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10 Parisian temples to the art of the cocktail

Cocktail lovers are in for a treat.
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Comfortable speakeasies, cosy armchairs, intimate atmosphere, delicious drinks… Cocktail bars are the perfect setting for exhilarating evenings sheltered from the cold. Paris Region gives you a selection… Off the record!

Airy aperitif

Tucked on the 19th floor of the Mélia Paris La Défense hotel, the Skyline Lounge & Bar is the unmissable night spot in western Paris. Its breathtaking terrace with views over Paris and the Eiffel Tower provides a chic and intimate setting, perfectly matched by its elegant cocktail and tapas menu.

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Melià Hotels

153 shades of chic

Three rooms: triple the fun! Such is the maxim of the uber-hip 153, set a stone's throw from the Centre Pompidou in the Marais. Let yourself be tempted into the jazzy Boudoir by their cheeky cocktails – including the "Badass" and the "Coin G" (a pun on the French for G-spot and quince, or "coing") – before titillating your taste buds in the Cantine or adventuring into the Cave Mystérieuse

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Casino Royale

Tucked amid the 500 slot machines at the Enghien-les-Bains casino, just north of Paris, the fluorescent dome of Pearl's Bar provides a welcome lighthouse for players looking to take a break! Open all day, the bar serves tempting cocktails, like Peace & Love and Sex on the Beach, as well as an impressive list of whiskies and light snacks.

Casino Théâtre Barrière d'Enghien les Bains

The shaker master

For more than a decade, the Experimental Cocktail Club, tucked down a side street in the Montorgueil neighbourhood, has been the uncontested leader of the Paris mixology movement. As you draw back the red curtain at the entrance, you'll find Chesterfield sofas, a beautiful wooden bar and, above all, exquisite craft cocktails that combine infused spirits, fresh juices and unusual spices.

Expérimental Cocktail Club
Le bar

A New York-style speakeasy

With no sign outside, the discreet Little Red Door has managed to create a cosy corner of New York right in the heart of the Marais. On the menu you'll find cocktails inspired by architectural trends: Modernism combines gin and champagne, while Art Nouveau sparkles with fermented dates and violet tea. Take your pick!

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Cosmic gin

The Bluebird – the name inspired by a Charles Bukowski poem – is a gin lover's paradise. Located between Bastille and Nation, here you can taste up to 30 different cocktails, from revisited classics to offbeat new creations – all shaken and stirred in the hipster-chic atmosphere of a 1950s Californian bungalow.

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Comic relief

The Café Moderne, with its hip and retro décor, walls covered in comics and stunning glass roof, provides an edgy watering hole in the heart of Bastille.

Take your pick from more than a dozen house cocktails, served in unusual glasses, like the Nothing But a Gin Thang served in a glass resembling an egg shell.

Café Moderne

Mexican hide-and-seek

Looking for all the world like a low-key Mexican taco shop, Candelaria is actually home to one of the Marais's best-kept secrets: at the back of the restaurant, behind the staff door, is a dimly lit, hidden bar, where the tastes of Mexico are ready to explode in your glass!

Be warned: its star cocktail, the peppery Guêpe Verte (Green Wasp), is aptly named…

Bar Candelaria

Legendary HQ

The mythic Bar Hemingway at the Ritz, a second home to the writer who inspired its name, reopened in 2016 after the hotel underwent a four-year renovation. Cocktail aficionados flock here to taste the creations of Colin Field, three-time winner of the Best Bartender in the World title.

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Call of the sea

Upholstered in wood and leather and dotted with sea-blue notes, CopperBay evokes the deck of a luxurious yacht. Drop anchor here to discover the astonishing Chesnut cocktail, the exotic Tod's Revenge, laced with Shiitake syrup, and the unexpected, savoury lentil Bouillon.


Shake it up

Looking to handle your shaker like a pro? Make for the European Bartender School, in Montreuil, the Paris reference for bar training.

After an initiation class to learn the basic skills, take off to the specialist mixology store Oogy Wawa, located in the 15th arrondissement, to stock up on equipment.

European Bartender School%252C Montreuil 2015
European Bartender School%252C Montreuil 2015

Our selection

Bar Hemingway, vue d'ensemble
Bar Hemingway
The world’s most famous cocktail bar needs little introduction. Embark on a journey of luxury and excellence.
Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains
Casino Barrière d'Enghien-les-Bains
Perched on the edge of a lake, aglow with enchanting lights, sits the most-visited casino in France, just 10 minutes from the Gare du Nord train station. Time to place your bets!
Expérimental Cocktail Club
Experimental Cocktail Club
It was this sophisticated bar that, almost single-handedly, revived Paris’s cocktail scene. Their edgy recipes have earned them a fan base that stretches worldwide.
Little Red Door, vue intérieure du bar
Little Red Door
In the very heart of the Marais district, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Little Red Door is one of the leading Parisian speakeasies and a firm favourite among cocktail lovers, with its chic and stylish atmosphere!
Le 153
Le 153
3 floors, 3 styles, 3 atmospheres…more than just a cocktail bar, Le 153 is a complete living environment, offering a treat for all five senses. With its savoury creations and cultural activities, all available in a cosy and artistic atmosphere, you should…
Bar à cocktails
Head for the Bastille district, just a stone’s throw from Charonne, to discover Paris’s latest upcoming cocktail bar, the Bluebird! A relaxing atmosphere, a retro décor and delicious beverages…there are so many good reasons to give it a try.
Café Moderne
Café Moderne
With its bartender voted world champion in 2016, its gourmet specialities and its incredible cocktails, the Café Moderne is one of the most fashionable places to be in eastern Paris! Not to be missed!
Vue du bar de face
A touch of Mexico in the very heart of the Haut Marais! Welcome to the Candelaria, an internationally renowned taqueria and speakeasy, where you should lose no time in sipping a delicious cocktail or trying the excellent tacos, all in a cosy and friendly…
CopperBay bar
Fancy an early holiday? Head over to the CopperBay, the bar which gives you your sea legs! Here, the surfboards, sailing rope and grains of sand replace the usual subdued atmospheres for a unique experience!

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