Le Marais is widely known for being one of the most stylish, colourful arrondissements in Paris. Whether you’re in the mood for a good whisky chosen by an expert bartender or a night that’s a little wilder, you’ll be able to find a bar to suit any mood.
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How can you go wrong with a bar named Kiss? Bisou. is a lovely, welcoming space that is trendy without the too-cool-for-you attitude that makes you too nervous to go inside. What makes Bisou. so special is its menu, or rather, its lack of one. Even classic cocktails like mojitos get a unique Bisou. spin, so let the experts behind the bar do their thing and serve you something delightfully unexpected.
Another seriously cool cocktail bar in Le Marais, La Résistance is just as focussed on the spectacle of making cocktails as it is on providing exciting new flavour combinations. If extravagant flaming drinks aren’t your style, the bartenders will be more than happy to whip you up a cocktail of your choice (or create a special concoction just for you).
It may not have the fanciest of exteriors, but La Perle is one of the capital’s best-known bars (partly due to it being the place where fashion designer John Galliano went on his disgraceful rant in 2011). Serving typical bistro meals during the day, La Perle becomes pretty packed at night; get there early to grab a seat inside, or hang out with crowds spilling out onto the street.
Located in the heart of Le Marais, Candelaria is a taqueria-inspired joint that not only serves up great cocktails but also has a fabulous menu full of authentic Mexican treats (you can even stop by for brunch on a hungover morning).
Andy Wahloo is a trendy space and, like its partial namesake, celebrates all things kitsch. Not only does Andy Wahloo stock an impressive range of top-shelf liquors, but it also has an extensive list of signature cocktails, like the Scandal Water, a vodka concoction infused with earl grey tea. It’s a little on the pricey side compared to some of the other entries on this list, but it’s worth it to take in the bright, fun surroundings.
If you’re seeking a bar that’s still trendy but not completely swamped by tourists, then Sherry Butt is the place for you. With New York-style decor – think exposed brick walls, dim lighting and brass fittings – it’s an intimate place (with just a touch of hipster) that’s great for grabbing a cocktail with friends.
The LABO is one of the most inclusive clubs in the area. Popular with students (thanks to its good-value happy hour), The LABO makes for a high-energy, fun night out. Check its events page for more details on drag nights and guest DJs.
Situated in a quiet corner of Le Marais, Little Red Door is well worth the visit. Tucked behind – what else? – a little red door, enter through the side to find a warm, cosy speakeasy with attentive bartenders and a casual, cool vibe.