Top bars in Paris

Best bars in Paris

Long considered the epitome of style, Paris is perhaps the most glamorous city in Europe. And with that comes a plethora of sparkling bars to enjoy, too.

  1. Le Garde-Robe
  2. Les Marcheurs de Planète
  3. Le Baron Rouge
  4. Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
  5. La Palette
  6. Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
  7. Le Village
  8. La Belle Hortense
  9. Tiger
  10. Chez Camille
  11. Delaville Café

Paris’s fame as the home of decadent, hedonistic nightlife has endured for centuries, and today the city has a vibrant bar scene.

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1. Le Garde-Robe

If you want retro Paris bars, this is the one for you. Animated, cosy bistrot à vins with bare wood floors, retro wallpaper and globe lights. The wines, with many biodynamic and natural choices, are superb.

Vibe: Cosy

Area: Beaubourg and around

2. Les Marcheurs de Planète

Bastille is a fantastic area for bars in Paris. It’s home to a plethora of stylish venues. Les Marcheurs de Planète is a great restaurant/bar with a good old-fashioned Parisian atmosphere: chess tables; books and graphic novels to read; musical instruments dotted about; posters covering the walls (and ceiling); and a friendly, wild-haired owner. More than 150 wines are on offer, plus cheeses, charcuterie and rustic French food at reasonable prices. This is one of the most impressive bars in Paris for sure.

Vibe: Old-fashioned Paris

Area: Bastille

3. Le Baron Rouge

Le Baron Rouge is another Bastille favourite spot. Stallholders and shoppers from the nearby Marché Aligre gather at this glorious old spit-and-sawdust bar à vins for a light lunch or an apéritif. If it’s crowded, join the locals around the barrels outside, lunching on simple platters of saucisson, cheese or fresh oysters (weekends only, in season). Unmissable.

Vibe: Unmissable bar with plenty of nibbles

Area: Bastille

4. Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

In the Latin Quarter, head to Café de la Nouvelle Mairie. Set on a narrow, tree-shaded street near the Panthéon, this contemporary bistro-wine bar has a warm, convivial atmosphere. Small plates and sharing assiettes of cheese or charcuterie (€8-18) can be enjoyed all day, along with bigger mains and a really excellent selection of natural wines.

Vibe: Bistro-wine bar

Area: Latin Quarter

5. La Palette

La Palette is a former Beaux Arts student bar that is always buzzing. Inside decor features are old oil paintings and paint-splattered palettes on the walls; the appealing terrasse is a big draw, too. There’s a short menu of salads, plats and dishes to share.

Vibe: Student drinking spot

Area: St-Germain

6. Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

Rosa Bonheur sur Seine is a lovely, informal Berges de Seine café/bar on a large floating barge, with huge windows, deck seating and cheery, colourful decor. There’s a relaxed vibe, whether you’re after a cocktail, want to pick at tapas (from €4) or feast on oysters (€13 for six). Quai-side seating for landlubbers.

Vibe: Casual bar

Area: Eiffel Tower quarter

7. Le Village

Le Village is a retro little bar-café hidden among the larger pavement cafés on Abbesses. The terrasse is teeny, but the interior is a delight, with gleaming ceramic wall tiles, high stools, huge mirrors and a zinc bar held up by all manner of local habitués. If you’re browsing for cheap holidays to Paris, Montmartre is a cosy area of Paris which is home to some great accommodation.

Vibe: Retro

Area: Montmartre and around

8. La Belle Hortense

At La Belle Hortense, you can sip a glass while reading or chatting in this friendly little wine/champagne bar-cum-bookshop that has a zinc bar and book-lined walls. There’s a snug room with sofas at the back, though you’ll be lucky to get a seat there.

Vibe: Cute wine and champagne bar

Area: The Marais

9. Tiger

Paris’s favourite gin bar - 130 gins and counting - decked out in Scandi wood, retro mosaics, bare bulbs and pot plants, Tiger pulls a laidback young crowd for G&Ts, martinis and other cocktails (from €13). DJs start up as the night proceeds. Simply one of the best bars in Paris.

Vibe: Plenty of gin with Scandi vibes!

Area: St-Germain

10. Chez Camille

Chez Camille is a cool little bar on the slopes of the Butte. With a simple list of drinks, and an effortlessly charming, retro decor - ceiling fans, a few old mirrors, mismatched school tables - it pulls a local crowd who could as easily be enjoying a quiet chat as spontaneously dancing to a playlist dominated by R&B and rockabilly.

Vibe: Hipster

Area: Montmartre and around

11. Delaville Café

The grand staircase, gilded mosaics and marble columns hint at this bar’s former incarnation as a bordello. Delaville Café draws in crowds of pre-clubbers, who sling back a mojito or two before moving on. DJ nights happen on Thursdays to Saturdays.

Vibe: Pre-drinks for your night out

Area: The Opera district

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