In a way, Paris just might be forever stuck in the 1920s; the style, the romantic nostalgia, the general attitude toward adultery -- and indeed the speakeasies. Sure, Europe never went through prohibition itself, but now these under-wraps drink dens are hidden for a different purpose: to keep them free of passing light-beer-fuled yokels. To make sure you are not that yokel, we’ve got the skinny on the very best hush-hush cocktail spots the city has to offer…
The 7 best speakeasies in Paris
1. Moonshiner5 rue Sedaine, Paris
2. Experimental Cocktail Club37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, Paris
3. Curio Parlor16 Rue des Bernardins, Paris
4. Le Très ParticulierPavillon D, 23 Ave Junot, Paris
5. Le Ballroom du Beef Club58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris
6. Candelaria52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris
7. L’Acte 394 rue Quincampoix, Paris
This is your quintessential speakeasy because the only way to get in is to find the secret entrance inside a busy pizza parlor. If you manage to do so, congrats, you deserve one of their tasty liquid concoctions.
This low-key Paris speakeasy provides a calm vibe and a comfortable space to sip on some creative and delicious cocktails, which the place is renowned for.
Brought to you by the owners of the Experimental Cocktail Club, this 'tail joint has an extensive drink menu and once you order, you can pull a curtain across your space for a more intimate and private experience.
Since this place is a secret, don't tell anyone we told you, but if you go into the boutique Hôtel Particulier de Montmartre and ring a buzzer at the black door and say “prendre un verre” (that's the password), you'll gain entry to this sweet secret garden and speakeasy.
Located in the basement of the resto Beef Club, this speakeasy is dimly lit, features lots of velvet and you know the drinks are spectacular since it was opened by the same folks behind the Experimental Cocktail Club.
Candelaria, in the 3rd arrondissement, is a practically 24hr taqueria that's got all the Mexican goodness you could want, plus a brunch menu and a ton of cocktails, including more than a few filled with tequila. The coolest part of Candelaria is the spot's well-hidden second half: behind an unmarked white door by the kitchen you'll find a DJ spinning alongside the bar that's now considered among the top four cocktail bars in the world according to Tales of the Cocktail.