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Top 5: Secret Bars in Paris

You ready for the weekend, and looking for a cool place to grab a drink. Paris has a number of innovative hidden/ speakeasy bars, disguised as laveries, pizzerias, apartment buildings that serve great cocktails in a unique ambiance. The key words to describe these bars are hidden/secret, meaning a blog post about them is revealing these hidden gems. But they are really cool, so we will be nice enough to give you some inside tips to some of the best Secret bars in Paris, but shhhhhh don’t tell anyone (well not too many people:)…

CANDELARIA

This hidden cocktail bar is located in a lively Mexican taqueria. Push open the unmarked door at the back and enter into this shabby chic hip hangout. This world class cocktail bar specialises in agave spirits and serves fun, unexpected concoctions prepared by real experts.

 

Photo Credit: Candelaria

Photo Credit: Candelaria

52 Rue de Saintonge, 3rd arrondissement, Open daily 6pm- 2am

 

MOONSHINER

This bar has mastered the art of disguise. In true speakeasy style, the Moonshiner is well hidden at the back of a bustling pizzeria (which is worth a trip in itself). Push open the enormous metal door opposite the entrance, which will lead you into a store cupboard looking room, then pull the handle of the next door and step back into the prohibition era with this 920’s, art deco delight. The cocktail menu is innovative and always changing so you can try something new each time you sneak in!

Photo Credit: Moonshiner

Moonshiner, 5 Rue Sedaine, 11th arrondissement, Open daily 6pm- 2am

LAVOMATIC

It may feel a little counter-intuitive to step into a laundromat on a Saturday evening for a cocktail, but it’s worth the peculiarity as you push open the hidden door in the laundrette (hint: look behind the washing machines), spiral up the small staircase to the third floor of an apartment building where you will be welcomed by this warm, colourful bar. It’s decorated with bright pop art style sofas, as well as some fun little swings in the back room. The cocktails are pricey, but tasty with fun concoctions for you to enjoy in this secret cheerful hangout.

Photo Credit: Lavomatic

Photo Credit: Lavomatic

30 rue René Boulanger, 10th arrondissement, Open Tuesday- Saturday: 6pm- 2am

DANICO

This quirky bar is a master in the arts of cocktail mixing. Hidden in the back of the popular Italian restaurant, Darocco, it’s charm and elegance is undeniable, a trait which spills onto their cocktail menu. They mix unusual ingredients successfully such as Pandan syrup, soy sauce, Japanese seaweed bitters, with an impressive selection of carefully selected spirits, so you can be sure that you are testing something truly original!

Photo Credit: Danico

Photo Credit: Danico

6 Rue Vivienne, 2nd arrondissement, Open daily 6pm-2am

 

BARANAAN

This Indian- themed cocktail bar is disguised as a vintage train carriage. Even the interior is designed to make you feel like you are taking a luxury train trip to the countryside, with fancy leather benches and ‘windows’ which are actually screens on the wall depicting scenes of the rolling countryside. The prices are expensive, but the cocktail menu brings something unique with it’s Indian inspired ingredients which are added to their concoctions.

Photo Credit: Baranaan

Photo Credit: Baranaan

7 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10th arrondissement, Open Tuesday- Sunday: 6:30pm- 2am.

This post was written by: INSIDR, a conveinet way to stay connected while visiting Paris through a smartphone rental services that provides an ‘Insiders’ guide to Paris. You can learn more about them on their blog  and Instagram.

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2 Comments

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    Tanisha Townsend
    November 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Ohhhhh, didn’t know about Lavomatic!! Can’t wait to try it, thankx for this list!

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    Colleen
    February 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I love darocco! I had no idea that they had a hidden bar there!

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