Top 5 Quirky and Unusual Bars in Paris You Need To Try
Hard to believe, but even Paris’ bars can sometimes get a little monotonous. If you’ve had your fill of the typical drinking scene and want to bring home a memorable story or two, you’ll have to do a little hunting around. These aren’t places you’ll find on busy main streets, but if you’re the kind of person who always likes to know the hidden gem nearby, take note of these hot spots for your next night out in Paris.
Little Red Door
This speakeasy-style lounge is exactly what you’d expect: enter through an unassuming little red door (duh) into a tiny bar that serves simple and simply marvelous drinks. The bartenders are also more than happy to go off-menu, so why not challenge them a bit and let them go wild with a new creation just for you? [More info]
60 Rue Charlot, 75003
Métro: Filles du Calvaire
With feathery chandeliers and leopard print furnishings, S n’S looks like the inside of a freaky genie’s bottle. But the funky décor strips all visitors of pretension, and the amazing, creative cocktails will keep you coming back for more. As a bonus, Shake n’Smash offers a small menu of superb food and twice-weekly free acoustic concerts to enjoy alongside your cocktail. [More info]
87 Rue de Turbigo, 75003
Métro: Temple or République
Marlusse et Lapin
Sure, South Pigalle is the current up-and-coming hipster ‘hood in Paris. But the side streets just north of Pigalle contain a handful of weird places to hang out, from heavy metal bars to a Russian bar specializing in beers of the world. My favorite, though, is Marlusse et Lapin, a little place with grandma-style décor – think floral wallpaper, velour couches and an old sewing machine table at which you can sip your drink – and super cheap happy hour prices. [More info]
14 Rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris
Le Caveau des Oubliettes
For a darker take on the traditional jazz-lounge-in-a-cave jam session, head to Le Caveau des Oubliettes, which is housed in an actual 12th century prison. Guillotines, secret passages and torture instruments surround patrons who come for the nightly free concerts. There aren’t many bars like this in the world, so take the opportunity to discover this unusual, if slightly morbid, Latin Quarter spot. [More info]
52 Rue Galande, 75005
Métro: Saint-Michel or Cluny-La Sorbonne
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Le Comptoir Générale
Le Comptoir Générale describes itself as “a ghetto museum,” and is located behind a guarded gate and down an alley near the Canal St. Martin, and is full of weird themed rooms. One is a classroom, complete with old desk-chairs. One is a room of curiosities, full of taxidermied animals and odd potions in strange bottles. There’s a “record store” adjacent to the ladies’ room. In the backyard in the summer they play old movies on a projector. And drinks start at 3€. Need I say more? [More info]
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent or Goncourt
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