Paris: epicenter of haute cuisine, culture, sophistication, and proud home to at least 10 Bad Decision Bars -- the places where dignity, credit cards, and rash-free status are all swiftly lost to the altar of "having one more drink".
These are Paris's Bad Decision Bars
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You will be surrounded by Aussies & wannabe Aussies ("That drink's called a cumshot! Noice!"), and at some point, you will come to the simultaneous realizations that a) the floor is covered in sand, and b) you don't know where your shoes are.
ABSINTHE BAR! I WANT TO HALLUCINATE!
There’s something about a rockabilly joint that attracts people wearing leather and leopard print and drinking cheap cheap beer, and for some reason, you.
The whiskey Cokes cost €4 a pop, so how did you end up spending €175 plus change and half a pack of gum in here? Also, what's that burning sensation?
Clues that something is desperately wrong: you're listing to a '90s rock band, sitting on a red leather seat, and feeling no sense of irony whatsoever.
It’s 4a and this bar is open for another hour, and a demi-pinte is only going to run you €2.20; you’ve got pocket change for that! Of course you want to down a few last beers under the light of a disco ball. You only have yourself to blame when you later stumble into a Pigalle “Chinese massage” establishment.
How the hell is it 6a already? Must be time for an after-hours drink, which you can do until 9a at this Belleville haunt. A shot of Jager could technically be considered a morning drink, right?
1. Le Piano Vache8 rue Laplace, Paris
2. O'Sullivan's92 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
3. Le Bar Dix10 rue de l'Odéon, Paris
4. Café Oz1 rue de Bruxelles, Paris
5. La Cantada13 Rue Moret, Paris
6. La Féline12 Rue Victor Letalle, Paris
7. Hideout46 Rue des Lombards, Paris
8. Les Furieux74 rue de la Roquette, Paris
9. Aux Noctambules24 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
10. Le Zorba137 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris
Grab the house specialty drink the Diable Rouge, or order up some cheap shots while you hang out amongst a crowd laden with students and expats.
When you feel like getting rowdy, an Irish pub is a good place to start. Grab a handful of pints here and fill your stomach with some awesome bar food afterwards.
The three drinks you should order are as follows: sangria, sangria, sangria. Why? It's cheap, it's tasty, and it's easily the best thing they pour.
There is sand on the floors and plenty of cheap shot specials. This Aussie bar knows how to have a good time.
You can order a number of different adult beverages here, but they're best known for their selection of absinthe, so you should probably get that.
Don't expect much more than rock and roll music, cheap beer, and people wearing leather, which should be good enough.
This 1st arrondissement Irish bar has great happy hour deals, not to mention seven giant TV screens if you're looking to watch a game.
Here you're find a myriad of uniquely named cocktails, dim lighting, metal music, and red & black furnishings, which all announces "Goth-rock bar" quite clearly.
With a name like "the Party People", there's a good chance this bar knows how to have fun. And with cheap drinks and a closing time of 5a, you'll probably have fun here too.