Cocktails are delicious. So delicious that they become expensive. Thankfully, more than one great bar in Paris offers cocktail happy hour.
If you are (like us) from the generation not-associated with self control, even the moderate prices of €8-12 for a cocktail in Paris can end in a three-digit-outing.
Going out in Paris doesn’t need to be super expensive as jilted tourists will suggest to you, so here is yet another guide to enjoying the city on relative chump change.
Our favourite all-round rollicking-good-time Red House never fails to outdo itself. Not only can you always get a Negroni for €5, but from 5pm – 8pm you can suck down one of the house creations for €6. Their cocktail menu changes seasonally but always tends to be one of the best lists in the city. Mop it up with chips, guac and spicy spicy salsa.
Red House, 1 bis rue de la Forge Royale 75011
Cocktail Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 5pm – 8pm
If you like Spritz, every thursday evening l’Epicerie Musicale puts them together – with Campari or Aperol – for €5. Prosecco can be imbibed at the same pricepoint. So if you like your Spritz with one green olive – made by real Italians with charcuterie to boot – this is a great place to Apéro loudly with friends.
Epicerie Musicale, 55 Quai de Valmy 75010
Cocktail Happy Hour: Spritz and Prosecco €5 on Thursday until 8pm
Le Bottle Shop
Don’t let the appearance fool you. Le Bottle Shop may look like a scrappy Anglo pub but it pumps out cocktails worthy of table service and pretentious little ‘Reservé’ cards. From 5pm – 8pm you can take in house-creations and classics for a fiver, or perhaps on Sunday’s benefit from an all-day €5 Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Le Bottle Shop, 5 rue Trousseau 75011
Cocktail Happy Hour: Bloody Mary & Mimosa €5 all-day Sunday
The hipster haunt on Rue Saint Maur puts together a short and sweet list of boozy classics and house creations, which between the hours of 6pm and 8pm can be had for €5 a piece. In Summer it has the added bonus of a sprawling terrace and they give you little snacks to mop up the onslaught of Bourbon.
Barbershop, 68 Avenue de la Republique 75011
Cocktail Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 6pm – 8pm
These are, admittedly, not the best cocktails in the known universe but if you are shopping around for €5 tipples, perhaps quality is going to be an added bonus rather than a given. L’Ours is busy, cheap and decent. Kind of like the 10th arrondissement where it is housed. A good place to drink inexpensively with the crowds on a Friday evening.
L’Ours Bar, 8 rue de Paradis 75010
Cocktail Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday until 9pm