Earful Tower listeners!
Here are the ten best speakeasies in Paris according to cocktail queen and return guest Forest Collins. In this episode, she also explains why Parisians love hidden bars, and why she doesn’t feel terribly guilty in spilling the beans about them.
Of course, listen to the episode here for the full story (the list begins about a quarter of the way through), or just scroll down for the short form. Enjoy!
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 Paris
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 Paris
Find the unmarked door at the back of the Osteria restaurant, push through, and you’ll wander down a stone staircase to a hidden bar. “Old Paris vaulted stone, comfy little sofas, and ask for a bespoke cocktail,” says Forest.
Address: 60 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris
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 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 Paris
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 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 Paris
8. La Mina
Fun and interesting drinks at this place, says Forest. You need to find the stairs at the back of the upstairs bar in the Carbon restaurant. They serve a beer in a shot glass made of a ceramic duck leg but check out their cocktails too. New, trendy, great food. Carbon
Address: 14 rue Charlot Paris 75003
9. 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 Paris
10. 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 Paris
Well, that’s it! Enjoy your barhopping in Paris.
Oh yes, and last time Forest was on the show, she gave us the best bar in every Paris arrondissement. Listen to that one here, or see the full list here.
Find Forest Collins and her blog 52 Martinis here.
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