From outstanding classics to elaborate concoctions, the Cocktail Bars in Paris know how to rock, sway and produce some of the best cocktails into the wee hours of the morning. We’ve picked out the unrivaled ones that have consistently impressed us with their alcoholic elixirs. So many bars to try, so little time, and that’s why precisely you can rely on this list of the best cocktail bars in Paris.
1. La Candeleria – Experimental Cocktail Bar
In the heart of Marais is a trailblazer of the Parisian underground spots. An antechamber leads to the cocktail bar which also serves delicious taqueria. Access to the main bar is through a small back door after crossing past where delicious tacos sizzle. With an amazing ambiance and with a warm decor of stone, colorful, soft, cushions and fake animal skins, you can try out new drinks. These new concoctions include spicy blends, like their timeless classic, the “Wasp Verte” (Blanco Ocho tequila infused with chilli, cucumber, cilantro, agave, lime) will sure shot make you feel special.
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
2. Le Prescription Cocktail Club
Has both a downstairs bar, and an upstairs bar. The downstairs bar is the perfect place to sit on the stools and watch the bartenders mix drinks. The upstairs has a second bar hidden behind a bookshelf to cater to the bigger crowds on busier nights. Listed under World’s Best Bars 2012, the cocktail list is one of the most spectacular. The drinks are inventive, inspired, and occasionally experimental. The classics exist but it’s the house drinks that are the true heart of this bar. You must try the Gin Gin Mule and you’ll see why we recommend it. It is a wonderful cozy cocktail bar in style : dark, candlelit, soul music, speakeasy vibe, prohibition typeface, bearded hipster bartenders in vests. Too much!
Prescription Cocktail Club
23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris
3. Little Red Door
It is easy to miss this cocktail bar when you’re walking down the street. There isn’t a sign for it, just literally a red door that you enter through. Needless to say, it has an underground vibe to it. The drinks are very much in synchronization with mixology trends with interesting and unanticipated flavors. Little Red Door is a fun, cute, little “speakeasy” cocktail bar on a street in the 3rd Arr.
Little Red Door Cocktail Bar
60 rue Charlot, 75003 PARIS
4. Le Syndicat
A place with a simple doorway, but inside is full of contemporary decor and staff who are very friendly and helpful. The cocktails are splendid. The best part is they use local French stuff rather than imported. Indulge in an aperitif before dinner and you wouldn’t regret it. Worth a detour to Le Syndicat! You can find people from all the ages – eclectic with a school vibe. Definitely recommended.
51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
5. Le Baton Rouge
As the name indicates the ideas, style, and taste come from Baton Rouge and the place is sprinkled with enchanting decor of wood and voodoo objects. Let yourself try different spirits such as Rye and Bourbon at and don’t forget to taste the “Mojito Criollo” composed of rum, fresh lime juice, fresh mint and red wine. Otherwise for some truly original flavors, opt for the “Milk Pelican” based on Bourbon Supreme Denoix, maple syrup with Cajun spices, organic egg yolk, milk and nutmeg. They also have a signature cocktail “Baton Rouge ” with Cognac, Cherry liqueur, Absinthe and Champagne.
Le Baton Rouge
62 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris
6. Lulu White
Listed on World’s Best Bars of 2014. The décor and drinks have a creative edge and the music is appealing. The music is mostly swing, jazz and electronic French music. Make sure you try their take on the Sazerac (a New Orleans staple); the Knock On Wood is a mix of French brandy, réserve Jean de Lillet, salt syrup, Peychauds bitters and a dash of absinthe. Lulu takes good care of you and plays live music on Tuesday especially if you’re the one who loves to go out often early in the week, it could be a nice bet. If you like Jazz, Blues, or Contemporary Folk, Lulu’s Live Evenings are enthused with a strong music theme.
12 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris
7. La Famille
With their signature mojitos and their foie gras as sumptuous as heaven, this bar is highly recommended. Eclectic vibe. Intimate character. The drink arrives at the table, garnished with wacky decorations like a syringe of peach liqueur, built on a base of Caipirinha and suffused with strawberry and Espelette pepper, basil and mango or pear and tarragon. Quite interesting!
41 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris
A floor of tiles, red and black walls, and an amazing homemade red beer that we particularly like, produced in Paris microbrewery The Whale, at an unbeatable price. At this cocktail bar, the quantities served are generous. Oh, and on Friday’s, there is free couscous!
31 Rue de Crussol, 75011 Paris
9. La Mezcaleria
Full of gold and blue tones, this bar embraces its South American culture, but it conveniently located in the Marais district. Enter the 1K hotel, head to the restaurant and then to the kitchen door. Yes, through the kitchens before pushing the heavy velvet curtain behind which hides this very nice mezcal bar. One of the top spots on the Parisian speakeasy map. La Mezcaleria Bar serves Mescal, an alcoholic drink straight from the high, dry desert areas of Mexico, made by fermenting and distilling agave juice. Known as the “forefather of tequila“, its smoky flavor and uplifting effects have been enjoyed for generations.
13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris
10. Signature Bar by Grant’s
There are five artistic themes that were placed in various rooms throughout the building. These themes include “On the Road” which is illustrated by the motorcycles, side cars, and even workers placed around to take the customers pictures. Another theme is called “L S’tnarg”, and is represented by the tables and chairs that are glued to the ceiling. If you are interested in Paris nightlife, but looking for something other than discotheques and nightclubs, than Signature Bar by Grant’s is the place for you. With its stylish decor and casual feel, this bar creates a perfect balance between fun and fancy. Read more here!
Signature Bar By Grant’s
159 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
For other cocktail bars in Paris consider: Glass or Le Baranaan.
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