5 unique bars you should visit in Paris

Le Baron Rouge is so popular that many have to enjoy their drinks on the sidewalk! Photo: Malias  Source: Flickr, creative commons-licenced.

Le Baron Rouge is so popular that many have to enjoy their drinks on the sidewalk! Photo: Malias Source: Flickr, creative commons-licenced.

Parisians love going out to meet and mingle with their friends. Not surprisingly the city is not only full of cafés, but also bars of all styles. If you want to get a beer or two (or three, or four…) it´s not hard to find a bar or a pub. But stumbling upon a bar that not only serves you beer, but also an experience is another thing – even in Paris. That´s why we put together 5 unique but individual bars all from different parts of Paris. Make sure you go out to explore these next time you´re in town!

 

Aux Folies

Aux Folies bar in artsy Belleville neighbourhood. A bit rough, but really cool! Photo: Akuppa John Wigham  Source: Flickr, creative commons-licenced.

Aux Folies bar in artsy Belleville neighbourhood. A bit rough, but really cool! Photo: Akuppa John Wigham Source: Flickr, creative commons-licenced.

Aux Folies is an artsy bar in the equally artsy Belleville neighborhood. This place will most likely be absolutely packed by sunset – local students love to hang out there in the afternoon, doing their thing and waiting for the night´s aperitif or few.

In Aux Folies beer and cocktails are very affordable compared to more trendy and high-end places in the downtown. A fact that surely contributes to the number of people who like to enjoy the place!

The Belville neighborhood is a little bit on the rugged side, though. If it wasn´t for Aux Folies and neighboring art galleries and such, it would classify as a dark alley to avoid. But don´t worry – the place is so insanely popular that you´ll blend in well with the fun loving locals.

If you love rugged, laid-back and artsy atmosphere, street culture and graffiti, this place is a must to see. It´s not a place for a all night party, though. Doors close at 11pm.

How to get there:

8 rue de Belleville
Metro: Belleville
Open: 7am – 11 pm

 

UDO Bar

Visiting UDO Bar makes you wonder if you have ended up in Berlin, Germany instead of Paris, France. The bar has a great selection of foreign beers, many from Germany, and of course German wurst. Sausage that is.

The bar and neighborhood are both a bit on the rougher side – but the intimate and laid back atmosphere with electronic music playing mellows it down a lot. Of course all that means that this is a real thing – a real, crowded neighborhood bar. So, if you´re looking for a real thing, head over to UDO Bar.

How to get there: 4 rue Neuve Popincourt
11e
Open 6pm – 2am
Metro: Parmentier

 

Le Kremlin

A soviet oasis in the heart of Paris? Maybe so, maybe no! Le Kremlin is über hip, recently opened bar in the famous Pigalle-disctrict. But this is no cabaret, but a honest bar with honest selection of Vodka and Russian Baltika-beers.

When sipping your beer or downing the vodka shot, let your eyes wander around the communist-style red interior and numerous Soviet propaganda posters that decorate the place. Despite it´s strong Soviet vibe, the bar is frequented by many, many locals. But hey, socialists are doing fairly well in French politics after all!

How to get there:

6 rue André Antoine
Metro: Pigalle-station
Open 6pm – 2am

 

Le 138

Looking for a late night snack or a mellow place to chat with a friend in the wee hours? Head over to Bastille neighborhood and find your way to Le 138.

Le 138 is a rather laid-back bar that remains open until 5am in weekends. So it´s perfect ending for a night, after other bars have closed at 2am. Especially if you don´t want to go to a loud night club.

At Le 138 the kitchen is open until the end and serves you with salads and sandwiches, wine and beer.

If you still want to get up and move it, the rock-playing bar has also a dance floor downstairs.

How to get there:

138 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
12 e arrondissement
Open: 7:30 am – 2 am weekdays / 5 am weekends
Metro: Ledru-Rollin

 

Le Baron Rouge

The Red Baron, Le Baron Rouge. The name obviously is from the famous German fighter pilot Manfred vin Richthoffen who shot down almost 80 enemy war planes in WWI. But there are no dogfights here, just barrel after barrel of local wine. So if you´re thirsty for a beer, this place is probably not your choice. But if you love good food and wine – go ahead! But remember to arrive early, because during after-work hours you have to sip your wine on the sidewalk with probably tens of others.

How to get there: 1 rue Théophile Roussel
12e arrondissement

Open until 10pm except 4pm on Sundays