The Clandestine Cocktail Bars of Paris
Contrary to popular belief, Paris isn't all red wine and red meat. Instead, a number of super cool and super hip bars are popping up all over the City of Light and the best part is most of them haven’t even been discovered yet. So sit back, grab your poison of choice and get ready to explore the best cocktail bars that Paris has to offer.
Put down the mojito and step away from the caipirinha, because there’s a whole world of cocktails out there! The Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris’ super trendy Montorgueil district is the place to head to expand your cocktail boundaries, with exciting concoctions on offer every night of the week. The club has more than a dash of New York chic about it, with black leather lounge sofas, exposed brick and deep beams and, as a result, is the hip hangout for those in the know.
37 Rue St-Sauveur, Paris, 75002 experimentalcocktailclub.com
Mon-Wed: 6pm-2am / Thurs: 6pm-3am / Fri-Sat: 6pm-4am
At first glance, you might assume that Candelaria is simply a delicious looking Mexican-inspired eatery (we’re not denying that part!), but you’d be overlooking the sultry cocktail den that resides further in. Head towards the back and you’ll be greeted with a modern and colourful bar, filled with quirky mosaics and laid-back revellers enjoying cocktails by candlelight. Enjoy a margarita or three in the chilled out atmosphere but get in there quick – this is a small place that’s making a big name for itself.
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 candelariaparis.com Tues-Sun: 6pm – 2am
With the same unpretentiousness and easy-going cool of a downtown Brooklyn hangout, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Sherry Butt is even in Paris. But Paris it is, and the mash-up of the industrial-feeling concrete walls, the low mood lighting and the sexed-up velvet couches is one that’s a most welcome addition to the French capital. With a menu of only 11 cocktails, each one has been carefully perfected, allowing you to sit back and soak up your surroundings.
20 rue Beautreillis, 75004 sherrybuttparis.com Tues-Sat: 6pm-2am / Sun-Mon: 8pm-2am
Don’t let the name fool you, because, well, it’s not trying to. Formally a hostess bar in the heart of South Pigalle, these days Dirty Dick is a dreamy, tiki-esque Polynesian bar, heavy on the kitsch and on the retro vibes. With floral shirted barmen, carved totem poles, bamboo furniture and a whole plethora of different rums and tropical cocktails on the menu, Dirty Dick is a great place to fulfill your desires for that beachy holiday feeling.
10 rue Frochot, 75009 Mon-Sun: 6pm-2am
Cocktail joint and Soviet-themed aren't two descriptions you’d expect to see side by side, but Le Kremlin is here to defy all your expectations. This understated and ice-cool bar doesn't overdo the Russian connection (besides the red walls and vintage propaganda of course) and instead focuses on delicious vodka-based drinks, in amongst their cocktail menu. With a shabby-chic vibe, helped by the well-chosen flea market furniture and the casually lively atmosphere, Le Kremlin has that ‘hip without trying’ vibe down to a tee.
6 Rue André Antoine, 75018 Every day: 6pm-2am
How to get there
If we've tempted you into the cocktail fantasy of the City of Light, then don’t hesitate a moment longer and get on over to Paris! Charles de Gaulle Airport is less than 20 miles northeast of the city, with the RER "B" train line running right into Paris Gare du Nord in just half an hour. 11 miles south of the city is Paris Orly airport, from which you can reach the centre by Orlyval shuttle train to Antony station, followed by the RER “B” train line.
Where to stay
If you’re likely to feel a little light-headed at the end of a long night of cocktail sampling, a comfortable place to rest your head is undeniably important! Be sure to check out the selection at Expedia, who have some great deals on Paris hotels, whether you fancy a little luxury Right Bank luxury or the artsy and bohemian style of La Rive Gauche.