The Best New Cocktail Bars in Paris

Handcrafted cocktails are always in style.

After seeing the Eiffel Tower and shopping along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées there is nothing better than enjoying a cocktail and here we bring you our top three favourite bars.

Ritz bar in Paris
The Ritz's new old-world, art deco bar (©Vincent Leroux)

The Ritz Bar

The highly anticipated reopening of the Ritz Hotel came with it a new addition to the bar scene here in Paris, the new Ritz Bar. The art deco bar boasts an old-world feel with elegant touches seen throughout this ritzy establishment from the vintage glasses to the romance of the cocktail menu.

The menu sees each cocktail described with the feeling and the inspiration of the drink, never divulging its ingredients, though of course the bar staff will let you in on the secret mixes. Try the Bermude Crusta, a fruity journey to the exotic Bermuda Island made with rum or try the Soleil d’Hiver (Winter Sun), which—as the menu declares—will warm your heart.

Da Nico is ripe with some of the best cocktails in Paris. (©Benoit Linero)

Da Nico

One of our favourite bars at the moment is Da Nico, and it is not because it is found at one of our favourite restaurants, it is because this speakeasy bar offers patrons quite the original cocktail menu thanks to the talents of mixologist Nico de Soto, who updates his offerings on a regular basis.

The bar is hidden behind the lush velvety curtains at the back of Daroco, the Italian restaurant that was formerly Jean Paul Gaultier’s boutique. Once you make yourself through the restaurant and push the curtains to the side you will walk into the contemporary bar, both in décor and its cocktail offerings.

Travelling the world and staying ahead of cocktail trends has given Nico the unique talent of making drinks with interesting ingredients, and the result is a menu that includes cocktails with fun names and surprising mixes such as the Vodka Not Too Sweet made with vodka, green tea, kale, lemon juice and quinoa. The bar is open daily from 6 pm to 2 am and is perfect for drinks before or after dinner.

Grand Hotel Amour sign in Paris
The Grand Hotel Amour is quickly becoming a Parisian hangout. (Courtesy Grand Hotel Amour)

Hôtel Grand Amour

The 10th arrondissement is fast becoming the fashion world’s go-to for the coolest bars and true to form for fashionable addresses most of these places are so off-the-beaten track that unless you know where to find them you will be none the wiser.

One of said hottest addresses is the Hôtel Grand Amour where designers, fashion editors and artists have made it their cocktail rendezvous during Paris Fashion Week. The bar/restaurant is not only great for people watching but it also boasts a cocktail menu with plenty of original drinks to choose from including the Rosemary Gin made with gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup for an original herby twist, and cucumber. The best seat in the house is in the patio with fairy lights twinkling above your heads.