Paris has a monumentally good drinking scene... literally! That is to say, by way of terrible puns, that adjacent to all of the French capital’s famed and iconic monuments are a number of equally fantastic drinkeries... so bringing you nothing less than the absolute best way to take in Paris’s sights in a single day, here is the Monument Crawl.
A Paris monument bar crawl
... you can join the rest of Paris’s glitterati and have a cocktail (their mojito is actually good, and involves watermelon & pimento) on the terrace. You may not be able to see the tower just from your seat, but after you’re done drinking, walk right on down to the Seine and take in that beautiful view.
... Arc de Triomphe. While you’re at it, you should probably throw down for a drink on the Champs as well. Head to Charlie Birdy, a quirky, American-inspired bar (which means you can get both Duff Beer and Brooklyn Lager). The cocktail list is extensive and the really good news is that if you mess up and do this pub crawl in the opposite direction, Charlie Birdy is open until 5am.
Bar: Willi’s Wine Bar
Monuments: Le Louvre + Palais Royal
With two major monuments checked off, it’s time to hit two at once. Since you’re going to be drinking a lot this evening, best to metro it over to the Louvre. Go ahead, take a spin around the huge glass pyramid right in the center of where
... all the kings used to live until Louis the XIV decided it wasn’t big enough for him and trekked out to Versailles. Then walk through the apparently tiny Palais Royal. Since you’re in Paris, go for a glass of wine and some charcuterie at Willi’s Wine Bar, serving local vino to an international crowd for over 30yrs. There’s an extensive list by the glass and if you don’t know what to get, just ask.
... selfie, then head to Le K1ZE just down the street. Just in case the fancy food at Willi’s Wine Bar wasn’t enough for you, besides being lovers of hops (you’ll want to try their German-style home brew beer), Le K1ZE loves cheeseburgers. And you do, too. Get one down and head to the other side of the river.
Stops 5 & 6
Bars: Le Quarante Trois Cocktail Bar (6th arrondissement) and Pub Saint Michel (5th arrondissement)
Monument: Notre Dame
Right across the river from Notre Dame you’ll find a Holiday Inn. While there’s nothing sexy about a Holiday Inn, you’d be remiss if you skipped it: there’s a rooftop bar, Le Quarante Trois Cocktail Bar. From here you have a killer
... view of Notre Dame and plenty of specialty cocktails (recommended? The Koh Tao: it has tequila, passion fruit liqueur, and mango.). But be careful: it’s reserved for hotel guests and after that it’s capped at 50 visitors from the “outside”. Best option is to make a reservation. Can’t get in? Pout, then meander over to Pub Saint Michel where you can drown your sorrows in a far less fancy cocktail of barley, hops, and water.
... loud bars around it. In a sea of bad beer and cheap shots, you have your pick of place, but if you want to stay on the “I am an in-the-know Parisian” route, slip into Sherry Butt for a drink. It's a fantastic whiskey bar, so get the house specialty cocktail Shimbashi (Japanese whiskey, Fino sherry, and bitters) and then stumble over to the Bastille monument, and toward the final port of call...
Bar: Le Perchoir
Monument: all of them
If you get to a point where you simply can’t be bothered to be crawling around town and just want one spot to see it all, then head to Le Perchoir (or if you’re just getting sloppy and need one place to end the whole damn thing). Yes, it’s a rooftop bar, and yes you have a view over pretty much the entire city. Here’s the place to get your sunset view of Sacre-Coeur, along with a fancy imported bottled beer -- but your best bet is probably the cocktail du jour, where you’ll get whatever specialty the bartender is in the mood to make. It's the perfect thing to round off your crawl.
1. Tokyo Eat13 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris
2. Eiffel Tower5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris
3. Charlie Birdy124 rue de La Boétie, Paris
4. Arc de TriomphePlace Charles de Gaulle, Paris
5. Willi's Wine Bar13 rue des Petits Champs, Paris
6. Musée du Louvre99 Rue de Rivoli, Paris
7. Palais RoyalPlace du Palais Royal, Paris
8. Le K1ZE15 rue Gaillon, Paris
9. Opéra Garnier8 rue Scribe, Paris
10. Le Quarante Trois Cocktail Bar4 rue Danton, Paris
11. Pub Saint Michel19 Quai Saint-Michel, Paris
12. Notre Dame de Paris6 parvis Notre-Dame, Paris
13. Sherry Butt20 rue Beautreillis, Paris
14. Place de la BastillePlace de la Bastille, Paris
15. Le Perchoir14 Rue Crespin du Gast, Paris
16. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris
This bar and resto draws a hip crowd, probably because the 'tenders here whip up killer cocktails (especially their mojito) and once you have your drink, grab a spot on the terrace for a sweet view of the river.
Built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower is Paris's most notable and iconic landmark.
Looking for an American bar in Paris? Drop by Charlie Birdy, which has an extensive cocktail list and American beers like Brooklyn Lager.
One of the most recognizable monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe stands at 164ft and was erected to commemorate soldiers who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
Located in the 1st arrondissement, Willi's has been pouring wine from an extensive list to delighted patrons for more than 30 years.
The Louvre is one of the most famous and acclaimed museums in the world, featuring works from Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
This historic palace was finished in 1639 and is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city, complete with a massive, breath-taking garden.
This 2nd arrondissement drinkery slings a special mojito (called a K1zito) in addition to a variety of tasty and juicy burgers.
Historically known as "Opéra de Paris", this historic 1,979-seat opera house was completed in 1875 and is one of (if not the most) the most well-known opera houses in the world.
Located on the roof of a Holiday Inn in the 6th, this place has a killer view of the Notre Dame cathedral. But you won't get in unless you're a guest at the hotel.
Located near the Notre Dame cathedral, Pub Saint Michel is a quality drinkery to sip some adult beverages, especially their cocktails.
French for "Our Lady of Paris", this historic cathedral is considered as one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture and is one of the most well-known church buildings on Earth.
This cocktail bar may have a strange name, but its dim lights and chill music make it the perfect spot to sip on some of the city's best cocktails.
This landmark, monument, and square is where the Bastille prison stood until it was destroyed in 1790, and it now plays host to concerts and other events.
The kitchen here may not call to foodies, but cocktail fans who appreciate a view will definitely want to clamor to this BHV department store. Each summer, the rooftop hosts Le Perchoir, one of the city’s rare and raved-over rooftop bars. Light tapas -- think ham and cornichons -- are served with drinks ranging from Old Fashions to bottles of rosé. The views across the city, including the Eiffel Tower, will make any wait at the elevator to get up worth it -- assuming you manage to get in!