hang­ing plants. The atmos­phere is cozy and the menu offers brunch on the week­ends. Don’t miss the pho­to booth to immor­tal­ize your night par­ty­ing under the wind­mill of the Moulin Rouge.

ADDRESS: 4Bis Cité Véron (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Place de Clichy (lines 2, 13)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: prices com­ing soon

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: N/A

DEETS: restau­rant bar, not open Mon­day-Tues­day, ter­race, rooftop, week­end brunch, aper­i­tif, tapas, cock­tail bar

INSTAGRAM: @barabullesparis

No Entry

Hid­den inside Pink Mam­ma restau­rant  is this sexy Ital­ian speakeasy. The ambiance is suave and relax­ing and the secrets of the clas­sic Ital­ian cock­tails are flow­ing. If you’re look­ing for some cheesy, deli­cious, authen­tic piz­za and a cock­tail to wash it all down, look no further.

ADDRESS: 20 bis Rue de Douai (9th arr.)

MÉTRO: Pigalle (lines 2, 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Pigalle

DRINKS: cock­tails 12–15

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: N/A

DEETS: cock­tail bar, Ital­ian speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @bigmammagroup

Perruche

Sip cock­tails and enjoy the rooftop gar­den cock­tail bar at La Per­ruche, a lux­u­ry restau­rant in the 8th arrondisse­ment. The restau­rant inside has immac­u­late views with large bay win­dows, but the true views come from the roof where you can see the Eif­fel Tow­er. With beach-chic vibes, the cock­tail bar has cushy yel­low chairs from where you can watch the sun set.

ADDRESS: Print­emps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9th floor (8th arr.)

MÉTRO: Chaussée d’An­tin — La Fayette (lines 7, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD:Palais Gar­nier / Grands Boulevards

PRICE: sharable 12–22€, apps 17–21€, plates 20–38€, sides 9€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 34 01 23

DEETS: restau­rant bar, lunch, din­ner, cock­tail bar, rooftop gar­den, Eif­fel Tow­er view

INSTAGRAM: @perruche_paris

Ice Kube Bar

Shop ‘til you drop then sip ‘til you… are hap­pi­ly tip­sy? Locat­ed on the top of the infa­mous Galeries Lafayette, Ice Cube Bar is a great stop after a day of perus­ing the mall. The 7th floor ter­race has beau­ti­ful views of the Eif­fel Tow­er, the Gar­nier Opéra House, Sacré Coeur, and Notre Dame.

ADDRESS: 40 Boule­vard Hauss­mann 8 ème étage, 9th arrondissement

MÉTRO: Chaussée d’An­tin — La Fayette (lines 7, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Opéra

PRICE: sharable 12–22€, apps 17–21€, plates 20–38€, sides 9€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 42 82 34 56

DEETS: Galeries Lafayette, rooftop ter­race, cock­tail bar, Eif­fel Tow­er views

INSTAGRAM: @kubehotelparis

Le Top at Point Éphémère

With a ter­race on the water and a rooftop bar, trendy Le Top at Point Éphémère is a place to wist­ful­ly look out onto the Canal Saint-Mar­tin and sip a cock­tail. It’s the per­fect place to enjoy the sum­mer while loung­ing in col­or­ful chairs as it is only open in the warm sea­son when it’s nice outside.

ADDRESS: 200 Quai de Valmy (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Louis Blanc (lines 7, 7B)

NEIGHBORHOOD:Canal Saint-Mar­tin

PRICE: 7–13

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 40 34 02 48

DEETS: event space, rooftop bar, by the water, terrace

INSTAGRAM: @pointephemere

Mama Shelter West

AFTER 12 P.M. ONLY: Admire the Parisian sky­line (includ­ing the Eif­fel Tow­er!) with a cock­tail in hand at Mama Shel­ter West’s Rooftop bar. The eighth-floor rooftop bar is the per­fect place to enjoy a late night piz­za or an after­noon snack with its plush white loungers and striped umbrel­las. If you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly frisky, you can even engage in a friend­ly game of ping-pong.

ADDRESS: 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Plaine (15th arr.)

