We might not be able to go to a Parisian cocktail bar right now, but we can always prepare a plan of attack for when life will eventually go back to normal.
Paris is known to be the city of food, but there is no better place to drink the night away than the French capital. Speakeasies, chic cocktail bars, or fun burlesque nights—whatever tickles your fantasy, Paris has it.
Would you have ever thought that the coolest place to be in Paris would be in a laundromat? And yet, The Lavomatic has done just that. This speakeasy like no other boasts a ground floor that looks like a normal laundromat with washing machines and soaps. But on the first floor, a cocktail bar is in full swing.
In the heart of Montmartre, Lulu White is a place for drinking, dancing, listening to live music, and all-around being happy. If you are searching for a place to lose yourself in Paris after the pandemic, write Lulu’s name down.
Rum fan? Look no further than Mabel, where you will be able to find 196 varieties of the precious spirit. Guided by their bartenders, you and your tastebuds can embark on a trip from South America to the West Indies, one sip at a time.
Burlesque, drag queens, and cabaret shows—Sister Midnight is a must-visit when in Paris. Even the pandemic couldn’t stop the fun at this cocktail bar in Pigalle. They have transformed the bar into a to-go cocktail and craft beer joint, letting clients get their fill without breaking the rules.
An old brothel converted to a cool and exclusive bar and club, Le Carmen is the place you go when you want to go “out out.” Original features like enormous mirrors and crystal chandeliers have been kept and give the bar a special atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else.
A mix between an herbalist and a cabinet of curiosities, this very-cozy cocktail bar is the perfect place for a relaxed evening spent sipping cocktails and chatting. The Hocus Pocus is a must-try, but you can ask the barman for a tailored cocktail (or cure, as they like to call it).
Bisou is not your usual cocktail bar. They don’t have a menu—every night, the bartenders talk to the guests about their tastes and create bespoke cocktails for them, using only local and seasonal ingredients. The added bonus? Bisou is zero waste and plastic free.
Listed in The Worlds 50 Best Bars for seven years, Little Red Door is a cool, cozy bar in the heart of the Marais. The decor is well curated, the atmosphere relaxed, and the drinks delicious. It’s definitely a must-visit for cocktail lovers when in the city.
Doing a good deed while you’re drinking and enjoying yourself is possible at Les Justes. Some of their fairly priced cocktails are connected to charities, which means that for every glass you drink, some of your money will go to helping others.
A cocktail bar hidden in an Indian restaurant, Baranaan is a mix of incredible drinks and delicious street food. Everything is curated down to the smallest detail—the bar is made to look like a train and the menus are passports.
The concept was inspired by the legend of the prohibition train that (allegedly) left Mumbai every evening at 6 pm during the Bombay Prohibition Act to take the passengers to a neighbouring country to enjoy a good old cocktail.
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