Paris has its fair share of drinking dens, from cool cocktail bars to softly lit wine bars, yet for some of the most chic drinking spots in the city head to several of its hotels. French hoteliers have created some of the most aspirational spaces in the capital; if you choose your accommodation well you won’t even have to leave your hotel for some of the best drinks in the city. Offering everything from classic cocktails to new punchy creations, these are the best hotel bars to visit in Paris
Grand Pigalle Hotel
The once down-at-heel Pigalle neighbourhood has been revived in recent years and is now a great place to enjoy the city’s bohemian atmosphere and its vibrant lifestyle. The area’s colourful history has plenty of appeal and the neighbourhood draws in a lively crowd thanks to its animated nightlife. The South Pigalle or SoPi neighbourhood is the location of Grand Pigalle Hotel. This is a venture from Experimental Group, famous for its top cocktails. Chic touches such as brass lamps, retro-printed wallpaper and tiled floors are sure to pique the interest of design lovers. The hotel’s wine bar is the hub, attracting resident guests and outside visitors alike, all eager to sample the house cocktails and generous wine list.
Grand Pigalle Hotel, 29 rue Victor Massé, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 8573 1200
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
Located in the hilly Montmartre district, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is the perfect hidden gem, ideal for those wanting to escape the main areas of Paris. The hotel’s bar, Le Très Particulier is just one of the many exceptional services here. Hôtel Particulier Montmartre has teamed up with famous interior designer Pierre Lacroix to create a truly special drinking den complete with concealed doors, tropical Garden of Eden-style décor and lush deep red velvet chairs. Inspired by nature, the bar completely transports visitors out of the city. This is a great place for an intimate rendezvous and for candle-lit cocktails; indoors, the bar is hopelessly romantic while the outdoor terrace is one of the most sought-after spots in the warm summer months.
Hôtel Particuler Montmartre, 23 avenue Junot, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 5341 8140
Mama Shelter Paris
Mama Shelter is regarded as one of the coolest hotels in Paris thanks to its hip interiors, homemade cuisine, beautiful rooftop and huge bar. Rewriting all you know about hotel bars, the Mama Shelter bar attracts the cool crowd of Paris, who come to enjoy the laidback atmosphere and top cocktails. A low chalkboard ceiling and football table add to the vibe while soft lighting is a great mood setter. The cocktail menu has its fair share of traditional cocktails, and are set alongside top tipples such as Passion Ginger Fizz, Hemingway Daiquiri and, our favourite, Peach Please, made with Cointreau, peach purée and ginger beer. The wine list is equally impressive. For those who need something on the side, be sure to order a pizza ‒ from a menu devised in collaboration with renowned chef Guy Savoy.
Mama Shelter bar, 109 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, +33 (0)1 4348 4848
Bar Hemingway at The Ritz
Richly panelled Bar Hemingway at The Ritz is one of the most famous drinking destinations in Paris. This watering hole may be small in size but its history and reputation are mighty. Bar Hemingway has welcomed some of the world’s most prestigious authors, such as F Scott Fitzgerald and, of course, Ernest Hemingway after whom the bar is named. The cocktails of head barman Colin Peter Field are legendary, with classics given a fun interpretation, such as the Clean Dirty Martini served with a frozen cube of olive juice. Here, no detail is forgotten, with impeccable staff, perfectly poured cocktails and quirky memorabilia. It is no surprise that Bar Hemingway is on many peoples bucket lists.
Bar Hemingway, The Ritz, 15 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4316 3374
Le Bar at Les Bains
Les Bains is a former 19th-century bathhouse that became a flamboyant hotel in 1978 ‒ and was once an after-dark stomping ground of Mick Jagger and David Bowie. After a significant makeover it reopened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2015 and it exudes a sense of style and rock-history appeal. Making a bold mark on Paris’s hotel scene, the property is a standout place to stay in the city’s historic third arrondissement. The interior design has been carefully orchestrated to capture multiple moods throughout the hotel, from moody ceilings and corridors, to vintage features in the bedrooms and graffiti by American street artist Futura in the interior courtyard. The bar is the hotel’s showstopping feature. A brilliant feat of architectural design, it has a buzzing atmosphere and is fronted by top bartenders and mixologists. Using fresh herbs, house wines and spirits, the bar staff can concoct classic cocktails and new creations. With juices and wellness drinks also on offer, there is something for everyone here.
Les Bains, 7 rue du Bourg-l’Abbé, 75003 Paris, +33 (0)1 4277 0707