22 Best Bars in Paris - Condé Nast Traveler
by Sara Lieberman
Gone are the days when un verre du vin at a local cave or a dry gin martini at your hotel bar were the only options for a boozy night out in town. Thanks to game-changers like Experimental Cocktail Club, which generated an impressive group of talented mixologists—many of whom went on to open their own bars nearby—there is no shortage of spots to sip inventive drinks in Paris. Whether they're hidden behind a washing machine or the marble walls of an 18th century palace, the places on this list offer a tipple for all types, from hand-crafted cocktails to your new favorite wine. Read on for our list of the Best Bars in Paris.
Le Mary Celeste
Since opening in the haute Marais in 2013, it’s become a real neighborhood hotspot for both locals and visitors who come as much for the food as they do the cocktails. Since the place is the third opening from the Quixotic Team behind Glass and Candelaria, it’s no surprise that the cocktails here are inspired. Each of them come with a clever name like the Double Identity, a short list of ingredients (in this case, Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840, Lillet Rouge, Sherry Lustau Pedro Ximenez, Kümmel), and a French description of that drink (“Gatsby owns two faces; that of love and tenderness, which is floral and sweet. That of revenge and envy, which can be scary.”), followed by an appropriate quote to represent it (this one naturally comes from Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald).
1 rue Commines, 75003 | +33 9 80 72 98 83 | Le Mary Celeste
Since opening in 2011, Candelaria has catapulted to the top of many "Best" lists including a five-year streak on the World's 50 Best Bars list. While the bar staff has seen some turnover since its opening, the drinks themselves have never faltered and the team is often changing things up by playing with thematic ingredients like avocado and Mezcal. In fact, they stock a large selection of the smokey beverage made from agave and offer a $37 tasting flight. The cocktail menu pays homage to Latin American countries with drinks like the Guatemalan El Sombreron made with Altos white tequila, Otto's vermouth, hibiscus, and pink pepper tonic.
52 Rue De Saintonge 75003 Paris | +33 9 80 72 98 83 | Candelaria
You come to this dark and boomin' bar late-night to get-up-on-the-dance-floor. The music is loud, there are flashing lights, and everyone is here to party. This was the second opening (of now five) from the bar/restaurant group Quixotic Projects, and like all their other ventures, the menu has something for everyone: Bottled craft beer from Liefmans of Belgium, Deck & Donahue (locally brewed in Paris), and others; cleverly named drinks, like the All Night Long, made with Jameson infused with cocoa beans and cold brew, or the Pink Shady with grapefruit syrup, Campari, Suze, and topped with a white Belgian beer.
7 Rue Frochot 75009 Paris | Glass