The 2ème Arrondissement has a reputation for seriousness. It’s home to the Paris Stock Exchange, the National Library of France, and the Opera Garnier. But don’t let this fool you! Look between the hurried suits and stray tourists, and you will find a veritable feast of tiny neighborhoods, leisurely terraces and lively after-work bars to suit any bon vivant. Follow us as we show you the best wine houses, cocktail bars, and craft beer delights the 2ème has to offer.
Legrand Filles Et Fils
Bar, Grocery Store, French, European
Legrand Filles Et Fils
Located in the famous and historic Passage Vivienne, Legrand Filles et Fils started up as a grocery store in 1880. Due to the excellence of their wines, this family business acquired an outstanding reputation and today is the choice spot of artists, journalists, financiers and wine lovers. This classic bar à vins offers a wide range of Grand Cru, a label given only to the best vineyards and wine-growing regions. Legrand’s team of experienced sommeliers will accompany you on a taste experience around the world of wine. Their Tuesday Tasting session offers an exclusive opportunity to learn from wine makers and meet the creators of the various wines on the menu. On the last Thursday of the month, Legrand combines art and wine with concerts, shows and tastings, but remember to book in advance.
Legrand Filles et Fils, 1 rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris, France, +33 01 42 60 07 12
La Belle Époque
Bar, Restaurant, French, European, $$$
La Belle Époque
La Belle Époque, or ‘beautiful era’ in French, is a blast from the past. Magnificent Art Nouveau décor transports you back to a more elegant time. The refined interior design is decorated with mirrors and sumptuous mosaic in the walls.Previously a cabaret, this stylish bar has become trendy and iconic for fashion designers and artists during Fashion Week, but is visited as well by politicians and ministers.This is a delightful spot for an afternoon glass of champagne, perfect to sit and people-watch à-la-Parisienne.
La Belle Époque, 36-38, rue des Petits-Champs, 75002 Paris, France
Experimental Cocktail Club
Paris has become the place to drink sophisticated cocktails, and cocktail bars are becoming more and more popular. One of the trendiest mixology venues is Experimental Cocktail Club, which pioneers innovative blends of rare alcohols and and ethereal fusions. With a hard-to-find speakeasy feel and no advertising, this bar is reserved for those that cherish the art of unique and expertly-crafted cocktails. Drinks here are made with imported premium alcohol and a fusion of fresh ingredients, concocted from a delicate selection of spices, herbs and fruits.Try Persil Pour Tout, a fresh fusion of mezcal, vermouth, apple juice, and parsley with citric notes. Discover the art of mixology in every signature cocktail, an absolute must.
Experimental Cocktail Club, 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, France
Sof’s Bar lies at the center of Paris in Montorgueil, an area dense with bobo and hipsters. This underground bar has a smooth, electro-chill vibe, and offers a long list of cocktails, craft beers and imported whiskeys. Try St. Stefanus, a complex and fruity Belgian abbey beer, or indulge in fine Japanese whisky with a full-bodied Nikka Single Barrel. For the adventurer seeking original cocktails, try Mezcadabra, an innovative mix of Mezcal with cranberry juice and citric notes.
Sof’s Bars, 43 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, France +33 06 73 29 15 17
A L’Heure Du Vin
This hidden bar is like being in Corsica in the middle of Paris, with a typical Corsican grocery store, selected wines of Italy and a delicious Mediterranean charcuterie. Despite boasting more than 120 labels of wine from France, Italy and Spain, this bar actually specializes in Corsican wines, with 9 AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) reds, whites and rosés. From the Corsican wines menu, try Muscat du Cap Corse, a sweet wine that’s produced in 17 towns in northern Corsica. A friendly Corsican welcome by owners Bruno and Emilie awaits you.
A L’Heure du Vin, 46 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris, France +33 01 42 61 78 73