Once the Eiffel Tower starts to light up, night begins in France’s legendary capital. But if you are looking to celebrate a night in Paris like the locals do, we recommend that you start by having a drink or two in some of the best bars in the 8th. Parisian love to take it slow and enjoy some wine and cheese before moving into the capital’s exclusive club scene. With this in mind, we have carefully selected the best bars in the 8th arrondissement.
If you only had the choice to go to one bar in the 8th arrondissement, we would highly recommended going to this one. The Buddha Bar has made a name for itself as one of the most on-trend bars in Paris. Located right behind the Concorde metro station, this bar is set right in the heart of Paris’ chic district. The dark yet elegant atmosphere, created by red velvet curtains and numerous chandeliers inside the bar, sets the perfect vibe for a great night. Inside, you will find the main restaurant area on the ground floor, while the bar is positioned on a kind of balcony that surrounds the whole room and looks onto the main floor. Alongside the contemporary Asian cuisine, the bar offers a wide selection of wines, cocktails and beers (European and Asian brands alike).
Since its opening in 1946, the restaurant Taillevent is synonymous with tradition and class. Located just off of the famous Champs-Élysées, this bar has established itself as a classic among Parisian wine lovers. An extensive selection of 110 wines is available by the glass. The well-educated staff are happy to advise and inform you on the best wine choices with your food.
Maison Blanche has an extraordinary view of the Eiffel Tower and the beautiful atmosphere on the outdoor terrace during the summer makes this place a must. Even when the outdoor area is not used, the bar has a great vibe and serves marvelous drinks and cocktails. On the weekends, the bar also turns into a club with live performances and international DJs.
Celebrate a night in Paris in a Russian-inspired club/bar. Raspoutine is one of Paris’s most on-trend locations and is best known for its notorious Russian specialty drinks, with heavy-handed vodka use and its A-list celebrity clientele. The former place for luxury adult entertainment that was later turned into a cabaret and redecorated by the Russian artist Erté, it still has a scandalous atmosphere with its extensive use of red velvet and candlelit ambiance. This bar has earned itself a reputation due to its impeccable design, strange mix of famous clubbing hits with the odd Russian song, and strong cocktails.
This bar has been expertly designed by famous architects Pierre-Yves Rochon and Maja Oetker, Le Bar du Bristol is one of the classiest bars in Paris. The posh English atmosphere is perfect for a sparkling glass of champagne or exquisite wine. This bar also offers a good selection of brandies, scotches, and other specialty cocktails. In an attempt to attract the younger Parisian clientele, a DJ is also present on the weekends and a more daring selection of cocktails is offered.
Found in the heart of the Golden Triangle, close to the Champs-Elysées, the Six Seven is a hip lounge bar for a guaranteed good night out. Le Six Seven is open seven days a week, so it is perfect for a midweek pick-me-up. The bar area is surrounded by a large dance floor that holds up to 700 people. The music changes depending on the nightly theme, and ranges from electro to old school ’80s. There are reasonably priced drinks and free entry for women.
The Maison Champs-Élysées Hotel’s ‘Blind Bar‘ has a fabulous atmosphere with subtle lighting, dark furniture and a warming fireplace. The sophisticated setting is equally matched by the tasteful wine and cocktail selection. Naturally, the classics such as a Bloody Mary or Cosmopolitan are easy to find. In addition, there is a selection of in-house creations with exquisite liquor or cognac.
This bar has made a name for itself on Paris’ nightlife scene. This American lifestyle-inspired bar/club with a fun mixture of Chesterfield sofas, old-school furniture, and a pinball machine is a great place to get drinks and hang out with friends. With the opening of its doors from around 9pm, this bar offers a large dance floor for alternative/electro lovers and many other fun things like a pool table and provocative neon signs. The name Titty Twister is a great reflection of the variety of creative drinks offered at the bar. But more ‘normal’ drink choices can also be found if you are just looking for a simple American beer.