Here are the eight best speakeasies in Paris according to cocktail queen Forest Collins. Note: This list was written in 2018 and while the bars are still open, they’re not as secretive as they once were. Here’s a much newer list from when Forest joined the show again more recently.
Hidden behind an unmarked door at the back of a taco restaurant, Forest says this is “one of the best cocktail bars in the world.” She suggests to try the Gueppe Verte, “a refreshing but spicy cocktail – a modern classic.”
Address: 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 @candelariaparis
In a hotel called 1K, walk towards the kitchen area of the restaurant, where you’ll find the hidden entrance. “It’s a great place to go to get a first-hand taste of mescal,” says Forest. Tip: Order a flight of Mescal.
Address: 13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 @lamezcaleriaparis
Also hidden in the back of a restaurant, head to a completely unmarked door and push on through. “This is a small and space, with velour booths and flamingoes on the wall,” says Forest. She suggests to try a Zelda martini.
Address: 54 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 @fitzgerald.paris
Pass through a busy pizzeria, go through an unmarked door, and you’ll get into a passageway with a refrigerated area. Keep going, it gets dark and sexy real quick, you’ll feel you’re back in the prohibition era. You can even find cocktails in a flask hidden in a hollowed-out book.
Address: 5 Rue Sedaine, 75011 @moonshiner_cocktail_bar
In an Indian-themed tea room, ask if you can step into the back room. “They’ll lead you into a dark bar where the walls have TVs showing what you might see out a window on a train in India,” says Forest.
Address: 7 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 @baranaan_paris
It feels like you’re in a typical laundromat, until you open up a washing machine by pressing the start button. The whole wall opens and you’ll find a staircase going up to a cocktail bar.
Address: 30 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 @lavomatic_paris
7. No Entry
Downstairs at the Pink Mama restaurant, find the cold storage area downstairs and you will stumble upon a hidden cocktail bar. The martinis are great, says Forest.
Address: 20 bis Rue de Douai, 75009 @noentryspeakeasy
8. The Little Bar at Favela Chic
Pull back the heavy curtain at the back and you will find a private bar. It’s less intimidating to find than the ones with the secret panels, so feel free to pop around for a quiet drink.
Address: 18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 @favelachicparis
And that’s it! This whole list was based on an interview with cocktail queen Forest Collins, which you can listen to below.
Oh yes, and last time Forest was on the show, she gave us the best bar in every Paris arrondissement. See the full list here.
Find Forest Collins and her blog 52 Martinis here.
That’s all for now! Happy bar hopping!
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10 thoughts on “Speakeasies: The top 8 hidden bars in Paris”
Oh wow these finds are fabulous!!…I see a couple of nights of bar hopping coming my way!!..loved this list!!!
Great list! I’ll be heading to Paris with my brother later this month and neither of us are big wine drinkers so being able to find a place that will serve a good Martini, or Manhattan or Sidecar or just a Jameson’s on the rocks will be fun and most appreciated. Thanks.
Good luck with the bar hopping Amelia! Hope you find them all!
Yeah!!! So proud that Australia comes third! 🙂
These bars look amazing! Thanks for the share 🙂
What? No little red door😀
Are passwords required at any of these bars? Or do I just kind of stumble in?
This page needs a general map. I never know when I might need a good bar/speakeasy/drink. But if I had an official, Earful tower map with these locations pinned to it…