1. Experimental Cocktail Club
You can’t talk about the craft cocktail scene in Paris without mentioning Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC), and with a barely marked door off of a side street to the famed restaurant street Rue Montorgeuil, it’s one of Paris’s first speakeasy-themed bars. But since it’s been around for a few years, it’s also popular which means it can be hard to get into. Obsessive barkeeps will mix you anything from a precision-crafted classic (their Tommy's Marg comes w/ bourbon vanilla & cloves), to an appropriately experimental original, such as the Tears and Vinegar which mixes whiskey w/ balsamic to delicious effect.
2. Curio Parlor
A few taxidermy animals with your cocktail sir? Brought to you by the owners of ECC, at Curio Parlor, there are private nooks complete with curtains so you can section you and your date off from the rest of the world. They’re known for serving a proper cocktail, and since it’s busy, if you want to make the best of it, consider heading on a weeknight. Also? It contains the only Nikka whiskey bar outside of Japan.