Bars in Paris

Whether you want to meet new friends, brood over your novel-in-progress, dance the night away, or just live it up in the City of Light, Paris has bars to suit the most diverse and discerning patrons. You might be surprised to find that many Parisian bars are inside bistros, brasseries, and cafés, but if a more Anglophone experience is what you're seeking, the city offers plenty of classic pubs and bars populated with locals and expats. Parisian bar culture is a direct extension of their café traditions, and you are likely to find all sections of society sharing about their day over a beer, specially mixed cocktail, glass of wine, or dram of spirits. From the high-end to the down and dirty, Paris is a place to eat, drink, and be merry. After a long day of sightseeing, an after-dinner drink might be just what the doctor ordered. Paris has always been a city for writers, artists, and the aspiring, and a couple of its liquor haunts still tell the tale. Rich in history, the Hemingway Bar and Harry's New York Bar are just the right spots for paying homage to your literary forebearers. If glitz and glamour are more your speed, check out Bound Bar or the George V Hotel Bar, also known as Le Bar to the rich and famous. For a wild night with the trendiest you can find, Buddha Bar, La Casbah, and Mondrian are where its it at. And if you'd rather have a low-key but fun time of drink and dancing, La Java Bar and Club is just what you're seeking. For the budget minded traveler, Footsie and La Belle Hortense will be especially appealing. With bars like La Champmeslé for the ladies, and RAIDD for the men, Paris has plenty of nightlife specifically geared toward gay and lesbian travelers as well. Fear not! We've put together the best of the best to ensure your night on the town will be well worth remembering.

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Ritz Bar Vendome

15 Place Vendome

The Ritz's most romantic bar... read more

The Moose

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16 rue des Quatre Vents, 6e

Party the Canadian Way... read more

Sir Winston

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5 Rue de Presbourg

The oldest pub in Paris... read more

Impala Lounge

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2 Rue de Berri

African fun... read more

Casbah (La)

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18-20 Rue de la Forge-Royale

The Orient Express... read more

Le Piano Vache

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8 rue Laplace, 5er

I Vant to Suck Your Blood, but First I'll Have A Cold Beer... read more

Rhumerie (La)

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166 boulevard Saint-Germain

Creole flavours... read more

Espace Dali

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Cool late night café... read more

Harry's New York Bar

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5 rue Daunou, 2e

Big Apple in Paris... read more

Banana Café

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13 rue de la Ferronnerie, 1er

Bird Cage... read more

Musée National des Arts asiatiques Guimet

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6 Place d'Iéna

Large, fashionably designed riverside bar... read more

Favela Chic

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18 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 11e

Everybody Salsa... read more

Buddha Bar

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8 rue Boissy d'Anglais, 8e

In-Crowd Hangout... read more

Mandala Ray

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34 Rue Marbeuf

Dip into Benares!... read more


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62 Rue Mazarine

Electro-chic... read more

Batofar (Le)

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11 Quai François-Mauriac (en face)

Techno afloat by the Seine... read more

Havanita Cafe (Le)

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11 rue de Lappe

Exotica... read more

Coupole (La)

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102 boulevard du Montparnasse

An institution... read more

Barrio Latino

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46 rue du Faubourg St-Antoine, 12e

Latin Fever... read more

Place du Tertre

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A beloved Bohemian dining institution... read more
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