MÉTRO: Porte de Ver­sailles (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Vau­gi­rard

DRINKS: cock­tails 10–14€, cock­tail pitch­er 25/49€, wine 6–13€ per glass, beer 5–9€

FOOD: plates 6–24€, piz­za 11–18€, dessert 8–16€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 70 94 14 14

DEETS: hotel bar, rooftop bar, piz­za, ping-pong table, cock­tail pitch­ers, Eif­fel Tow­er views

INSTAGRAM: @mamashelterpariswest

Auteuil Brasserie

Locat­ed in the heart of the 16th arrondisse­ment, Auteuil Brasserie has a cov­ered rooftop great for win­ter (it’s heat­ed!) or sum­mer cock­tail sip­ping on cush­ioned bench­es. Dis­cov­er deli­cious Ital­ian-inspired cui­sine and share a bur­ra­ta or a piz­za with friends at this trendy brasserie.

ADDRESS: 78 Rue d’Au­teuil (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Michel-Ange Auteuil (lines 9, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bois de Boulogne

DRINKS: wine 4.5–7€ per glass

FOOD: apps 7.5–12.5€, char­cu­ter­ies 8.5–10.5€, main 14.5–30€, piz­za 14.5–18.5€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 71 11 90

DEETS: Ital­ian restau­rant, brasserie, rooftop, ter­race, wine merchant

INSTAGRAM: @auteuilbrasserie

Café A

Enjoy Café A’s ter­race on a sun­ny week­end day while sip­ping a mimosa and absolute­ly crush­ing a pan­cake brunch, or enjoy the indoor cock­tail bar and restau­rant if the weath­er is a bit on the chilly side. Either way, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy com­pa­ny.

ADDRESS: Mai­son de l’Ar­chi­tec­ture, 148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Mar­tin (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Château d’Eau (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Faubourg Saint-Mar­tin

PRICE: brunch 6–15€, apps 8–14€, plates 14–28€, dessert 7–14€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 9 81 29 83 38

DEETS: restau­rant bar, week­end brunch, ter­race, ani­mals not wel­come, event space

Le Montana

Hid­den in plain sight, Le Mon­tana is a hip bar and club that’s known for being ultra-exclu­sive. They boast vault­ed cel­lars with stel­lar DJ per­for­mances after hours, but remem­ber that the bar upstairs is a great place to throw back a few cock­tails before get­ting your dance on. So if you man­age to get in, savor every moment.

ADDRESS: 28 Rue Saint-Benoît (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 63 79 20

DEETS: cock­tail bar, club, danc­ing, exclusive

INSTAGRAM: @hotelmontanaparis

Candelaria

A true taque­ria, Can­de­lar­ia serves up clas­sic tacos and margs in the 3rd arrondisse­ment. And while the food alone is a rea­son to go, behind the taque­ria and through an unmarked door is a secret: a hid­den, low-lit, relaxed cock­tail lounge. It’s a favorite for the younger crowds and you can watch the chefs make their orders in the open kitchen right from the bar.

ADDRESS: 52 Rue de Sain­tonge (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (lines 5, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

DRINKS: cock­tails 12€, beer 8€, cham­pagne 12€ per flute

FOOD: apps 5.5–8€, plates 14€, taco kits 35/65€, tacos 7€, dessert 5.5€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 42 74 41 28

DEETS: cock­tail bar, ter­race, taque­ria, Mex­i­can food, speakeasy

INSTAGRAM: @candelariaparis

Monsieur Bleu

From June to Sep­tem­ber, Mon­sieur Bleu opens its sum­mer ter­race every evening. With exquis­ite house cock­tails and beau­ti­ful bot­tles of rosé, it’s a place to relax and vibe with night­ly live music and a selec­tion of tapas until 3am.

ADDRESS: 20 Avenue de New York (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Tro­cadéro (lines 6, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD:Chail­lot

DRINKS: cock­tails 17–19€, cham­pagne 20–29€ per glass, wine 12–26€ per glass

FOOD: apps 17–25

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 47 20 90 47

DEETS: restau­rant bar, French cui­sine, veg­e­tar­i­an friend­ly, ter­race, tapas, open 6:30p-3a

Moonshiner

Locat­ed in the 11th arrondisse­ment and hid­den inside Da Vito pizze­ria, Moon­shin­er is a speakeasy and cock­tail bar. But the bar isn’t ~just~ hid­den inside the pizze­ria. Rather, it’s hid­den from with­in behind a false fridge door. As one of the first speakeasies in Paris, it takes after the clas­sic Amer­i­can aes­thet­ic with exposed brick, air con­di­tion­ing blast­ing, and low and cozy seating.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue Sedaine (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Bréguet — Sabin (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille/Arsenal

