The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Paris
Ah, the city of love, Paris has a special place in our hearts. We may not be able to visit it right now, thanks to the current travel restrictions, but when you do get a chance, it is the city to be in! The ideal destination for a romantic getaway, once you have finished scaling the Eiffel Tower, admiring the Louvre and soaking up the culture in the Cathedral Notre Dame, you will be more than ready for a drink or two with your significant other. Luckily, the French capital is more than ready for your connoisseur cocktail tastes. Here are our favourite bars in one of the most stylish cities in the world:
Le Syndicat, Strasbourg-Saint-Denis
With a hip-hop soundtrack that you can’t help but pop your hips to, Le Syndicat is a hive of juxtaposition. On the outside, it looks little like a bar, giving off prohibition vibes that mean you could almost walk past without noticing it is even there. On the inside, however, the party is jumping and the cocktails are beautiful – made up of traditional French ingredients including Cognac, Picon and Armagnac that will have you believing you are fluent in Francais in no time!
Named after a circus that was run nearby many years ago, the Combat bar focuses its efforts on creating a welcoming atmosphere and well-made cocktails, rather than animal fighting, thank goodness. Snack on the appetizers available on the delicious menu to prevent getting too drunk on tasty mixed beverages including the Beregovoy, a gorgeous blend of calvados, cognac, Verdelho, curacao and bitters.
Cravan, Jean de la Fontaine
If you want to enjoy traditional classic cocktails while surrounded by incredibly intricate architecture, then this is the bar to head to. The building is a listed Art Noveau, which makes it a very interesting place to sit and sip a drink. Soak up the culture of a time gone by. We recommend The Tunnel, a variation of the Negroni.
Lulu White, Saint-Georges
Paris was once notorious for its brothels and Lulu White celebrates this sexy history, situated as it is, right next to Boulevard de Clichy, where sex shops are ten-a-penny. There is nothing trashy about this bar, however, with a cocktail menu that is based on absinthe and therefore destined to ensure you leave drunk. Ideal for those who prefer to drink later in the evening, this is one not to miss.
Bisou, Le Marais
This bar boasts a master mixologist who refuses to work from a set cocktail menu. Let him know your likes and dislikes and he will create for you a gem of a beverage that is certain to get your tastebuds tingling. Bisou is also keen to work sustainably, using organic ingredients and recycling waste products.
A romantic stroll through Paris can quickly turn messy with a stop at any of these top bars, but you’ll have such a good time, that you won’t mind one bit! It might be worth waiting until after you have visited the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, however!