Paris, the international capital of gastronomy, was long a poor city for drinkers. Beyond a hastily mixed spritz on a terrasse and wine-by-the-glass lists rarely venturing away from Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Loire, drinks here were simply a complement to a meal – and bars as spaces for socialising, not serious mixology. Today, the bars in Paris are wildly different. Paris is now home to some of the world’s most innovative and lauded cocktail bars which stay open well into the early hours. Wine bars have done away with dusty bottles of Claret in favour of wax-sealed natural cuvées. And hotel bars are back with a vengeance, more fabulous than ever. If you’re looking for the best bars in Paris right now, you’re spoiled for choice. Read on, sip up, and say santé.
How we choose the best bars in Paris
Every bar on this list has been selected independently by our editors and written by a Condé Nast Traveller journalist who knows the destination and has eaten at that restaurant. When choosing bars, our editors consider both high end and affordable establishments that offer an authentic and insider experience of a destination. We're always looking for stand-out cocktails and wine lists, a great location and warm service – as well as serious sustainability credentials. We update this list regularly as new bars open and existing ones evolve.