Top Picks… Cocktail Bars
Celebrate the fact you’re in the City of Lights with divine drinkies at one of these top ‘tailers! Some of our favourite cocktail bars (and there are many) include the following seductive sipsmiths...
The Cordon Bleu of blends, NY-inspired neo-baroque speakeasy Experimental Cocktail Club kickstarted the city’s affair with the craft cocktail. Featuring half-timbered walls, contempo chandeliers and Chesterfields, this intimate Montorgueil hideaway mixes inventive blends with styley tunes. Try elegant Experience No.1, made with vodka, elderflower, lemongrass and basil.
For kitsch-cool escapism, hit tiki treat Dirty Dick, decorated with Polynesian totems, bamboo furny and coloured lights. The cheekily-monikered, ‘30s-born venue was once a mafia-run sex club. Now this tropi-cool Pigalle cutie serves its hipster clientele Mai Tais, Piña Coladas and Zombies spritzed by Cali bartender Scott Schuder.
Pigalle’s fern-dotted, shab-chic L'Entrée des Artistes combines cocktails with global small plates and DJs, with a dim-lit bar below and window-lined eatery above. Order Le Bon, a fresh concoction of gin, apple juice, wasabi, celery and lime, or get smoky with Mon Vieux Tabac.
Famous for its Afro-funky interiors and DJs, quirksome Marais club Andy Wahloo (by Mourad ‘Momo’ Mazouz) teams terrines, tartines and tataki with a serious list of global spirits. Savour signature quaffs the Andy martini or Wahloo julep.
Last but not least, pay homage at deceptively named legendary Parisian landmark Harry’s New York Bar in Opéra – opened in 1911 and the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. A secret recipe, its popular Petrifier is a craft whisky classic. Cin, cin!
Experimental Cocktail Club / 37 rue Saint Sauveur, 2nd / +33 1 45 08 88 90 / 7pm-2am Mon-Thu, 7pm-4am Fri-Sat, 8pm-2am Sun / facebook.com
Dirty Dick / 10 rue Frochot, 9th / +33 1 48 78 74 58 / 6pm-2am daily / facebook.com
L'Entrée des Artistes / 30 rue Victor Massé, 9th / +33 01 45 23 11 93 / 7pm-2am Tue-Thu, 7pm-4am Fri-Sat / lentreedesartistespigalle.com
Andy Wahloo / 69 rue des Gravilliers, 3rd / + 33 1 42 71 20 38 / 7pm-1.45am Tue-Sat / andywahloo-bar.com
Harry’s New York Bar / 5 rue Daunou, 2nd / +33 1 42 61 71 14 / noon-2am Mon-Sat, 4pm-1am Sun / harrysbar.fr