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Things we love:

ALL that wine, even the supermarkets have impressive bottles for cheap.
‘Sans Carte’ bars – just tell the bartender what you like and let him decide.
Real speakeasies: no signs and locked doors. We like a challenge.
The taxidermy museum with all sorts of weird animals. Too good.
Paris Syndrome: for some Japanese visitors, the dream of Paris never lives up to the reality, and they go home needing counselling.

Things we wish we’d known:

Cabs are near to impossible to hail, even at the taxi rank.
Your GCSE French will never be good enough, but manners go a long way. Start in French, and they’ll switch.
Strangers should be addressed: Monsieur, Madame and Mademoiselle. Old school.
Vélib. Cheap and 24hrs. Just don’t drink and ride.

Best bars in Paris
Best bars in Paris
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Apicius
Apicius

BarChick loves to make an entrance and entrances don’t get any grander than the one at Apicius. Walk past sculptures in the luxe front garden and up the path to the 18th-century mansion (Luc Besson, of Mr Robo Cop and Read More

Artisan
Artisan

This under-designed space is another example of why BarChick loves the direction Paris is heading. Artisan, which straddles the restaurant-bar divide, is an easy and comfortable spot to gather with friends or fly solo and feel at home. Find a Read More

Bar 228 at Le Meurice
Bar 228 at Le Meurice

Named after the hotel’s address (and a VERY pricey hotel at that), despite the seriously fancy interiors, 228 has a friendly atmosphere. Wooden bar stalls and leather chairs bring out a masculine vibe, but it’s softened with crystal decanters and Read More

Bar Le COQ
Bar Le COQ

What’s black, white and chic all over? Yeah, Le Coq. If you’re all speak-easied out but still like your cocktails served with swag then this place will totes ruffle your feathers. With the founders of Paris’s Cocktail and Spirit Bar Read More

Bones
Bones

Loud music, stripped-back walls, a spiral staircase in the corner, beards, tattoos, mind-blowing food and lots of mezcal. This rock & roll restaurant is like a recipe for how to make BarChick happy. What was once an Irish pub was Read More

Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar

This huge decadent bar, the first of the world-dominating Buddha Bars, is a great place to lull away a day munching on fine sushi and sipping elaborate cocktails. Be warned: with no windows you can easily lose track of time, and lunch Read More

Buvette
Buvette

Imported from New York, you may be expecting something big, brash and American, but Buvette couldn’t be further from that. This bright, breezy bistro in Pigalle feels like a French Provençal cottage with nicely displayed pastries, a basket of squash Read More

Café Moderne
Café Moderne

Bastille is one of the most historic parts of Paris and it’s where you’ll find Café Moderne. You’ll need to walk about 10 minutes from the Place de la Bastille to reach your destination, look out for the monochrome sign Read More

Candelaria
Candelaria

First glance reveals nothing more than a tiny hole-in-the-wall taqueria selling seriously tasty tacos. Don’t be fooled, the real action takes place through the unmarked door in the back, in the secret bar decked out like a stone walled cave Read More

Chez Jeanette
Chez Jeanette

This is the cool kids’ hangout in the tenth, though sometimes those cool kids are suit-wearing media types and scary fashion gals. Squeeze into the red leather booths by day and order a steak sandwich or the plat du jour, Read More

Chez Prune
Chez Prune

Located in the 10th arrondissement, Chez Prune is best described as a ‘bar du quartier’ by the hipster Parisians who hang here. Shabby-chic with mismatched tables, vintage posters and a collection of old clocks and lamps made from flower pots… sound Read More

Clamato
Clamato

As the name suggests the signature drink is a Bloody Caesar, made with their house clamato juice, Fair Vodka and the usual. You’ll want one of those to wash down the platter of fresh oysters you’ll also be ordering. Trust Read More

CopperBay
CopperBay

The tagline is ‘Mermaids and Magic Potions’. Sold. Turns out the mermaids are the killer team behind this operation – Elfi Fabritius, Aurélie Panhelleux and Julien Lopez are pretty mystical, but don’t go expecting any tails – and the magic Read More

Curio Parlor
Curio Parlor

A trip to Paris isn’t complete without visiting at least one of the ECC bars, and one of our favourites is this stylish left bank drinking den. Once your eyes adjust, you’ll discover a dark and sexy bar, with velour-lined Read More

Dirty Dick
Dirty Dick

Located in Pigalle (Paris’s red light district), your dirty minds might have other ideas about what this joint is, but trust us: it’s a tiki bar. Think Tony Montana style tropical wallpaper, exotic gods, floral shirts, tiger heads and rum. Lots Read More

