- Ivana Juchelkova
Stolly’s is an old-fashioned British bar squeezed onto a tiny street in the heart of the aristocratic district, Le Marais. Go for the easygoing vibe and the rockabilly music. Be ready to have a good laugh with the rest of the crowd as the night becomes a little darker and the company little more cheerful. Don’t forget to try Stolly’s special brew, the Cheap Blonde. It has been described as ‘the cheapest and worst’ beer in Paris so at least it will be memorable.
Stolly’s, 16 Rue Cloche Percé, Paris, France +33 01 42 76 06 76
Constructed on the site of a former brothel, Le Pantalon is located not far from the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, the second largest park in Paris. Its entrance, surrounded by life-size images of ancient statues, leads the curious visitor inside the cozy, vintage bar. The bar is well known for its selection of shots with extraordinary names. Le Pantalon is often occupied by local art students who appreciate the bar’s unconventional atmosphere and enjoy a chill conversation.
Le Pantalon, 7 Rue Royer-Collard, Paris, France
The legend says that The Mazet is one of the last places Jim Morrison was seen before he died, drinking bordeaux and eating croque monsieur. This English pub, located in the stunning and lively Latin Quarter, is a hot spot for English-speaking students living in Paris. The Mazet hosts live musicians regularly and screens the most important sport events of the season.
The Mazet, 61 Rue Saint-André des Arts, Paris, France +33 01 42 03 40 95
Le Bar Dix
Le Bar Dix, established in 1955, is the only sangria bar in the French capital and is one of the most authentic Parisian dive bars. The bar is very easy to overlook, but once you experience its Parisian ambiance with a Spanish twist, you will never get enough of this charming place. You can choose to drink your delicious sangria in the gloomy bar area or descend into the antique cellar for a more traditional vibe.
BAR 10 Odéon, 10 Rue de l’Odéon, Paris, France +33 01 43 26 66 83
Le Sans Souci
Located in the heart of Pigalle — an area called ‘Pig Alley’ during the World War II for its sleazy reputation — Le Sans Souci (‘without worries’) is a great place to have a glass of champagne or a beer after a long day of work or lectures and before heading off to a club. The clientele varies from young intellectuals and hipsters to artists engaging in a drunken chat on the sidewalk.
Le Sans Souci, 65 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Paris, France +33 01 53 16 17 04
Italian Style Café
Welcome to the 11th arrondissement, the perfect area for a wild night out. Here there are radiant streets packed with a diverse mix of locals and foreigners partying until the metro opens in the morning. The Italian Style Café is an ideal place to start your night in the 11th. There is excellent live jazz and blues music every weekend, which will always tempt you to stay a little longer than planned. The staff is extremely welcoming, making you feel at home from the moment you arrive at the bar.
Italian Style Café, 93 Rue Amelot, Paris, France +33 09 51 04 72 97
Panic Room offers an experience of Parisian nightlife. The energetic and pop art–inspired interior is in deep contrast with the minimalist, black façade of the bar. You can find yourself chatting with local hipsters while sipping a weekly special cocktail or dancing among other music lovers in the spacious basement. If you feel overwhelmed by the struggles of a daily life, lock yourself away in the Panic Room and enjoy the bohème ambiance of the bar.
Panic Room, 101 Rue Amelot, Paris, France +33 01 58 30 93 43
The cool underground atmosphere and cheap drinks is an exception to the Bastille area, which is the area for a drunken night out, full of bars, clubs, and hidden gems like The Tape. The happy hour offer will blow your mind with pints of cocktails and beer for a cheap price. Put on your old ripped jeans and drink a beer from a plastic cup. You’ll be surrounded by graffiti-covered walls and tattoo-covered hipsters listening to indie rock or electro music.
Tape Bar, 21 Rue de la Roquette, Paris, France
Aux Folies will impress you with its remarkable history, as it is believed that Edith Piaf used to perform here in the 1950s when the space was a cabaret. Hidden far from the tourist bustle up in the 20th arrondissement, today its terrace is a favorite spot for local artists and intellectuals (perhaps due to the amazing drink prices). Soak up the edgy feel and lively energy while the red neon lights illuminate the graffiti-covered surroundings of the bar.
Aux Folies, 8 Rue de Belleville, Paris, France +33 06 14 17 91 33
La Féline is the ideal spot if you are looking for a genuine rock ‘n’ roll experience. Tattooed rockers, charming girls dancing on top of the bar, burlesque shows, projections, exhibitions, regular live music, and open mic nights — this place has it all. An excellent crew serves cheap drinks all night long. Meanwhile your mind and body are taken over by some good rock music. At La Féline, you’ll have what is called ‘a proper night out.’
La Féline, 6 Rue Victor Letalle, Paris, France