Getting a cocktail is among the numerous pleasures you ought to test in Paris ! You can find many excellent addresses where you will find the best cocktails, the most original ones, the classic ones! Some will treat you with their own creations, other will just follow your mood, some will specialize in one specific alcohol. Whatever you feel like, it’s most likely you will find it in Paris. Here is a selection of a few good cocktail bars:
QUARANTE TROIS (forty three): on a rooftop, with a view !
The quarante trois is located on the 9th floor of the Holiday inn Paris, Notre-Dame, in the 6th arrondissement. You will enjoy a delicious cocktail while admiring some of most beautiful monuments in Paris.
This selective address can only receive as much as thirty guests. The bar opens only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 11pm. The barman will make you taste come of his original creations.
Try out: the Anna K with tequila, melon liquor, basil, herbes de provence, apple nectar and schweppes
Price : 12 to 13 €. Olives, tapenade, grissini & vegetable chips are served with your drinks.
Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, 4, rue Danton, 75006 Paris – reservation recommended – 01 81 69 00 60. Open until the 30th of September and even later if the weather is nice
Métro : Odéon ou Saint Michel
The EXPERIMENTAL : confidentiel
Founded by three friends during the spring 2007, the bar is located in the 2nd arrondissement. The atmosphere is very New York with its velvet sofas, soft lighting and walls with apparent stones.
Try out: the house’s emblematic creation : the « experience » with lemongrass
Price : 10-15 euros
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris – 01 45 08 88 09 – Métro Sentier or Réaumur Sébastopol
HARRY’S NEW YORK BAR: the oldest one
Launched in November 1911, le Harry’s New York Bar is more than 100 years old and is the oldest cocktail bar in Paris. Historically, the bar was always very popular, especially among Americans who would come to seek comfort when travelling far from their country. The alcohols are chosen with great deal of attention and you will find all the classics! Some cocktails have even been created at the Harry’s such as the Blue Lagoon in 1960 and the James Bond in 1963!
Try out: the French 75, one of the first cocktails invented in the bar in 1915.
Price: de 10 à 15 euros
5 Rue Daunou – 75002 Paris – 01 42 61 71 14 – Métro Opéra
LE FORVM: Historical
Located just behind the place de la Madeleine, the Forvm, is among the oldest bars in Paris, along with the Harry’s. Since 1918, cocktail lovers, especially whiskey lovers, get together to enjoy the bar’s wide selection : 123 different whiskies and 226 cocktails ! The very « British » decor hasn’t changed one inch since the thirties ! The cocktails are classified by alcohol and you can choose one of the classics or go for a more adventurous inventive one !
Try out : the Ultra Violet with champagne, cranberry, blackberry liquor, violet liquor and ice. Price: 10 to 20 euros
4 Boulevard Malesherbes 75008 Paris – 01 42 65 37 86 – Métro Madeleine
Tiny, almost invisible bar, located in the rue Quincampoix. It has opened in January of this year and over there, you’re the barman. The existing cocktails do not have names and basically, you will be creating your own. It’s a simple concept: just pick a fruit (listed on a board according to the season), add an herb, a spice, select your alcohol, and there you go ! Sometimes, in the basement, parties are organized.
Try out : be creative!
Price : 10€ to 12€
94 rue Quincampoix, Paris 3- 01 44 61 29 69 – Métro Etienne Marcel ou Rambuteau
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6pm to 2am
THE RED HOUSE
You can’t miss it : the street in tiny, and the bar is all red. The owner is from Texas, everybody speaks English! In the back of the bar, huge mirrors listing all the different cocktails! Even if they do not all sound familiar, just try, it’s usually a good surprise! And if you really have doubts, the barman will sort things out for you: just tell him what you fell like! Also, they organize some specific theme days with cocktails based on one specific alcohol which will make you discover some totally new mixtures! And the prices are very reasonable.
Try out : the aviator or the millionnaire…. !
Prix : around 8 euros
1 bis rue de la forge royale 75011 Paris – 01 43 67 06 43 – Métro Faidherbe Chaligny ou Ledru Rollin –Open Mondays to Sundays from 5pm to 2am.