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The Best Cocktail Bars in Paris

The top spots for cocktails and drinks in Paris, recommended by local experts.

Updated on Jan 26, 2024 | World of Mouth team

When you think of Paris, it might be the croissants, bistros and great wine bars that first come to your mind. But the city has a lot more to offer, and in this guide, we list the best cocktail bars in Paris. Such places include The Cambridge Public House, offering creative cocktails and classic bar snacks, and Sister Midnight, a world class cocktail bar hosting drag shows on weekends. All spots highlighted in this listing are based on personal recommendations from World of Mouth experts like food writers Wendy Lyn and Raphaële Marchal. If you're looking for a fun evening with cocktails, drinks and music, this guide on where to find the best cocktails and drinks in Paris is a good start.

The Cambridge Public House

8 Rue de Poitou

8 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris, France

The Cambridge Public House is a cocktail pub that merges the relaxed ambiance of a pub with the expertise of a cocktail bar. It takes pride in using locally sourced French ingredients to offer classic British snacks and creative cocktails, with a menu that changes periodically to adapt to the seasons and the availability of quality local produce. Some of the highly recommended offerings include their homemade sausage rolls, pies, and unique cocktails like the Panais Colada, which is a refreshing twist on the classic Pina Colada, and the Kiwi Gyan, a tangy mix of kiwi, lemon, maraschino cherries, and rum.

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Quintessential Pub Style Bar The Cambridge Public House is the quintessential pub style bar offering phenomenal cocktails and freshly baked snacks. Upon entering the bar, one is immediately welcomed by the fragrance of freshly baked pastry. Their homemade sausage rolls and pies are the perfect savoury snack to enjoy alongside some impressive cocktails. The bar offers unique and creative cocktails with flavours ranging from sweet and creamy to bold, savoury and tangy. The Panais Colada is highly recommended; an audacious twist on the classic Pina Colada. Instead, the Panais Colada is made with parsnip, cream, dark rum and velvet falernum. It's a more refreshing version, when compared to the typically over-sweet coconut version, boasting creamy earthy flavours. Another fabulous cocktail was the Kiwi Gyan - a tangy, fun, green concoction of kiwi, lemon, maraschino cherries and rum. The mixologists will keep you entertained with their fascinating and impressive cocktail making skills. The menu changes periodically giving one the option to visit on every trip to Paris.

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The Cambridge Public House

The Cambridge Public House

8 Rue de Poitou

8 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris, France

BAMBINO

25 Rue Saint-Sébastien

25 Rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011 Paris, France

BAMBINO is a multifaceted venue that transitions from a restaurant and natural wine bar in the day to a club and cocktail bar after midnight. Drawing inspiration from global influences, the restaurant offers sharing plates inspired by Argentinian cuisine, all cooked over an open fire. In addition to the food and wine, BAMBINO also hosts DJ sets and creates a vibrant atmosphere, making it a go-to spot for good vibes and dancing.

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Restaurant and natural wine bar turning into a club and cocktail bar after midnight.Probably Paris’ most stylish interior design. This restaurant and natural wine bar serves sharing plates with elements cooked over open fire, inspired by the Argentinian cuisine. When the kitchen closes, the space turns into a club and cocktail bar.

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BAMBINO

BAMBINO

25 Rue Saint-Sébastien

25 Rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011 Paris, France

Candelaria

52 Rue de Saintonge

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France

Candelaria is an authentic taqueria providing a distinctive experience with its hidden cocktail bar accessible through a discreet door. The establishment offers an array of Mexican dishes including chilaquiles, carnitas, flautas, quesadillas, and tacos, complemented by quality tequila, mezcal shots, and frozen margaritas. Open seven days a week, it's an internationally recognized venue known for its late-night agave spirits bar and friendly staff, who are skilled in advising on agave-based spirits and house creations.

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Two concepts rolled into a World's 50 Best: a Mexican taqueria joint and late night agave spirits barQuixotic Groups knows how to create a VIBE. Candelaria is open seven days a week, and consistently a best bar winner on international lists since opening 11 years ago. With two different concepts in one space, regulars know exactly where they are headed. It is either the tiny taqueria (seen behind by the neon pink “TACOS” sign in the window) for its authentic chilaquiles, carnitas, flautas, quesadilles, and tacos with quality tequila & mezcal shots, cervezas, frozen margaritas etc.(brunch on weekends too) OR late night for the dimly-lit craft cocktail bar reached via a door in the back of the taqueria. Friendly staff advise on agave-based spirits and house creations like “La Guepe Verte” - chili-infused tequila, cucumber, cilantro and lime. Fabulous guac and chips can be eaten in the cocktail bar. Quixotic is the same team behind Le Mary Celeste and Bar Marilou in New Orleans with new projects coming soon. Taqueria Mon-Thurs 5pm-11.30pm / Fri-Sun 12pm-11.30pm. Bar daily 6pm-2am.

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Candelaria

Candelaria

52 Rue de Saintonge

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France

CRAVAN Paris 16e

17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine

17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine, 75016 Paris, France

Cravan is a small yet fabulous cocktail bar, known for its delightful Bloody Mary. The restaurant also offers a variety of proper snacks including lobster roll, cockles, and nitamago egg. Not to forget, they serve breakfast in the morning for early risers.

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Fabulous little cocktail bar in Paris (try the Bloody Mary!), and proper snacks: lobster roll, cockles, nitamago egg... oh and breakfast in the morning!

