From enjoying a glass of champagne, creative cocktails to traditional martinis, or organic local wines, these are the best quirky bars to visit in Paris.
For many, Paris is the international city of culture, art and gastronomy. It is also the city known for some of the best bars in Europe, boasting some of the sexiest, most elegant and most instagramable drinking spots.
So, let’s raise a glass (or two) to the city of lights, and as the French saying goes, La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin, meaning: ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’ and explore some of the best quirky bars to visit in Paris.
Le Comptoir Général
One of the most fascinating bars to visit in Paris, is Le Comptoir Général is nestled on the banks of the Canal Saint Martin, and Le Comptoir General serves up a unique experience from the cocktails to the surrounding decor and the food.
Lulled by the sounds of waves and the seagulls, the restaurant menu is simple and traditional and orientated towards the ocean. Inside the bar, there are 3 different spaces, one inspired by Cuba, another of an old village square in Paris, and then an area dedicated to the concept of 1960 old Hollywood style.
Address: 84 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday and Wednesday – 6pm to 1am, Thursday and Friday – 6pm to 2am and Saturdays and Sunday – 11am for Brunch, closing at 2am on Saturday and 1am Sunday.
This is a strictly vinyl-only bar, where records, not bottles, line the bar at the back. It’s where music connoisseurs, cocktail aficionados, and wannabe Brooklynites can coexist in perfect harmony amongst Parisians.
Bartenders create interesting drinks and mocktails, whilst they listen in on their favourite Motown songs, or Beatles tune from the vinyls being played in the background. And if you get peckish, they serve delicious eats supplied to by a chef around the corner.
Address: 20 rue Keller, 75011 Paris
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday to Thursday: 6am to 2pm, and Friday and Sunday: 6pm to 4am.
This is a bar you will want to dress up for. It was the original location of the first ever Buddha Bar, and it opened in Paris in 1996. Located in a stunning 18th Century French building and only a stone’s throw from the la Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore; where the top-end fashion stores are located
The Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is majestic 3-level bar, which boasts exceptional Asian decor and ambience all built around a monumental 4-metre-high Buddha. It has an outdoor terrace, gorgeous and open from 630pm in summer.
Here you can eat and drink and enjoy the sounds and tastes of the south-pacific, with an Asian fusion menu, with Hawaiian and Californian influences food and a wide range of cocktails, wines, and spirits from all around the world to try.
Address: 8/12, rue boissy d’anglas 75008 Paris
Hours: 7 days a week from 6pm to 2am
This is a relaxing local wine bar in Paris, located in the upper Marais area with a large wine collection, including wines by the glass. It’s a friendly bar, with an outdoor terrace onto the main street, which is popular in warmer months.
They also serve a variety of food, including a wide range of meats and cheeses. They have a shop next door which retails any of the wine you try from their list, so you can take it home.
Address: 6 Rue Charles Francois Dupuis, 75003, Paris.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 12am.
Harry’s New York Bar – Paris
This is Paris’s most famous bar, and birthplace to the Bloody Mary Cocktail. Harry’s has been serving amazing cocktails since 1911. It’s a cosmopolitan inspired bar, which is both sophisticated and chic. Enjoy a Dry Martini whilst soaking up some old-world style at this location.
They have a spirit cabinet unmatched by most bars in Paris. Meaning, they can make and create any type of cocktail imaginable. If you can think of it, dream of it, or have heard of it from another country, you can bet you’ll find it at Harry’s.
Address: 5 rue Daunou, 75002 Paris
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 2am and Sunday from 4pm to 1am
This French wine bar specialises in biodynamic wines and only buys from local small producers.
Biodynamic farming goes a step further than organic methods of farming, which is all about nurturing the soil and treating the vineyard as one big living organism without the use of chemicals.
If you haven’t yet tasted biodynamic wines, this is a game changer, as the result is cleaner wine which contains no sulphates or other preservatives which can often leave you with a headache the following day.
Address: 10 Rue Dauphine, 75006, Paris
Hours: Every day from 6pm to 1am
Located in Saint-Germain, known as the wine bar district of Paris, this bar is one of the most popular spots within the area and features a tapas style menu and a variety of cheese boards.
Here bartenders are known for helping someone taste wine after wine until they find their perfect match.
This is an intimate but fun bar, with a relaxing vibe and a rustic terrace on the street.
Address: 33 Rue Mazarine, 75006, Paris
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 12am
For the full Paris effect, this is the bar you want to visit if you love listening to classic French music all night long, including a lot of Edith Piaf.
This ambient bar has an elegant and very intimate setting and atmosphere and serves wine by the glass with a variety of cheese and cold meat boards to accompany your wine.
They do have a few locations around Paris, this one is in Canettes. If you are looking for a dine-in experience you’ll want to head to the Pereire location, which is a classic French brasserie, serving Frenchy classics in a dining room surrounded by classic French art.
Address: 11 Rue Des Canettes, 75006, Paris
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 6pm to 1am
LQV Le Quinze Vins
For the best food and wine in Paris, this is the best spot to visit. Though the wine bar was created in 2010 by a group of French wine enthusiasts, it has yet again in 2022, become the place to visit and the place to be seen in Paris.
It’s important to note, food must be ordered with drink at this wine bar.
They have one of the widest ranges of wine on offer, and their variety of different breads on offer are very popular also and worth trying with your wine.
Address: 8 Rue Danielle Casanova, 75002, Paris.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 2.30pm to 12am