El Rancho Dominicano
El Rancho Dominicano

If you find yourself on this particular rue chances are you’re bar crawling or seeking a night of straight up debauchery, either way you’re gonna need somewhere cheap, dark and kinda weird to get you in the zone. Enter El Rancho Read More

Experimental Cocktail Club (Paris)
Experimental Cocktail Club (Paris)

Everything good that has happened in Paris’ cocktail scene since 2007 started here. This was Romee de Goriainoff and Pierre-Charles Cros’ first ECC, now found world over, and they’re still smashing it. Hidden down a little alley, the vibe is naturally Read More

Frenchie Wine Bar
Frenchie Wine Bar

Tucked down a little side street, just off Senator is the small but mighty Frenchie empire. There’s a kick ass restaurant, a take away mini version and then the wine bar, which is where you’ll find us. It gets used Read More

George V Hotel Bar, Four Seasons
George V Hotel Bar, Four Seasons

T-shirt and jeans won’t cut it here. Cash is king, and the guests have plenty of it – just check out the bottle of Jeroboam of Louis XIII on the back bar… BUCKS! On BarChick’s last visit we met a Read More

Glass
Glass

The second bar from the team behind the fantastic Candeleria, Glass is yet another example of Paris’ rocking bar scene. Located in Pigalle, famous for the Moulin Rouge, streetwalkers and all kinds of naughtiness, look out for the purple neon Read More

Gocce (hidden inside Professore)
Gocce (hidden inside Professore)

From the moment BarChick walked in, we knew this was something special. This 1950s style upscale diner/bar, with white & green tiles, bare green tables, red cushioned chairs and naked light bulbs, think old school good times when chicks wore Read More

Grazie
Grazie

Cocktails and pizza under one roof is always a winner for BarChick. Grazie is the best of both worlds, an upscale pizza joint with a rocking bar. Note to Pizza Express – this is how it should be done. Stacked Read More

Hotel Costes
Hotel Costes

The bar of this swanky sleeping den is not for the timid. It’s more like being slapped in the face with decadence, and overwhelmed by velvet, brocade, chandeliers, mirrors and beautiful people. Small tables nestled close together and lots of candles Read More

Jefrey's
Jefrey's

Hidden on the same side street as ECC, this cosy little bar is a perfect place to hide away and knock back a couple of rounds of badass concoctions. Don’t let its tiny size fool you; you can’t swing a Read More

Joséphine
Joséphine

Inspired by French singer/dancer Joséphine Baker and 1940s tattoo parlours, this bar has everything you need for a night out: great atmosphere, nice design, delicious and reasonably-priced cocktails (10€ a pop) and good bar snacks. We arrived via the wine bar, Read More

L'Entrée des Artistes
L'Entrée des Artistes

Tiny and candlelit, this new low key bar specialises in delicious cocktails and natural wines. Full of quirky touches: cute ‘cheque-book’ style menu, antique cash register and a back-bar overflowing with rare spirits. This is a bar so interesting that Read More

La Conserverie
La Conserverie

Down a rather unassuming street in the 2nd, you’ll find this hat-trick of a venue. Traditional Japanese restaurant by day, modern European restaurant by night, and awesome cocktails at all hours. Match that with a quirky/sexy/fun decor and eye candy Read More

La Perla
La Perla

La Perla Paris has been around since 1988, which makes it practically ancient
 in Paris bar years. The long, wooden bar takes pride of place next to a giant swordfish…yes, that’s what we said. There’s a kinda Mexican oceanic theme Read More

La Vue
La Vue

This place was recently bought out by Hyatt Hotels, so we’re expecting some major changes soon. Right now, they’ve kept what was Hotel Concorde’s slightly O.T.T. 34th-floor panoramic Bar La Vue.  Sure, purples, pinks and reds usually can look a little garish Read More

Le Ballroom Du Beef
Le Ballroom Du Beef

Another bar from the unstoppable ECC trio, this time there’s steak involved, uh hello! You have two options at this speakeasy-style cocktail bar: either dine at Le Beef Club upstairs (they’ve nabbed Tim Wilson from the Hawksmoor in London), or Read More

Le Bar du Bristol
Le Bar du Bristol

Maxime Hoerth is one of just a handful of people in the world to have a Master Craftsman (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) in cocktails. So you know the stellar team here have their craft down, but they’re super charming to boot. Architect Read More

Le Baron
Le Baron

It may be one of the harder doors to crack in Paris – you either need a secret password, to know the owner or be effortlessly, eye-wateringly cool – but that does make for a certain satisfaction upon entry, like Read More

