Micro-bars in Paris

Do something different at cocktail hour: go to a micro-bar, the latest Parisian trend. Each one has its own particular appeal, but they are all friendly places, which probably explains why they are so popular and often packed.

Insider’s guide to Paris micro-bars

Les Idiots, foule au bar, Paris © OTCP - DR

In Paris, little places can have big appeal. While the French capital has an incredible variety of places to drink, micro-bars are doing particularly well at the moment. ‘Small is beautiful’ is definitely the latest trend when it comes to watering holes.
What exactly are micro-bars? They are small – sometimes tiny – spaces that people are willing to squeeze into because of their idiosyncratic appeal and decor and friendly, animated atmosphere.

Most people go to a micro-bar for an aperitif before heading on elsewhere, though you can also join a crowd of regulars for a quick meal, or drop in later for a nightcap. Micro-bars are not an all-new phenomenon in Paris: seasoned night owls have long been familiar with places like Chez Camille in the Abbesses district and Zéro Zéro on Rue Amelot. The reason these mini-bars have become so popular in recent times is that Parisians are increasingly seeking out lesser-known and insider-only places to meet up for a drink. Micro-bars can be quiet spots away from the city’s bustle or be heaving with people, depending on the time of day and which day of the week you choose to go, so unless you check ahead of time you should be prepared for a crowd.

Le Little

Bar
4 avenue de la République, Paris, 75011

Literally a stone’s throw from the renovated and partly pedestrianized Place de la République, the Little is aptly named. This......

Les Idiots

Bar
115 boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, 75011

This bar on Boulevard Ménilmontant is so low-key you’d miss it if you blinked. The interior is warm and welcoming, and it is......

L'Experimental Cocktail Club

Bar
37 rue Saint-Sauveur, Paris, 75002

Fresh fruit juice, spices and rare spirits are the main ingredients at 'mixology bars', a popular concept created across the......

L'entrée des artistes - Pigalle

Bar
30-32 rue Victor Massé, Paris, 75009

The Entrée des Artistes is a cocktail bar ideally located in one of Paris's most popular districts with night owls, in Pigalle.......

Chez Camille

Bar
8 rue Ravignan, Paris, 75018

Located along the route up from Place des Abbesses to Montmartre, next to the Bateau-Lavoir building where Picasso once had a......