Paris offers a wide array of bars to woo every gal, from the diva to the hipster. To shed some light on the oft-overwhelming list of choices, we’ve compiled a list of our faves and organized them by whim—you never know what you’ll be in the mood for! Consider this your guide to nightlife in Paris to get you out and barhopping à la Parisienne.
47, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, in the 10th Arrondissement. 01 47 70 30 89.
Mon–Sat, 8 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.–2 a.m.
If you’re in a chatty mood, check out Chez Jeannette. This lively restaurant in the colorful Strasbourg Saint-Denis neighborhood hosts a veritable hodgepodge of characters by the time happy hour arrives. Particularly on warmer nights, the clientele spills out onto the cobblestoned streets to commingle with the patrons of neighboring bars. Be sure to sample the wide array of pastis.
47, rue de Montpensier, in the 1st Arrondissement. 01 42 97 54 40.
Lunch, Tues–Fri, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.; dinner, Mon–Fri, 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Feeling a little gourmand? Nosh on some of the yummiest small plates in the city at Verjus. This wine cellar/cocktail bar keeps it very classy while serving up comfort food–inspired amuse-bouches to accompany a refined variety of wines and cocktails. Our personal favorites are the butternut squash angliotti and the buttermilk fried chicken, but with such a clever selection, you can’t go wrong.
Experimental Cocktail Club
3, rue Saint-Sauveur, in the 2 nd Arrondissement. 01 45 08 88 09.
Mon–Wed, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.; Thurs, 6 p.m.–3 a.m.; Fri–Sat, 6 p.m.–4 a.m.
It’s official. The cocktail has made its comeback on the Parisian bar scene! To get a taste of some of the city’s best recipes, check out the Experimental Cocktail Club, located in the historic Montorgueil quarter. At this establishment, old-school liquors tango with fresh juices and subtle spices. If you’ve never experienced the balance and perfection of mixology, you’re in for a delicious treat!
The Wall Street Club
29, rue Vineuse, in the 16th.
Wind the clock back to the Roaring Twenties in New York City—sequined dresses and feathers galore! Indeed, the ambience at the Wall Street Club passes muster for a speakeasy of times past. A surprisingly diverse crowd of Paris’s most fabulous sophisticates lounge in the velvet and mahogany interior of this brothel turned bar. At this rather exclusive spot, your knock on the front door is usually answered by the young owner himself.
36, rue Beaurepaire, in the 10th Arrondissement. 01 42 41 30 47.
Mon–Sat, 8 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.–2 a.m.
Bordering the oh-so-bobo canal Saint-Martin, this trendy watering hole is becoming a stomping ground for the hip(ster) inhabitants of northeastern Paris. At any given time, young, stylish Parisians clutter Chez Prune’s rustic but bright interior. In the summer, it’s the perfect place to conclude an afternoon of picnicking by the lovely canal.
55, rue des Archives, in the 3rd Arrondissement. 01 42 77 41 40.
Still not ready to turn in? Restaurant by day, red-eye hangout by night, le Connétable has been collecting late-night stragglers in the Marais for years. By 2 a.m. the scene is a happy mix of night owls of all ages and backgrounds. The warmed-up crowd makes for a festive vibe, where chitchat and schmooze are welcome if not required!
Experimental Cocktail Club
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