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CRAVAN Paris 16e

CRAVAN Paris 16e

17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine

17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine, 75016 Paris, France

Madonna

52 Rue La Fayette

52 Rue La Fayette, 75009 Paris, France

Madonna is a recently opened Italian restaurant nestled in the Opéra district, offering a variety of transalpine dishes like pasta carbonara Roman style, veal chop Milanese, and Neapolitan affogato. The cozy ambiance of the place gives a feeling of familiarity, complemented by highly professional service. The waitstaff, dressed in immaculate white suits, adds a touch of typical Milanese osteria charm.

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An outstanding Italian restaurant in the Opéra district. Recently opened, the place is so cozy it seems to have always existed. On the menu, a variety of transalpine dishes (pasta carbonara roman style, veal chop Milanese, Neapolitan affogato). Special mention goes to the highly professional service and the immaculate white suits worn by the waiters, a nod to the typical Milanese osterias.
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Madonna

Madonna

52 Rue La Fayette

52 Rue La Fayette, 75009 Paris, France

Moonshiner

5 Rue Sedaine

5 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France

Moonshiner is a speakeasy-style bar, inspired by the prohibition era and hidden behind a pizza restaurant. You enter through the pizzeria's large refrigerator, stepping into a charming bar that takes you back in time. They serve a variety of cocktails, with the Taboulé - a blend of vodka, mint, parsley, cucumber, clarified tomato, rye vodka and amaretto - being a popular choice.

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Gorgeous Parisian SpeakeasyMoonshiner is a quintessential speakeasy that is inspired by the clandestine drinking locations of the prohibition era. This gorgeous little bar is tucked away behind a pizza restaurant and to enter it, you have to walk through the large refrigerator of the pizzeria before finally being transported back in time to the most charmingly quaint bar. The cocktails, themselves, are also incredible. The Taboulé – a tasty tipple consisting of vodka, mint, parsley, cucumber, clarified tomato, rye vodka and amaretto – comes highly recommended. Moonshiner is highly impressive and can't be recommended enough.

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Moonshiner

Moonshiner

5 Rue Sedaine

5 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France

Red House

1bis Rue de la Forge Royale

1bis Rue de la Forge Royale, 75011 Paris, France

Red House is a late-night craft cocktail bar and taqueria that carries a strong rock and roll vibe. Their menu features a mix of Texi-Cali inspired dishes, including tacos, queso nachos, and chicken wings, all freshly made. With a blend of bangin' craft cocktails, friendly staff, and classic rock DJ nights, Red House offers an ambiance that encourages customers to stay and enjoy their time.

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Joe Boley & Jen Riley's late night craft cocktail bar - taqueria with a serious rock and roll vibe.First, things, first. I'm a Southerner who grew up along the 1-10 corridor learning to drink in dive bars from New Orleans to New Mexico. We're talking jukeboxes with Lynyrd Skynyrd on repeat, late-night taco trucks, motorcycle clubs chalking cue sticks and chefs playing pinball while drinking Budweiser from a bottle. This is everything that I love about Joe Boley & Jen Riley's Texi-Cali Red House. These talented restaurateurs (Sister Midnight) create authentic concepts from their shared experiences in the American West & Europe. Red House is so well-done: bangin' craft cocktails (hello, they are a World's Best Bar), food, staff, decor & classic rock DJ nights all create a vibe that make you want to stay all night. Local legend Omid Tavallai (Co-Founder of Emperor Norton/Transplant Kitchen Podcast) is the "taco slinger" - making killer taqueria bar snacks from scratch: tacos, queso nachos, chicken wings and more. The bartenders are knowledgable, friendly and remember faces and drink orders like no-one's business. Red House has it ALL, including a disco ball, Metallica pinball machine and big screen TV for football matches. Game, on. Photos: Aron Farkas

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Red House

Red House

1bis Rue de la Forge Royale

1bis Rue de la Forge Royale, 75011 Paris, France

Sister Midnight

4 Rue Viollet-le-Duc

4 Rue Viollet-le-Duc, 75009 Paris, France

Sister Midnight is an award-winning cocktail bar in Pigalle that revives the area's forgotten glam rock roots. Known for its well-crafted libations, chic decor, and regular drag and burlesque performances, it offers an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome. With an emphasis on seasonality and fun, its house cocktails are complemented by delicious finger food, making it a lively spot for evening entertainment.

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Its always a party at this one of a kind, world class cocktail bar in Pigalle, hosting drag shows on weekends.Run by Joe and Jen (also the masterminds behind Red House Bar in the 11th) Sister Midnight’s motto is practically, “You be you.” Sipping a high-quality cocktail at the bar or in a dark corner sitting on plush banquettes behind velvet curtains, you can imagine a stunning Paris/Berlin/New Orleans venue in the 1920’s. I love the peacock blue walls, gold mirrors and fun billboard signs with upcoming schedule of drag show stars’ names in lights. Don't worry if you hear Pigalle is sketchy - Sister Midnight is a gorgeous tiny gem where everyone is welcome, personalities are BIG, and drinks are STELLAR. With Joe, Joe and Jen (there are actually two Joes - the Owner and Joe from Australia) behind the bar, you can let your inhibitions fly with any creation they guide you too. Photos by Aron Farkas.

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Sister Midnight

Sister Midnight

4 Rue Viollet-le-Duc

4 Rue Viollet-le-Duc, 75009 Paris, France

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