From the terrace rooftop bar, you can just see the Parc des Princes, just behind, and shielded by, the rugby stadium, Stade Jean Bouin. This is a brand new bar, opened in May 2014, and a more beautiful rooftop terrace bar is not to be found this side of Paris. Seating is offered all around the expansive terrace which is in a U shape with the famous Molitor swimming pool your view below. The Eiffel Tower is visible in one direction, the Parc des Princes in another and Stade Roland Garros in yet another, both less than a 10 minute walk away. The bartendar will offer you both signature and custom made cocktails with extravagant touches like a whole vanilla bean as garnish. The living herb garden wall just behind the open bar is both for visual appeal and also provides the mixologist fresh ingredients : rosemary, verveine and thyme.
Underneath the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III, on the Rive Gauche side, there is now Faust. While the interior is reserved for dining, the outdoor seating is used as both a dining and drinking area. And sometimes – check their FB page for updates – flashmobs of 300 and more gather to toast one another in this hottest of Paris hotspots on the banks of the Seine. This is the 'better half' of the perfect duo. Showcase, the nightclub devoted to headlining up-and-coming music talent, is just on the other side of the bridge. So starting your evening here with a few drinks at the bar or out on the terrace overlooking the Seine is an utterly cinematic way to begin an oh-so-Parisian night of revelry.
True, this is not so much a bar as a kiosk. But a kiosk that serves champagne on the top of the Eiffel Tower – well, where else but in Paris will you ever be able to find a place like this ? This is where you come when you're craving a panoramic, breathtaking view of the city and can think of nothing better than a bit of bubbly to wash it all down with. Late at night is probably one of the best times to take the elevator all the way up to the very top floor of the Eiffel Tower, where the Bar à Champagne is located. Why ? Because the line will likely be quite small and the wait time miniscule. It also means that you will get to sip your bubbly up at the top of the Eiffel Tower at nearly midnight.
Got a taste for beer on tap, the game on a big-screen tv and the conversation of your fellow expats ? This is the place for you, then. There are a number of these outposts around the city but this one here in the 16th, just off the Place du Trocadéro, is probably one of their more grown-up locations. There's plenty of seating on the ground floor and, when there's a big game on, even more seating available downstairs. You are guaranteed to hear English spoken here, especially during Happy Hour when the English/Ozzy/American regulars tend to sit outside at the sidewalk tables (weather permitting) and sip from their frothy mugs. Light snacks like bacon-cheese burgers and french fries are served pretty much any time of the day.
Le Showcase gets its name from its reputation of showcasing the next-big-thing in bands. This nightclub also features some of Paris' most popular DJs, usually after the band has played a few sets, that is located under the landmark beauty of a bridge, the Pont Alexandre III which crosses the Seine from Grand Palais to Invalides. The club has an underground feel with sweeping architecture, a great dance floor and constant music. It's known for showcasing live acts, both famous and just-breaking. But the dance floor gets good use every night, too, usually right up until dawn. If you're looking for a truly unique and memorable only-in-Paris venue, this is surely it.
The Parisian entertainment industry is a pretty tight and clique-ish circle, and the main players tend to hang out together in the same clubs and bars. Le Baron is one of these clubs where you are guaranteed to spot some of these famous French faces from the worlds of cinema, music and arts. The nature of the business requires the existence of places where informal meetings can take place. This Parisian nightclub is one of those places where professionals can shake as many hands as necessary while indulging in the shameless sport of name-dropping. So, if you can't beat them: why not go and join them, or at least see if you can spot the actors from this year's Cesar's or even the Oscar-winning The Artist?
This is a � guinguette �, a charming French phrase that means � a place where we eat, drink and dance. � Its first location, in the Buttes Chaumont, became an instant hit when it opened a few years back and is already considered a classic. Mostly locals and Parisians flock to it for its laid-back, scruffy, indoor-outdoor appeal. And now, all that is available right on the Seine, in the shadows of Invalides and Pont Alexandre III. This location just opened in April on a barge that's anchored along the banks of the Seine. From morning to midnight Wednesday to Sunday you can chill out on one of the chaise longues that have been set up quai-side, while gazing at the Grand Palais. Don't expect fancy here – plain hotdogs, sodas, beers and table wine. But do expect fun and that sense of relaxed comeraderie that built Rosa Bonheur's reputation.
Serving continuously from noon to midnight, this top-floor restaurant offers views onto the River Seine, the Statue of Liberty and Radio France. It's located on the "panoramic" side of Beaugrenelle shopping center, the same side as the movie theatres. The bar plays host to a number of the media crowd who work in the vicinity. In fact, from the beautiful views afforded from the bay windows you have a direct gaze onto Radio France just across the river. What's nice here, too, is that it's a bar and restaurant so when you get a bit hungry, there is a full menu of tasty, light fare ready to be served up.
A very cosy bar is this Bar Anglais at the Hotel Raphael. Since it's tucked back inside the hotel, past the entrance foyer and the reception and concierge desks, it's mostly known to the embassy staffers and top-notch lawyers who all have offices in the neighborhood. But that's not to say that the barman won't welcome you warmly, too. This is one of those bars with red velvet couches, wood-paneling and an old-world mahogany wood bar that truly evokes the London of a bygone era. The drinks on offer are classics like martinis, old-fashioneds and the ever-popular Parisian favorite, mojitos. This is a good spot for a late-night, night cap or even a late afternoon aperitif (when the weather's cold outside). Starting from about November and especially through the holiday season, this is one of the most subdued and inviting bars in which to enjoy a drink in Paris.
First opened in 1899 as a watering hole for carriage drivers of the wealthy and sylish Parisians who frequented the "Most Beautiful Avenue in the world," the Champs-Elysées in its heyday, this brasserie is still an icon. Over the centuries it has become even more famous not just for its lively bar but also for its quality, even gastronomic, fare, as well as the VIP clientele who are loyal habitués. This is where the Césars, the French Film Academy awards, holds its official dinners every year and the link between cinematic stars and Fouquet's is an unbreakable bond here in France. The bar is cosy and serves classic cocktails as well as boasting a cellar of 350 different brands of France's top wines.