Arguably the most romantic city in the world, Paris is full of elegant bars and intimate speakeasies. Grab a drinking buddy and head to one of our top picks for a magical evening in Paris.
For a truly elegant evening, head to the notoriously chic Hotel Costes bar in the 1st arrondissement. A true den of excess, the bar takes up the entire ground floor of the hotel, with intimate alcoves surrounding the central courtyard terrace. The pricy drinks are well worth the luxe environs and the likely celebrity sighting.
Tucked away in Montorguiel is one of the city’s most renowned cocktail bars, Experimental Cocktail Club. A gorgeously low-lit one-room speakeasy decorated with exposed brick, black Chesterfields, and a sleek vintage zinc bar, ECC is the epitome of Parisian chic. The expert barkeeps will mix you anything your heart desires, but we recommend trying one of the bar’s experimental originals, such as the Tears and Vinegar, a curiously delicious mixture of whiskey and balsamic.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Companie des Vins Surnaturels, the wine bar from the team behind Experimental Cocktail Club, is a wine-lover’s dream come true. With over 300 labels to choose from, the bar’s expert sommeliers can help you select a wine based on both price range and palette. Pair you glass with a bread and cheese plate, and while away the evening beside the elegant fireplace.
Located in the heart of Saint Germain, Prescription Cocktail Club is a slightly bigger venture from the owners behind Experimental Cocktail Club. Prescription echoes ECC’s elegant speakeasy vibe with wood-lined sofas, a grand staircase, and even a bar hidden behind a bookcase. Prescription also serves up creative cocktails handcrafted by expect barkeep.
For a drink with a view, head to Le Perchoir, a chic rooftop restaurant on the seventh floor of a nondescript building in Menilmontant. The vast space is surrounded by a handsome bar, comfortable sofas, potted plants, and garlands of coloured lights. Pair the cocktail of the day with the signature dish, seared tuna potato chips topped with spicy mayo and crispy leeks.