Below is my list of the top 10 bars and clubs in Paris:
5 rue St Sulpice, Metro: Odeon
FUBAR is a great place for martinis near Boulevard St. Germain. It attracts both locals and visitors, and has a lively atmosphere.
2. The Moosehead
16 rue des Quatre Vents, Metro: Odeon
The Moosehead is a fun Canadian bar on the Left Bank. After throwing back a few martinis at FUBAR, head across the street to “The Moose” for some good beer or creative cocktails.
15, Rue Montalivet, Metro: Miromesnil
Bugsy’s is the perfect place to grab some good British pub food and a few drinks. It’s a popular hangout for the diplomats from the U.S. and British embassies, so if you’re a policy wonk, this could be the place for you.
4. Violin Dingue
46 rue de la Montagne, Metro: Maubert Mutualite
Located near the Sorbonne, “VD” attracts the student crowd with its good cocktails and late night dancing.
5. Harry’s New York Bar
5 rue Daunou, Metro: Opera
A Parisian landmark, Harry’s New York Bar has been operating since 1911. The legendary birthplace of the Bloody Mary, Harry’s is a great place for a low-key night of drinking with friends.
6. Hotel Costes
239 rue Saint-Honore, Metro: Tuileries, Concorde
One of the most desirable places to see and be seen, the bar at the Hotel Costes is a popular place for cocktails in Paris. Be prepared to pay up.
7. Laduree Bar
75 ave des Champs Elysees, or 13 rue Lincoln, Metro: George V
Hip, trendy, and oh-so-delicious, Laduree Bar is located in one of Paris’ swankiest neighborhoods. Go for the famous macaron-inspired cocktails, or to admire the gorgeous design.
8. Barrio Latino
46-48, Rue du Faubourg St-Antoine, Metro: Bastille
This four-story bar and restaurant is a must for all who love Latin music. While you won’t find traditional salsa played, it’s a fun place to dance the night away with friends.
102, Ave. Champs Elysees, Metro: George V
One of the most famous clubs in Paris, Queen (read: drag queen) is a favorite destination for people-watching. The club attracts both the gay and straight crowds, and is a good place for dancing.
10. Buddha Bar
8, Rue Boissy d’ Anglais, Metro: Concorde
One of the most famous bars in Paris, Buddha Bar is a must-visit even if you don’t care to spend 20 euros on a cocktail. Whether you go for a drink, a meal, or just a walk-through, Buddha Bar’s famous ambiance and music are not to be missed.