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Paris nightlife

Paris is always a good idea.
- Audrey Hepburn

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Bar Hemingway

  • Place Vendôme / 1st, Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 15 Place Vendôme
  • Paris, 75001
  • +33-1-43-16-30-30

The Ritz is back, as is the epic Bar Hemingway, along with the Papa memorabilia — the typewriters, the letters, the photos. This is the most wonderful, overpriced tourist trap in town for a Certain Kind of Paris Lover. Don't fight it — everyone ends up here. Happily.

Bob's Juice Bar

  • Canal St. Martin / 10th, Juice Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 15 Rue Lucien Sampaix
  • Paris, 75010
  • +33-9-50-06-36-18

Green juice just got its passport. Breakfast muffins and smoothies draw locals who treat the place like an extension of their own dining room and occasional pop-up dinner party destination. Healthy eating may not sound like vacation, but there's no telling how long one can exist on steak frites.


  • Marais / 3rd, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 52 Rue de Saintonge
  • Paris, 75003
  • +33-1-42-74-41-28

Tequila in Paris? Yes, tequila in Paris. And although one could argue a taco is but a Mexican take on a crêpe, a spot at the secret bar at the back of restaurant with a kicky cocktail and side of guac and chips is what this spot is all about.

Experimental Cocktail Club

  • Montorgueil / 2nd, Cocktail Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur
  • Paris, 75002
  • +33-1-45-08-88-09

ECC, the team behind favorite spots like  and , ushered in a new wave of craft cocktail culture in the city. See where it all started in the second arrondissement speakeasy with black chesterfields, chandeliers hanging from wooden beams under tin-pressed ceilings, and chill vibes from the live DJs.


  • Pigalle / 9th, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 7 Rue Frochot
  • Paris, 75009
  • +33-9-80-72-98-83
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An American in Pigalle. Imported beer, artisanal hot dogs, and disco balls draw a cheeky crowd. Craft cocktails take the place of the usual glass of wine. Everyone seems to be having a grand old time!

La Palette

  • St. Germain / 6th, Bistro, $$$$ $$
  • 43 Rue de Seine
  • Paris, 75006
  • +33-1-43-26-68-15

How is it that people of all ages have the same reaction to this place? "La Palette? I used to love going there!" It’s still going strong — inside in the colder months, outside in warmer weather — from breakfast until the wee small hours, from citron pressé to countless bottles of chablis.

Le Comptoir Général

  • Canal St. Martin / 10th, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 80 Quai de Jemmapes
  • Paris, 75010
  • +33-1-44-88-24-48

A bar/restaurant/shop/museum in a remarkable space focusing on Francophone African and Caribbean culture. Young Parisians come here for the great cheap drinks, the comfy couches and cozy atmosphere, and the frequent concerts from world musicians.

Le Fumoir

  • Saint Honoré / 1st, Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 6 Rue de L'Amiral de Coligny
  • Rome, 75001
  • +33-1-42-92-00-24

A centrally located bar and restaurant where the clink of glasses is continuous and buzzy business chatter fills the room from the moment the sun begins to go down. A stiff martini and salty peanuts at the bar is a popular after work salut.

Le Mary Céleste

  • Marais / 3rd, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 1 Rue Commines
  • Paris, 75003
  • +33-9-80-72-98-83
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Even locals who line up early still squeeze in at the bar for Brooklyn draft brews, freshly shucked oysters, and always-changing small plates with a slight Asian influence. Cocktails are a must.

Le Perchoir

  • Oberkampf / 11th, Cocktail Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 14 Rue Crespin du Gast
  • Paris, 75011
  • +33-1-48-06-18-48

See Paris from above at the laid-back rooftop bar in the 11th arrondissement. Good food and chill vibes make it a great place to catch the sunset or dance the night away under the full moon.

Lulu White

  • Pigalle / 9th, Cocktail Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 12 Rue Frochot
  • Paris, 75009
  • +33-9-83-58-93-32

Look for a small brass engraving of a lady’s face (the bar's infamous namesake from NOLA) on Rue Frochot to enter. Absinthe is in all the cocktails in the Art Deco space, and Tuesdays mean live music.

Mathis Bar

  • Saint Honoré / 8th, Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 3 Rue de Ponthieu
  • Paris, 75008
  • +33-1-53-76-39-55

Enter through a discreet door next to the Hotel Mathis entrance. If you can, that is. It's almost impossible to get in, thanks to regulars packing the place. But if you do, settle down for a fun night of people-watching and celebrity-spotting from the h red velvet benches under the Art Nouveau chandelier.

Télescope Cafe

  • Saint Honoré / 1st, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • 5 Rue de Villedo
  • Paris, 75001
  • +33-1-42-61-33-14

Just the place homesick American coffee connoisseurs can duck into when they need a direct-trade, small-batch, limited-edition, perfectly pulled espresso-based drink. Disarmingly friendly. Good for slow mornings and afternoon snacks.

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