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.
~They try to make me go to Rehab and I say~ …YES! Hidden behind a mirror door in the luxe Hotel Normandy in the 1st arrondissement, there’s a place that will make you sing, thanks to it’s amazing (and CBD infused) drinks. Each one of their complex cocktails is thoughtfully created, inspired by the history of the building (almost 150 years of it, in fact — you know). If you are not in the mood to read, you can also just grab a beer, or a soft — they are CBD infused as well. And since rumour has it that CBD helps with the hangover, you can truly just lie down on one of their (metaphorical) opium beds and simply ~chill out~ the night.
Hidden behind the back door of an Indian restaurant, there’s a patchouli-scented passageway that will take you to aboard the train leaving to a mystifying kingdom of cocktails and naan bread. The inspiration for this place was a story connected to the 1949 Bombay Prohibition Act, times in which those in possession of alcohol could face even 5 years in prison. But the liquer lovers found a solution — a mysterious train, leaving Mumbai every evening at 6 pm, taking its passengers to a neighbourhood state, where the law did not apply. While the alcohol is basically anything but forbidden in Paris, the cocktails in Baranaantaste so good they almost *should* be illegal. They also have a nice selection of liqueurs from around the world, if that whole train story made you want to travel as well.
ADDRESS: 7 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin (10th arr.)
MÉTRO: Strasbourg St. Denis (lines 4, 8, 9) or Jaques Bonsergent (line 5)
From the bad boys responsible for the Mobster Diner burgers, this prohibition-times-inspired bar can only be accessed with a secret code found via an old-school phone booth (are any new-school though? Would be in handy for the times your phone dies, like, in the middle the whole night of bar crawling…). Inside? Art-deco interior and jazz oozing from the speakers. Super secret tip: Carry a copy of The Great Gatsby with you for an extra ~spicy~ evening.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (9th arr.)
MÉTRO: Chaussée d’Antin — La Fayette (lines 7, 9)
Don’t worry if you don’t have a coat, they’ll loan you one. There’s no food and you can basically withstand 25 minutes or so, therefore the setup is thus: 25 euros for 25 minutes and 2 cocktails. Kube Paris is also a fun hotel with a certain open spirit. The surrounding landmarks like le Sacre Coeur and general Montmartre prettiness are also more fun after those 2 sub zero cocktails.
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.
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.)
Located in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, Auteuil Brasserie has a coveredrooftop 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.
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 agreat place to relax and enjoy company.
ADDRESS: Maison de l’Architecture, 148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin (10th arr.)
DEETS: restaurant bar, weekend brunch, terrace, animals not welcome, event space
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.
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.
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.
DEETS: restaurant bar, French cuisine, vegetarian friendly, terrace, tapas, open 6:30p-3a
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.
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.
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.
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.
LaMezcaleria 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.
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.