From rooftops to wine bars, cool cocktail clubs to chic hotel bars, there are plenty of places to enjoy a drink in Paris. With the Champagne region under an hour away by train, the city offers a fine selection of champagne. Here, we guide you through five of the best places to drink champagne in Paris, including the oldest champagne bar in the city
Le Dokhan’s Bar
Said to be the first champagne bar established in Paris, Le Dokhan’s Bar now offers a staggering variety of the wine, rooted in tradition and quality. Every week the bar’s sommeliers select from the best wines of big-name houses and independent producers to ensure the finest options are available. On top of this, the head sommelier meets frequently with producers in Champagne to choose the wines that will be highlighted in the bar. With neo-classical décor and antique furniture, this is a wonderful place to indulge in a flute or two.
Le Dokhan’s Bar, 117 rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 5365 6699
If it’s champagne cocktails you are seeking, then Bar Hemingway in the Paris Ritz should be your first port of call. The bar has become a Parisian institution and former frequent visitors include F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper. This warm, intimate space, lined with rich wooden panels, is the perfect spot to head back in time and enjoy some of the best cocktails in Paris, including top bubbles. With over 20 original cocktails, all with a backstory, to choose from, Bar Hemingway is the perfect place to while away an evening.
Bar Hemingway, 15 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4316 3374
Le Bar du Plaza Athenée
Located just off the Champs-Élysées, avenue Montaigne is at the very heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle. Home to some of the city’s most luxurious shops, this is a district to see and be seen. Le Bar du Plaza Athenée is the perfect place to take a break from shopping and embrace the neighbourhood’s refined spirit. The champagne list here is impressive, with top bottles from Louis Roederer Cristal, Dom Pérignon 1998 and Krug Grande Cuvée. An impressive list of cocktails, including the Rose Royal with champagne and raspberry, make this the perfect place to end an indulgent day.
Le Bar du Plaza Athenée, 25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5367 6600
Canard & Champagne
Focusing on two emblematic French products, duck and champagne, this restaurant has quickly become a favourite in the second arrondissement. Located in the beautiful passage des Panoramas, the restaurant plays tribute to its historic surroundings yet is imbued with contemporary style. This twist on classic design extends to the food and drink menu, which offers two duck starters and three main courses, including duck breast fillet and homemade confit duck. The champagne menu is there to cut through the richness of the dishes and the waiters are eager to guide you through the list.
Canard & Champagne, 57 passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)9 8183 9569
With its grand chandelier, red velvet chairs and an abundance of mahogany, Le Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel George V is surely one of the chicest hotel bars in Paris. Le Bar offers a refined version of the traditional bar menu, with gourmet dishes accompanied by an impressive menu of cocktails. It features, perhaps unsurprisingly, a special section dedicated to classic champagne cocktails; creations include the George Fizz with fresh strawberries and raspberries, orange juice, guava juice and champagne.
Le Bar, Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4952 7000