Paris, ‘Lutèce’, ‘Paname’, ‘Pantruche’, or , ‘the City of Light’. For all we know, Paris might be the coolest place in the universe. It takes a moment for the city to capture you, maybe it’s the unexpected astonishment, or simply your trained brain trying to calculate how you haven’t experienced something like it before, that it even exists on the same planet you do.
It’s impossible when roaming the streets not to pose the question, “what if lived here, what would my life look like?” Paris is art, it’s grit, it’s sex, it’s beauty, it’s courage, it’s food and drink, it’s struggle, it’s passion. From the endless terraces to the bustling cafés, the city’s charm runs deeper with the more time you spend in it—Paris touches the soul.
With so much to take in, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by Paris’ remarkable architecture and colliding streets, so naturally, we’ve rounded up the absolute Best Bars in Paris. Below is our CYTIES list, in no particular order, of haunts to find the finest imbibes in one of our favorite places on earth…actually, in the universe. Bookmark this page to write your own Paris adventure, and seek to answer the question one evening of “what if?”, who knows, maybe after hitting the concrete with this checklist, you may find yourself a new inhabitant. Prendre plaisir.
“The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant.” — T.S. Eliot
Bisou – Snug, eclectic, pink-hued bar offering made-to-order seasonal cocktails & alfresco seating.
Moonshiner – Cool speakeasy supplying cocktails & beer in a dimly lit venue with a bygone, vintage vibe.
Bambino – Stylish vinyl inspires an audio-centric eatery with an open kitchen serving small plates, craft beer & fantastic cocktails. *CYTIES Favorite
Candelaria – Hip spot serving creative tacos & cocktails along with basic Mexican sides, plus a hefty agave menu.
Le Comptoir Général – Serene choice with a rustic-chic vibe & a leafy terrace serving classic fish dishes, plus cocktails.
CopperBay – Craft beers, innovative cocktails & elevated bar food in a stylishly decorated gastrobar.
Harry’s New York Bar – Warm, sophisticated haunt in the Park Lane Hotel, offering classic drinks and elevated bar fare.
Bar Hemingway – An absolute legend of a bar, settle into a leather armchair and order as Hemingway himself once did, these walls have seen it all. Dress up for this one.
Danico – Stylishly decorated speakeasy-style venue with a changing menu of inventive cocktails. *CYTIES Favorite
Cambridge Public House – Traditional English bar complementing creative cocktails with a rotating pub grub menu.
Tiger – A stylish and sophisticated gin bar with a variety of creative & delicious gin drinks. A great vibe, good service, and vibey music.
Night Flight – This cozy cocktail bar in the elegant and modern Bachaumont boutique hotel is a favorite of stylish Parisians and trendy travelers alike.
Gravity Bar – Sophisticated craft cocktails & creative tapas served in a hip space with a wavy ceiling.
Le Syndicat – Cocktails based on French spirits ranked among the best in the world, served in an urban and relaxed atmosphere in the middle of Faubourg St-Denis in the 10th district of Paris.
Little Red Door – Parisian-style brasserie boasts seasonal French fare, pastries & fine wines, plus artisanal goods.
Le Mary Celeste – Cozy neighborhood bar serving creative light meals alongside cocktails & an extensive list of wines.
Experimental Cocktail Club – Creative cocktails & DJ tunes in a rustic, cozy bar with exposed bricks & wood beams.