DRINKS: cock­tails 12–14€, beer 5€

FOOD: tapas 7–8€, dessert 7€, din­ner 7–9€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 9 50 73 12 99

DEETS: cock­tail bar, speakeasy, retro jazz

INSTAGRAM: @moonshiner_cocktail_bar

The Shed

Locat­ed on top of the Hotel des Grands Boule­vards, The Shed is a small hid­den rooftop gar­den bar. It’s rus­tic-chic with com­fy pink and red sofas and tables sur­round­ed by green­ery. They have a small but mighty list of cock­tails along with their cham­pagne and wine selection.

ADDRESS: 17 Boule­vard Pois­son­nière (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Bonne Nou­velle (lines 8, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Grands Boule­vards

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 85 73 33 32

DEETS: rooftop bar, tapas, French-Ital­ian cui­sine, hid­den bar, hotel bar

Rosa Bonheur Buttes Chaumont

This park tav­ern is a place to meet new peo­ple, dance to good music, and gob­ble down home­made tapas and wood-fired piz­zas. They alter­nate between live DJs, themed evenings, Sevil­lanas, and tav­ern balls, but it’s always a place of good ser­vice and drinks.

ADDRESS: 2 Avenue de la Cas­cade (19th arr.)

MÉTRO: Botzaris (7B) or Jour­dain (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Buttes-Chau­mont

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 42 00 00 45

DEETS: gar­den, out­door, pub, tav­ern, events

INSTAGRAM: @rosabonheurofficiel

Le Louxor Terrasse

Locat­ed on the third floor of the Loux­or Palais du ciné­ma, this bar has a ter­race that over­looks the Sacré-Coeur and Bar­bès. The bar offers light meals and arti­san wines care­ful­ly select­ed by the house. So whether you take in a movie and then drink, or vice ver­sa, the option will be there.

ADDRESS: 170 Boule­vard de Magen­ta (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Anvers (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Faubourg Saint-Denis

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 44 63 96 98

DEETS: movie the­ater, hid­den bar, light meals

INSTAGRAM: @toitoi_montoit

La Mezcaleria

La Mez­ca­le­ria is a hid­den cock­tail bar with the largest selec­tion of Mez­cal in France. Locat­ed in the 3rd arrondisse­ment, it’s an under­ground bar at the 1K Paris hotel where they offer an authen­tic Oax­a­ca experience.

ADDRESS: 13 Boule­vard du Tem­ple (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Filles du Cal­vaire (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

NUMBER: +33 1 42 71 77 15

DEETS: hid­den bar, mez­cal, restau­rant, cock­tail bar, hotel bar

INSTAGRAM: @lamezcaleriaparis

FrouFrou

Before the show, grab a cock­tail or glass of cham­pagne from FrouFrou, the hid­den bar at Théa­tre Edouard VII. Under the restau­rant, the bar is only open from 5pm until 8:45pm and trans­ports you to an era of yes­ter­year with its chan­de­liers, dark wood walls, and deep red col­or scheme.

ADDRESS: Théâtre Edouard VII, 10 Place Édouard VII (9th arr.)

MÉTRO: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Opéra

PRICE: tbd

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 47 42 92 55

DEETS: restau­rant bar, open Tues­day-Sat­ur­day, hid­den bar, rar­efied ambiance

INSTAGRAM: @froufrouparis

Jacques’ at the Hoxton

Climb up an orig­i­nal 18th cen­tu­ry spi­ral stair­case to access Jacques’, the hid­den cock­tail bar at The Hox­ton. It’s a cozy hide­away with an exten­sive cock­tail menu and tide-you-over snacks. Their inti­mate set­ting has gor­geous flower wall­pa­per and com­fort­able suede lounge sofas to snug­gle into for the night.

ADDRESS: 30–32 Rue du Sen­tier (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Grands Boule­vards (lines 8, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD:  Grands Boule­vards

DRINK: cham­pagne 20/24€ per glass, wine 13€, cock­tails 12–17€

FOOD: 7–10

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 85 65 75 75

DEETS: cock­tail bar, hid­den bar, hotel bar

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