8 rue de Belleville
Paris, Île-de-France 75020
Once a café-theatre frequented by French legends like Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf, Aux Folies is now a grungy favorite among locals, students, and struggling artists who pack this place for its cheap drinks and raucous crowd. What sets this graffitied Belleville dive apart is its sun-soaked back-alley seating, a rarity for the typically shaded, narrow streets of the surrounding area. If you can manage to grab one of the plastic chairs outside, glue yourself to it -- they don’t come easy. Pints and cocktails are ordered table-side and are expected to be paid as they're served, rather than racking up a tab at the bar, so bring cash, preferably in small bills. Don’t be surprised if you see barmen hop up on the bar to dance at the end of the night, Coyote Ugly-style.