The best bars and cafes in Paris
For Parisians, drinking and eating go together like wine and cheese, and the line between a cafe, salon de thé (tearoom), bistro, brasserie, bar, and even a bar à vins (wine bar) is blurred, while the line between drinking and clubbing is often nonexistent – a cafe that’s quiet mid-afternoon might have DJ sets in the evening and dancing later on.
Drinking in Paris essentially means paying the rent for the space you take up. So it costs more sitting at tables than standing at the counter, more for coveted terrace seats, more on a fancy square than a backstreet, more in ritzier arrondissements (city districts), and more after 10pm, when many places apply a pricier tarif de nuit (night rate). Here are Paris' best places for une verre (‘a glass’).