Le Calbar
Le Calbar

When BarChick first awoke after a recent night out in Paris, we initially thought we had arisen from some kind of dream about cocktails served by hot men in nothing more than shirts, braces and boxers… what a great idea Read More

Le Comptoir Général
Le Comptoir Général

Down a dark passageway off the Canal St Martin, this is a playhouse of the surreal and fantastic, like a secret voodoo temple crossed with a 19th century literary salon. In short, madness. It’s hard to get your head around the Read More

Le Forum
Le Forum

This bar has been around since 1918, and has been owned by the same family since 1931, old enough for ya? This timeless and classic bar has been voted “Best Cocktail bar” in many competitions, both home and away, so Read More

Le Garde Robe
Le Garde Robe

Now with two locations, Barchick visited the original which is located just off the Rue de Rivoli and in a good area for high street stores. While we wouldn’t necessarily call Le Garde Robe a destination bar, we can definitely Read More

Le Mary Celeste
Le Mary Celeste

From the team behind Candeleria, Le Mary Celeste is just a stone’s throw from its older sibling, perfect for bar-hopping. It takes its name from the infamous ghost ship, and once inside you’ll spot subtle nautical touches like the white Read More

Le Perchoir
Le Perchoir

Fancy a killer view, but can’t be f*cked to deal with the hordes of tourists at the Eiffel Tower? Head out to the 11th where this unmarked 7th story roof terrace has 360-degree views of Paris and drinks to boot. Read More

Le Rosebud
Le Rosebud

This place is a Paris institution in the same crew as Harry’s Bar, although at the same time it somehow manages to keep a low profile. Think of it along the lines of Harry’s slightly more underground, arty, jazz-loving younger Read More

Le Sans Souci
Le Sans Souci

By the bright lights of day, this Pigalle joint doesn’t look like much – another neighbourhood brasserie that could use a facelift. Come nightfall, however, and Le San Souci comes alive with Bohos, professionals, artists, internationals and party kids looking Read More

Little Red Door
Little Red Door

Located amongst the galleries and boutiques of Paris’ Haut Marais district, the first thing you’ll notice is, well… its little red door. Good start! Once inside, you’ll find lots of exposed bricks, cosy patchwork armchairs, art installations by the likes Read More

Lockwood
Lockwood

Trust us, this sweet little coffee shop has a few tricks up its sleeves. Owned by the bad boy team of brothers from the super slick Club Silencio and coffee haven Ten Belles, they’ve brought together the best of both Read More

L’Éclair
L’Éclair

We love us a good Parisian pavement café, but until now they’ve been seriously lacking on the cocktail front. Introducing: L’éclair! Somewhere between traditional French café and great little cocktail bar, we can get our people-watching, espresso-drinking fix AND order a Margarita. Even Read More

Park Hyatt Vendôme
Park Hyatt Vendôme

There’s no shortage of legendary, luxe hotel bars in Paris: Hemingway, Plaza Athenee and L’Hôtel to name a few, but the new bar at the Park Hyatt Vendôme stands out as their slicker, younger brother. With a leather bar and Read More

Pasdeloup
Pasdeloup

This place ticks all our boxes. Sure, the Scandi style open kitchen is a winner (more on that later), but don’t get too distracted. The sultry, low lit back room is where it’s at, with its fur throws and deep red Read More

Prescription Cocktail Club
Prescription Cocktail Club

Another bar by the masterminds behind Experimental Cocktail Club so it’s fair to say this place was never going to be bad. The trick is finding it; in true ECC style you’ll need the BarChick app or some hot Parisian Read More

Red House
Red House

When BarChick first stumbled across Red house we thought we might have ended up in Paris, Texas not Paris, France (yes Paris, Texas does in fact exist). There’s a bit of a Wild West saloon feel to the place with the Read More

Sherry Butt
Sherry Butt

Founders Cathleen McGarry and Amaury Guyot have both done their time at Experimental Cocktail Club, so expect good things. The cocktail list rotates regularly, and is superb. We literally ordered the entire menu (“one of each, please,”) and struggled Read More

Silencio
Silencio

When master director of the strange and wonderful, David Lynch, decides to open a night club, you know it’s going to be something special. Everything has been designed and approved by the man himself, from the thousands of gold mandalas Read More

The Fish Club
The Fish Club

The ECC group has pulled it out of the bag yet again. Only a few doors down from Le Beef Club, this Latin American inspired haunt is breezy, densely patterned and feels like summer all the time. Grab a table Read More

Wanderlust
Wanderlust

When you think of river bars in Paris, they’re kinda touristy and overpriced. Well, think again. Wanderlust is a sprawling Seine-side terrace perfect for al fresco partying with the cool kids. It’s brought to you by the people behind Social Club Read More