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This late-night spot in Pigalle is a raucous, rowdy affair, in the best possible way. The dimly lit and glamorous cocktail den is named after an infamous New Orleans “mistress of the night” – so has found its way to the right part of town, as Pigalle has something of a seedy history… Specialising in slinging classic Louisiana style cocktails, the New Orlean’s inspired cocktail menu features classics like Ramos Gin Fizz and Sazerac, as well as absinthe-soaked offerings poured from the fountain at the bar centre. In true New Orleans style, brass and jazz bands provide the music, and it gets loud. The crowd are up for it, and after slip of absinthe you will be too. Finding your way to Lulu might be your only hurdle – the unmarked door on the Rue Frochot is indicated only by a neon scrawl a few metres away, but summon your adventurous spirit and give the unmarked entrance a push. You won’t regret it.
Broken mirrors, a light-up dance floor and disco balls set the scene. Here you’ll find a cocktail named the BrewDog trash blonde and a selection of boilermakers (a shot followed by beer) as well as gourmet hot dogs to line your stomach. Got the idea? Run by the NYU grads Josh Fontaine and Carina Soto Velasquez Tsou of Candelaria and Le Mary Celeste, Glass Bar is a perfect spot to let loose with friends. If you tire of it head across the road to Dirty Dick, the tiki bar with everything from totem poles and taxidermy to bird songs playing in the bathroom.
The stylish interior of this drinking den is what makes Gravity Bar stand out from the rest of the recently opened bars and restaurants in Canal Saint-Martin. Housed in a vaulted space with a slatted ceiling that creates a wave-like roof descending behind the bar, Gravity is one of the hottest hangouts on the popular rue des Vinaigriers. Expect a bit of wait as the place is usually packed inside and on the terrace.
Formerly a neighbourhood boulangerie, Café Charlot is now a lively bistro with one of the most popular bars amongst the fashion set. Just opposite Le Marché des Enfants Rouge (the oldest market in Paris, created in 1610) the charming bakery window at the shop front, the 1950s style zinc bar, retro white tiles and wine bottles lining the walls will make you feel like you are finally in the Paris of your dreams. The food is good but we prefer the drinks. Come for happy hour between 7PM and 9PM and grab a seat (or fight for a seat) on the terrace for some of the best people-watching in Paris.
With neon-pink lights spelling out its name, it’s made very clear that Andy Wahloo is the definition of fun upon arrival. Throw funky tunes and a hilarious painting depicting the “anatomy of a British citizen” into the mix and you’ve got a killer locale for downing pisco sours until you’re ready to hit the dance floor. The outdoor seating area in the bar’s courtyard leads to one of our favourite Paris eateries, Derrière. And let’s not forget to mention that Mourad Mazouz, the man who created Andy Wahloo (and the adjacent restaurant), also happens to be the genius behind a little place called Sketch in London.
A classique of classiques, Titty is a no-brainer if you’re on the hunt for a good night out. Neon signs lighting up the walls urge punters “don’t make sense, make dollars”, while pool tables in the back room add to the laid-back vibe. Want something a little more glam? Stick to the main area where you can get down to hip-hop and house.
The ultimate bobo (boho-bourgeois) late-night hangout, La Mano is ultra popular with 20- and 30-somethings journeying from Oberkampf, Rue de Rennes and everywhere in between on a pilgrimage for party vibes and a killer tequila sunrise. Whether you’re keen on salsa or electro night, this ex-Mexican restaurant always puts a wonderfully Latin American twist on the evening, so prepare for mezcal and tapas galore.
Tucked away off the bustling Rue Oberkampf, Le Perchoir’s rooftop gives you a panoramic view of Paris. An oldie but a goodie, this spot is busy all year round. In summer, enjoy the view of Paris’ rooftops and the Sacré-Coeur rising in the distance. In the winter it turns into a cosy alpine-styled auberge with fires and fur blankets to keep you warm.
La Terrasse at Les Jardins de Pont Neuf opened in 2015 and quickly claimed the status of chicest place for a drink on the Seine. Set on the water’s edge the floating bar and restaurant is inspired by a tropical setting with palm trees and 70s-esque rattan furniture. Although it will no doubt become old news soon enough, the view will always be one in a million. Make sure to get a table outside on a sunny day to make your visit worthwhile.
Paname Brewing Company is the coolest new spot on the Canal de L’Ourcq. With exposed brick and piping and large wooden tables, this micro craft brewery would not look out of place in East London or Brooklyn. Despite being a bit out of the way in the 19th arrondissement, it’s open seven days a week from 12PM to 2AM and is the perfect setting for an afternoon turned evening drinking session. On a summer’s day, drinkers flock to the floating outdoor terrace and watch as Parisians play pétanque on the water’s edge. When you tire of this spot, head to Le Pavillon des Canaux next door.
Located on the edge of two of Paris’ coolest neighbourhoods, Bastille and Le Marais, Le Sherry Butt is an elegant yet laidback cocktail club with candlelit corners and velvet sofas setting the mood. It is known for exquisite cocktails with homemade ingredients (like pine nut syrup) and its top class selection of whiskeys available by the glass or flight. DJs spin on weekends.
Located in Saint Germain-des-Prés this is a popular spot for fashion week, but is a hit with fashionistas all year round. Le Montana is a VIP club co-owned by French businessman Jean Yves Le Fur. Designed by Vincent Darre, the club is monochrome with botanical prints and a parlour bar creating the perfect setting for debauchery. The club has seen the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Prince and Leonardo DiCaprio dancing to french pop and throwback hip-hop. The clientele means this is one of the hardest clubs to get into in Paris – get a table or perfect that dressed-down Parisian cool look. If you get annoyed by snooty bouncers, this one is not for you.
Like a Parisian woman in jeans and a cotton t-shirt, Artisan Bar isn’t trying too hard. The horseshoe-shaped bar is the central feature with vintage mirrors and an olive tree adding to its effortlessly chic air. Located in Pigalle, it is a welcome respite from the more raucous bars nearby (expect slightly higher prices) with smooth soul and jazz playing all night long.
Named after a Mexican drug cartel (obviously), this club is notorious for its tough, yellow sunglasses-wearing doorman. If you make it past him, however, you’re in for an infallibly wild night. Scoop up a few shots of tequila upon entry and gradually make your way down the concrete steps and onto the dance floor. Surrounded by brightly striped sofas and a wall of sombrero-donning skeletons madly shooting guns, be ready for an uninhibited night of debauchery.
With its red-hued lighting and velvet seating area inside a giant birdcage right by the entrance, this place oozes sexiness from the get-go. Not to mention the fact that it’s set in a luxurious old mansion – when else will you be in a nightclub with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and angels carved into the walls? Thankfully for gin lovers, this club also boasts around 40 different flavours to experiment with in bespoke cocktails. The aloe vera G&T is not to be missed. Don’t be afraid to test out the slightly whackier options like seaweed and cardamom either. And while evenings at Carmen tend to start off languidly with long, intimate chats over said drinks, expect to be dancing until breakfast time once the DJ starts cranking up the Kaytranada tunes.
Stop by the itsy-bitsy restaurant at the front of Candelaria for the best tacos in the city. Once you’ve polished off you chips and guac, dip into the candlelit cocktail bar at the back for clandestine margaritas until the DJ kicks off. The space is slightly ramshackle yet chic, making it a hotspot on the cool cat young Parisian circuit.
If you’re in town on a business trip, Popolare is the ultimate after-work drinks spot for the in-the-know Parisian crowd. Stop here for five-to-seven cocktails and test out your French with the locals in this buzzy locale, known for its lit-up walls that are entirely decked out with bottles.
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