6 of the Best Bars to visit in Paris, France
The city of lights attracts millions of visitors each year. In 2013 it had over 15.6 million international visitors. Tourists flock to the city to visit the sights and sites such as the Champs-Élysées with its wide side-walks, luxury shopping and the iconic Arc de Triomphe, as well as visiting the Eiffel Tower among other things and just to be a tourist in this beautiful the city.
A night in Paris would not bring up thoughts of huge parties or insane scenes, but rather taking slow walks down the streets with its romantic atmosphere (well, for the romantic it will). For those who know, however, would know that there are many trendy bars and clubs to go to in Paris, where you can enjoy the company of locals and tourists alike and dive into the culture of this unique city's night scene.
These are some of the best bars to visit when you're in Paris.
1. Experimental Cocktail Club
This place was voted as one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris, it has also received high ratings on TripAdvisor. Started in 2007 and is said to be the original speakeasy in the area that sparked the new-wave-revolution bar trend that includes the Beef Club, Fish Club, Prescription Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor, the Experimental Cocktail Club is an attraction of its own.
Located on rue St-Sauveur, the club changes their cocktail selection on a regular basis. It has an upbeat atmosphere with live DJs and friendly staff that are all well-informed about the drinks selection available. So, don't be afraid to ask for a drink recommendation.
The decor has a classic-urban feel to it with exposed brick walls, a wooden bar counter and an up-right piano. Though, it is quite a small space, so, know that it can get crowded really fast.
They are open from Mondays through Wednesdays from 6pm-2am, Thursdays from 6pm-3am, Fridays through Saturdays from 6pm-4am and close Sundays.
2. Le Coq
Image: Twinkle Tea Cocktail
Le Coq is a venture by London's renowned mixologist Tony Conigliario (of 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse), Thierry Daniel and Eric Frossard. Located around the corner from Place de la Republique, the bar has a short, but creative drinks list that has an emphasis on the floral and aromatic, over sweet and easy-sipping.
The drinks here are complex layered cocktails that are meant to be savored, an example is the Fig Leaf Collins that is made with home-made fig syrup, lemon juice, and gin. They also use French ingredients such as chartreuse and liqueur d'ambrette that give the drinks a uniquely Parisian twist.
The bar itself shouts 70s glamour, with pop art décor and dim lights giving the bar a rock and roll atmosphere. The Black walls and hug monochrome photos (one of Marianne Faithful) only accentuates the rock feel of the place.
Le Coq is also listed as one of the 100 best bars in the world on worldsbestbars.com
They are open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 6pm-2am and close on Mondays.
3. The Hemingway Bar
Another bar that is listed on worldsbestbars.com is The Hemingway Bar. Located at 15 Place Vendome in Paris, at the Ritz, this bar is where Ernest Hemingway spent many hours drinking. So famous was his patronage to the bar that it has been renamed in his honor.
The bartender here is Colin Peter Field, called the “LeBron James of liquor, the Matisse of martinis, the Yves Saint Laurent of gimlets” by the Observer, and also referred to as the best bartender in the world by some. If you decide to pay the place a visit, try the Serendipity, which is Colin's specialty, the drink is made from a smooth blend of Calvados Pay's d'Auge, mint and Champagne. The Mark Cocktail is another drink to try that is made from tequila añejo, fresh cucumber juice and garnished with a slice of apple that is studded with Lebanese sea salt. You can be certain that there are many drinks for you to try here, just choose your poison.
The Hemingway Bar is a small cozy space, perfect for intimate meetings or a quiet sit down with your favorite malt, as you can imagine how the man did it himself. It should be mention though that a cocktail here can go upwards from €23 Euros.
It opens daily from 6.30pm-2am, yes even on Sundays. So, pay them a visit, sit back, relax and enjoy a drink. Don't forget to bring your notebook because who knows, you might get a sudden hit of inspiration.
4. Harry’s New York Bar
Harry's New York Bar is located at 5 rue Daunou in Paris, and is said to be the birthplace of classic cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and French 76. The story goes that in 1911 a New Yorker decided to tear-down his Manhattan bar, only to rebuild it in Paris.
The menu at Harry's has a selection of almost 300 whiskies and a vast selection of beers, to choose from. It is a well-known bar that attracts many tourists that visit the close by Opéra area. Some selections off their menu are like the Harry's Pick Me Up, which is a mixture of Grand Marnier and cognac, champagne and orange juice. The Blue Lagoon drink is made from a mixture of vodka, blue curacao and grapefruit juice. Of course you also have the classics to choose from. The bartender can also make a personalized concoction just for you, if you want something different.
The décor of the bar is classic and gives off a the same vibe. It has become a landmark for Americans and other tourists alike. The bar has jazz concerts every Thursday and Friday nights for upbeat nights. Just note that the atmosphere can be slightly touristy, it is near the Opéra area after all.
Harry's is open daily from 10.30am-4am.
Fun Fact: The famous composer George Gershwin wrote the tune 'An American in Paris' here.
5. Le Bar
Image: Cosmo Drink at Le Bar
If you would like something a little more posh and classic, Le bar at the Four Seasons would be the place to for you.
This bar is all about style, with glittering chandeliers, red velvet chairs and elaborate flower arrangements to welcome their guests. This is the type of place where your martinis would be shaken table-side. Glamour and elegance would be your friends for the evening, when you are having a drink at this posh place.
Their menu also features a snack selection of canapés, petit-fours and a George V blue lobster club sandwich for you to grab a nosh. Though note that this posh place comes with posh prices. Also, it's alright to be dressed smart-casually by day when visiting the bar, but the bar does get dressy by sunset.
Le Bar at the Four Seasons is open Sundays through Thursdays form 10am-1am and Friday & Saturday from 10am-2am.
6. L'Entrée des Artistes
This bar was opened by two friends after having traveled through cities where the cocktail is king, such as London, Berlin and New York. L'Entrée des Artistes is a venue that offers sophisticated cocktails, has a straightforward wine list as well as high-class snacks such as foie gras, Italian cheese and classy plat du jour, among others.
The bar is small with a warm and intimate atmosphere and old-world feel. Decorated with vintage objects from soda siphons to an old metal cash register, it definitely give off that vintage vibe. Frequented by trendy youths and fashionable Parisian, L'Entrée des Artistes seems to be an attraction among the locals.
The music they play here is a mix of hip-hop, jazz, funk, disco and soul. Truly an exciting little place to visit. Again, just note that the bar is small and very popular so don't be surprised if it is packed when you arrive.
L'Entrée des Artistes is closed on Mondays and Sundays, but opens on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7pm-2am, and is located on rue de Crussol in Paris.