in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

This perennial favourite gay bar is opposite rue des Mauvais Garçons (Bad Boys’ Street), named after the brigands who congregated here in 1540. It’s always busy, with house and dance music playing at night ('80s and '90s tunes on Thursdays), and cruisy at all hours. Plate-glass windows allow you to check out the talent before it arrives.

Happy hours run from 5pm to 6pm and from 11pm to midnight.