Where is the best place to go for a drink in Paris? Here’s our list of the hottest spots!

August 2023

Looking for a great place to have a drink in Paris by day or by night? If you have family or friends in tow, are marking a special occasion or just looking to have a great time, our guide to Paris’s trendiest venues will set you on the right track.

Enjoy a leafy outdoor terrace

© Le Bar à Bulles

Le Bar à Bulles (terrace), 4 Cité Véron, 75018 Paris

On a hot day, a coffee on a terrace really hits the spot. Hidden away in the heart of the Cité Véron, just a stone’s throw from the Moulin Rouge, the Bar à Bulles is one of the capital’s best-loved spots.

Its magnificent terrace boasts a relaxing leafy space, offering an easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. This off-the-beaten-track bar is the ideal place to recharge and make the most of some downtime.

The drinks menu is affordable and varied, offering plenty of choice. This unusual terrace bar will enchant you and will be an ideal venue for heading out with friends to sip cocktails, nibble mezze or enjoy brunch in a relaxed setting!

The Bar à Bulles teams also serve a quality, seasonal dishes, which cater to a wide variety of tastes.

Marvel at the panoramic view from a rooftop

toit du bar à bulles
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Le Bar à Bulles (roof), 4 Cité Véron, 75018 Paris

Want to feel on top of the world? Situated above the Bar à Bulles with a view directly over the roof of the Moulin Rouge, discover this timeless venue which is a hit with revellers. The “Toit” at the Bar à Bulles is an exclusive rooftop bar offering a panoramic view of Place Blanche and the famous metro station. From here, you can admire the surroundings while strolling through a garden of fruit trees.

After a visit to the Eiffel Tower or a stroll around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is the perfect spot for some well-deserved downtime! The bar is also the ideal place to share a happy hour drink and tapas with friends.

On summer evenings, weather permitting, the open-air cinema offers the chance to catch a film under the Parisian skies. This great outdoor setting is perfect for a romantic evening.

Savour a glass of wine in a cellar

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Au Petit Rozey, 43 Rue Lemercier, 75017 Paris

Where is the best place to have a drink in Paris for wine buffs? At Au Petit Rozey, of course!

This cosy wine bar in the heart of the Batignolles district is open from Tuesday to Sunday. No reservations are possible, it’s first come, first served.

You will be charmed by this offbeat venue’s original yet offbeat decor – the furniture has been carefully chosen and curated.

The owners have left nothing to chance and are also on hand to help you discover a wide range of wines, including some original biodynamic vintages. You can also enjoy delicious aperitif platters offering carefully selected charcuterie and cheeses from the best producers.

Hitting the dancefloor

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Rosa Bonheur Buttes Chaumont, 2 Avenue de la Cascade, 75019 Paris

Want to have a drink in Paris while having fun on the dance floor? Look no further than Rosa Bonheur, a guinguette offering a distinctly southern French charm. Tucked away in the Buttes-Chaumont district, this establishment has plenty of surprises in store. Get away from it all for an evening thanks to the venue’s great soundtrack and warm, Camargue-style setting.

The menu is copious and offers street food, homemade tapas and pizzas, drinks typical of the south of France, fresh fruit juices and carefully selected wines.

Every week, the Rosa Bonheur team hosts popular themed nights offering a range of different activities – a novel way to enjoy a great night out!

Find the door to a hidden bar

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Lavomatic, 30 rue René Boulanger 75010 Paris.

Looking for an offbeat, understated venue for a drink? Head to Lavomatic, an exclusive bar in Paris’s 10th arrondissement.

This hidden-away bar is based on the concept of the American speakeasies of the 1920s, found in the back of a shop or hotel. To get there, you have to enter a real launderette and go through the back door.

The bar offers an eclectic and eccentric decor as well as mouthwatering cocktails. The venue also serves wines from artisan producers, as well as a range of delicious dishes to share, all cooked on the premises using quality produce. Mixology courses are also available for those interested in learning the basics of cocktail creation.

Sip a cocktail in an authentic setting

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Le Comptoir Général, 84 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris

Fancy taking a trip without leaving Paris? Try the Comptoir Général. The offbeat setting and shabby-chic decor of this venue transport guests back in time.

Located on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, this restaurant-bar serves delicious rum-based cocktails. Simple, traditional seafood dishes are also available.

And if you’re looking for somewhere for lunch at the weekend, the Comptoir Général offers a hearty, satisfying brunch. You can also sit out on the patio or terrace in good weather. The venue is versatile, ideal for both family outings or business meetings!

Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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