Food & Drink

The Most Beautiful Bars in Paris

Published On 11/12/2015 Published On 11/12/2015

Pretty much everything in Paris is beautiful, with hotels, boutiques, museums, and monuments all making other cities look like they just got out of bed -- and there’s no reason why Parisian watering holes should be any less elegant. Here are the dozen most eye-friendly bars in the city:

Le Bar du Plaza d’Athénée

Champs-Elysées

So it’s a little futuristic but it’s still a beauty compared to most Parisian bars. With warm wood paneling mixing with a transparent bar and other contemporary features, the cozy drinkery is a contrast from many on this list. Its cocktails, however, are up there with the best of them, and with a restaurant by Alain Ducasse next door, we’d expect nothing less. The menu is available through a QR code, so it’s as geeky as it is pretty.

The Peninsula Paris- Official

Bar Kléber -- The Peninsula

Champs-Elysées

This ground floor bar at the Peninsula Hotel, opened in 2014, is basically like a boozy trip to Versailles. Pricey cocktails and Champagne flow for the well-dressed who show up for tibbles, spilling out onto the terrace when appropriate. The place has history and decoration to rival many of Paris’ monuments, so consider it a cultural experience as well.

Experimental Cocktail Club Paris

Experimental Cocktail Club

Montorgueil

You’ll find the trendiest of the trendy crowding around the bar at the Experimental Cocktail Club, with definite Prohibition-era vibes pulsating through its ritzy little space. Exposed brick and wood beams are the backdrop for chandeliers and dramatic lighting, but also for the cocktails made from the best stuff on Earth. Each drink is priced accordingly, but no one is complaining.

The Westin Paris - VendĂ´me

Le Bar Tuileries

Tuileries

Located in the Westin, right down the street from names like Bulgari, Dior, and Rolex, it’s not surprising that you’ll be dropping 21 euros on a Champagne and cucumber mojito. But it’s worth it to enjoy the relaxed and elegant bar decked out in crimson features. In the winter, the heated terrace opens up, adding an extra bit of beauty to this already top-notch bar.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Le Bar -- Four Seasons

Champs-Elysées

There’s nothing not beautiful about the Four Seasons, and Le Bar sticks to that rule. Intimate and refined, expect to find only the most elite clients sipping bubbly Champagne cocktails here, at 27 euros each. You’re paying for the space, of course, but you might as well tack on the 25-euro finger sandwiches smeared with foie gras to complete the experience. Go big, right?

Hotel d'Aubusson Paris

Café Laurent

Saint Germain

While most of the big-name pretty faces are on the Right Bank, the Left Bank also has its share of noteworthy lookers. The bar of the Hotel d’Aubusson is as appealing to the eyes as it is to the ears. Regular jazz concerts keep things lively while enjoying drinks from a menu featuring half a page dedicated to whiskey from around the world. It’s a cozy little hideaway in the fall and winter, but in warmer months, the bar spills into the picturesque outdoor courtyard.

Le Meurice

Bar 228

Louvre

The Hotel Le Meurice was famously the Nazi headquarters during World War II -- and the gorgeous bar might explain why. The lounge has a sort of James Bond feeling about it, with high ceilings and leather chairs spread across the room. Food and drink are all worthy of the tidy clientele who stop in, as well as the hotel guests lucky enough to spend a few nights at this pristine property.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Le Bar -- Shangri-La

Trocadéro

Cocktails with an Asian edge are just some of the drinks featured at this prestigious bar, not too far from the Eiffel Tower. The setting is a mash-up of contemporary and traditional details, with black leather chairs and tiger-print pillows among the Empire dĂ©cor. It’s not the type of place to just pop into for an after-work drink, but for something a bit more romantic. Try one of the signature creations, like the Gatsby with Champagne, Irish whiskey, and apricot liqueur.

Caves Legrand Filles et Fils

Legrand Filles et Fils

Palais Royal

Sometimes in Paris it’s best to forgo the cocktails and get back to basics -- wine. Legrand Filles et Fils has tables spilling into the gorgeous Galerie Vivienne, a restored 19th-century covered passageway. A seemingly endless choice of wine will help make the entire place even that much more beautiful as each glass nears empty.

Hotel Le Bristol Paris

Le Bar du Bristol

Champs-Elysées

The Hotel Bristol’s bar may feel like some overly elegant study, but it’s so much more than a pretty face. There’s a DJ on certain evenings while impeccable service caters to customers. Signature cocktails change from time to time, but look for the gingerbread Old Fashioned.

Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Les Heures

Champs-Elysées

Located in the Prince de Galles hotel, this bar is one for real cocktail enthusiasts. Traditional drinks as well as more modern signature creations grace the menu, including a Thai mojito with ginger and basil.

