Let's Go Outside: Cool Parisian Bars for Hot Summer Days

Drink your way through the French capital to cool down during the hotter days.

With a heat wave taking over the French capital, there is only one thing to do... Enjoy cocktails to help you cool down in style.

Le Perchoir exterior

Le Perchoir

Le Perchoir de l’Est is back for another season and in turn has made many Parisians happy. The Le Perchoir bars are famous for offering guests magnificent views of the City of Light with the BHV Marais rooftop bar serving up a front row seat to the Hôtel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame, and here at the Gare de l’Est locale the backdrop is a confidential perspective of one of the oldest train stations in the city. Perched above the station, the bar is romantically located under the Eiffel rose window and looks onto one of the entrances to the busy station, creating quite the people-watching spot with travellers spotted coming in and out of the station, setting an energetic atmosphere while cocktails are served. The bar, which is open only during the warmer season, is a wonderful spot for al fresco cocktails while surrounded by gorgeous bouquets of flowers, delicately breaking up an otherwise very bustling location. Le Perchoir de l’Est is open from 6 pm, 4 pm on Fridays and 2 pm on the weekends. 10 Place du 11 Novembre 1918 (10th), 06 32 57 78 38

Gin drink on a white backdrop

Bar 8

A new head barman can only mean one thing, new cocktails, and at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris Judicaël Noël, who started at the hotel bar just a few months ago, is celebrating his arrival with an ephemeral bar in collaboration with Hendrick’s Gin. Set up in the garden terrace in front of the hotel’s Bar 8, the Hendrick’s Gin Bar is a British escape for cocktail hour. Embracing the origins of the gin, Noël has created two original cocktails for the pop-up event that can be enjoyed through to the 6th of October. Gin connoisseurs will be amused by the High Garden, served in a very English teacup, a nod to the British's fondness of tea, the spirit is mixed with Chartreuse, cucumber syrup, lemon juice and mint bitters before a splash of Champagne is added. For a sweeter drink, the barman has created the Sweet Mandarin, with the gin mixed in with vanilla, mandarine nectar, vanilla bitters and yuzu juice, making for quite the drinkable dessert. 251 rue Saint-Honoré (1st), 01 70 98 78 88    

Patio bar

La Boumette

With the warmer weather taking over the city the idea of partying indoors isn’t very appealing and that’s where La Boumette steps in. The al fresco club takes you outside, at the foot of the famous Opéra Garnier every weekend, where up until the end of September resident DJ Ludo Di Lucci will be spinning and Cointreau will be serving up refreshing cocktails. The pop-up club opens its doors at 10 pm where revellers can enjoy cocktails under the star-filled Parisian sky before the real party starts at midnight. Ladies are treated to free entry before midnight. Place Jacques Rouché (9th), 07 89 05 32 81

Mona Darlin’

All summer the Mona Bismarck American Center will be hosting Mona Darlin’, a programme bursting with jazz, hip-hop and funk. Celebrating American pop culture, the cultural centre will be putting on live concerts in its spacious hidden garden where you can chill out with drinks, music and a sneak peak of the Eiffel Tower that sits just across the River Seine from the centre. The summer house is open every Friday and Saturday. 34 ave de New York (16th), 01 47 23 38 88

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If you’re looking to watch the sun set in the French capital with a cooling drink in hand make sure you reserve yourself a table at Le Papa Cabane. Back for its second year running, the pop-up bar is open until the end of August and is serving up music, street food and the South of France-popular sport, Pétanque. Open every Thursday, Le Papa Cabane has set up quite the inviting atmosphere with a boho chic décor complete with plants and environmentally friendly furniture, making you and the environment feel good. The summer spot has mojitos, rosé wine and hotdogs on the menu with music soundtracking your outdoor Parisian evening. Rue Paul Belmondo (12th), 01 53 46 50 17

Outdoor bar area

Panerai Yacht Club

For the second year running, the Park Hyatt Paris - Vendôme is welcoming back the Panerai Yacht Club and setting sail for cocktail hour until the end of September. The pop-up space, complete with sails, is a chic escape for a drink courtesy of Campari with an Italian cocktail bar docking in the hotel’s gorgeous patio. Spritz, Americano and Bellini cocktails are all on the menu, to be enjoyed alfresco-style under the Parisian skies. The “Yacht Club” is also open for lunch and dinner with a menu put together by the hotel’s chef, Jean-François Rouquette, who has brought Italy to Paris with a delicious selection of antipasti and pasta dishes. Park Hyatt Paris - Vendôme; 5 rue de la Paix (2nd), 01 58 71 12 34 

Royal des Lices Head to the South of France without even leaving the French capital courtesy of the Royal Monceau Hotel. The posh hotel has turned its terrace into the Royal des Lices, with the ephemeral bar inspired by the famous Place des Lices market in Saint Tropez and bringing it to Paris. Open until mid-September, the bar invites you to enjoy a chilled glass of rosé and partake in the French's most favoured summer sport, pétanque, with the hotel setting a court amid its hidden terrace. surrounded by the colours of the Mediterranean, sip and play your day away in Paris. Reservations are required. Royal Monceau; 37 ave Hoche (8th), 01 42 99 88 82  Outdoor bar area

Sandra Iskander
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