Paris is the city of romance and therefore it’s also the city of inhibition-loosening booze in the form of its famed wine cellars, cocktail joints and beer bars. Paris’s drinking scene is one of the best and most diverse in the world, with speciality wine bars, craft beer bars and cocktail clubs constantly cropping up across the city. You always know where to go in Paris. But beasides the obvious, bars in the french capital have another singularity: they are perfect places to imbibe, since they have beautiful designs.
Narrowing them down to just the best 5 is no easy task, but somehow, it’s done. From establishments in boutique hotels to a speakeasy in a laundromat, these are the best cocktail bars in Paris.
This boldly designed cocktail bar serves inventive concoctions to a trendy clientele. The place has a very cool atmosphere – modern – and the staff is friendly. The décor is surf-inspired, but don’t be mislead into thinking you’ll be walking into a beach bar full of flip-flop clad servers. From behind the bar flowing along the ceiling is a cool and modern interpretation of a sculpted wave.
44 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris
There’s a very subtle 1980s Miami flair at Hero, a Korean fried chicken and cocktail joint. Swedish designer Jeanette Dalrot imparted an element of quirky chic to the three-level space with pastel banquettes, gold sconces, and wall projections featuring snippets from Korean music videos.
289 Rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris
L’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle
If you’re wondering about where to go in Paris, consider this: The relaxed hybrid venue offers sophisticated cocktails as well as a more straightforward wine list, and top-end snacks like foie gras, Italian cheese or a classy plat du jour. Warm and intimate, the small space has an old-world feel, both rough and refined, cluttered with beautiful vintage objects from soda siphons to an old metal cash register.
30 Rue Victor Masse, 75009 Paris
Le très Particulier
Tucked away behind the Montmartre hill, the luxurious Particulier Montmartre hotel bar is a favourite with in-the-know Parisians. Designed by Louis Benech (who also renovated the Tuileries), this lush enclave feels more like a forest thicket than a garden, with its towering trees, wild ferns and patches of creeping ivy. The service is discreet and attentive (as it should be in a hotel of this calibre), while the clientele is an unusual mix of well-heeled older guests and trendy youth.
23 Avenue Junot, 75018 Paris
18 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris
The ground floor restaurant and bar of the sleek and modern design hotel, Bachaumont is the work of the Experimental Group, the talented trio who have proved so instrumental in introducing Parisians to craft cocktail culture when their low-lit and speakeasy-style venues. Restaurant Bachaumont and its bar Night Flight are as cool as the other members of the family. Night Flight is a darker, more romantic and atmospheric space, offering the kind of innovative and strikingly presented drinks we’ve come to expect from the pioneering ECC guys. The attention to detail throughout is superb and the service liquid in its efficiency.
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