HĂ´tel Le Belmont - Paris

Bar de l’Hôtel Belmont

Champs-Elysées

If you are en route from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower as you play tourist, stop off at the Hotel Belmont. It’s got no gimmick and no interesting story -- it’s just gorgeous. The seating is plush and posh without going overboard. It makes excellent cocktails and is obsessively proud of them, given the number of booze-focused Facebook posts over the last year. Who can blame the place though? A bar that dazzling deserves to be celebrated.

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1. Le Bar du Plaza Athénée Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, 75008 (Champs Elysees)

It’s a little futuristic but it’s still a beauty compared to most Parisian bars. Le Bar du Plaza Athénée features a warm wood paneling mixing with a transparent bar and other contemporary features. It’s cocktails are up there with the best of them, and with a restaurant by Alain Ducasse next door, we’d expect nothing less. The menu is available through a QR code, so it’s as geeky as it is pretty.

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2. Kléber Bar at The Peninsula 19 Avenue Kléber, Paris, 75116 (Champs Elysees)

This ground floor bar at the Peninsula Hotel, opened in 2014, is basically like a boozy trip to Versailles. Pricey cocktails and Champagne flow for the well-dressed who show up for tibbles, spilling out onto the terrace when appropriate. The place has history and decoration to rival many of Paris’s monuments, so consider it a cultural experience as well.

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3. Experimental Cocktail Club 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, Paris, 75002

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.

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4. Bar Tuileries Westin Paris, Paris, 75001

Located in the Westin, right down the street from names like Bulgari, Dior, and Rolex, it’s not surprising that you’ll be dropping 21 euros on a Champagne and cucumber mojito. But it’s worth it to enjoy the relaxed and elegant bar decked out in crimson features. In the winter, the heated terrace opens up, adding an extra bit of beauty to this already top-notch bar.

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5. Le Bar 34 avenue George V, Paris, 75008 (Champs Elysees)

There’s nothing not beautiful about the Four Seasons, and Le Bar sticks to that rule. Intimate and refined, expect to find only the most elite clients sipping bubbly Champagne cocktails here, at 27 euros each. You’re paying for the space, of course, but you might as well tack on the 25 euros finger sandwiches smeared with foie gras to complete the experience. Go big, right?

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6. Café Laurent 33 rue Dauphine, Paris, 75006 (St Germain Des Pres)

While most of the big-name pretty faces are on the Right Bank, the Left Bank also has its share of noteworthy lookers. The bar of the Hotel d’Aubusson is as appealing to the eyes as it is to the ears. Regular jazz concerts keep things lively while enjoying drinks from a menu featuring half of a page dedicated to whiskey from around the world. It’s a cozy little hideaway in the fall and winter, but in warmer months, the bar spills onto the picturesque outdoor courtyard.

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7. Bar 228 HĂ´tel Le Meurice, Paris, 75001 (Louvre)

The Hotel Meurice was famously the Nazi headquarters during World War II – and the gorgeous bar might explain why. The lounge has a sort of James Bond feeling about it, with high ceilings and leather chairs spread across the room. Food and drink are all worthy of the tidy clientele who stop in, as well as the hotel guests lucky enough to spend a few nights at this pristine property.

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8. Bar du Shangri-La Hotel 10 Avenue d'IĂ©na, Paris, 75116

Le Bar Botaniste at the Shangri-La is a botanical, libational shrine to Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew, who at one point assembled the world’s largest private plant collection. Cocktails are made with rare botanical spirits, matching the nature-themed décor throughout the bar, from pale green walls with flower details to plants in every corner and authentic absinthe fountains. The Vanilla Sky cocktail combines fragrant cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, and vermouth added to a rye whiskey base.

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9. Legrand Filles et Fils 1 rue de la Banque, Paris, 75002

Sometimes in Paris it’s best to forgo the cocktails and get back to basics – wine. Legrand Fille et Fils has tables spilling onto the gorgeous Galérie Vivienne, a restored 19th century covered passageway. A seemingly endless choice of wine will help make the entire place even that much more beautiful as each glass nears empty.

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10. Bar du Bristol HĂ´tel Bristol, Paris, 75008 (Champs Elysees)

The Hotel Bristol’s bar may feel like some overly elegant study, but it’s so much more than a pretty face. There’s a D.J. on certain evenings while impeccable service caters to customers. Signature cocktails change from time to time, but look for the Gingerbread Old Fashioned.

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11. Les Heures HĂ´tel Prince de Galles, Paris, 75008 (Champs Elysees)

Located in the Prince de Galles hotel, this bar is one for real cocktail enthusiasts. Traditional drinks as well as more modern signature creations grace the menu, including a Thai Mojito with ginger and basil.

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12. Bar de l'Hôtel Belmont 4* - Champs Elysées 30 rue de Bassano, Paris, 75116 (Champs Elysees)

If you are en route from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower as you play tourist, stop off at the Hotel Belmont. It’s got no gimmick and no interesting story – it’s just gorgeous. The seating is plush and posh without going overboard. They make excellent cocktails and they are obsessively proud of them, given the number of booze-focused Facebook post over the last year. Who can blame them though? A bar that dazzling deserves to be celebrated.

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