In a neighborhood known for its immigrant community stands a lively bar with weathered red mosaic tiles and crammed full of ragged tables and chairs. Because of its location, Aux Folies attracts mostly locals. The historic cafe was made famous by internationally known singer and performer Edith Piaf. During the summer, the outside terrace never empties from the end of the workday to the end of the night. To pace between the relatively cheap drinks, there's always the option of checking out what's new in the graffiti-dazzled alley around the corner. Or, there's a pinball machine inside. One of the most iconic cafes of the city, relive Edith Piaf's melodious legacy at Aux Folies.
This caveau is one of the most popular entertainment places in Paris. Located near the Sorbonne, the place has been the dance paradise for generations of students and other visitors for more than 50 years. The most famous and prestigious American and European jazzmen have played here, including Maxim Saury. On two floors, happy tourists and students dance until the next morning.
From the street, Le Rubis resembles a typical Parisian bistro and wine bar, with a bold maroon sign and wood-framed glass doors. Inside, however, the charm of the 1930s era is interspersed into every element, creating an air of nostalgia. Their Zinc Bar offers premium wine such as Brouilly from the French regions of Beaujolais and Morgon. As it only serves lunch, it is not uncommon to find businesspeople lounging here during their lunch break. A prominent chalkboard showcases their daily-changing lunch menu. Do not miss their specialties, Filets de Hareng and Stuffed Pig's Trotter. Your meal is complemented by a plate of gourmet cheese or charcuterie.
The Bottle Shop is a popular destination for local Parisians and English-speakers alike. The bartenders pass seamlessly between the two languages, jovially pouring drinks from behind the circular bar. A few people order cocktails, but not many; this is mostly a beer crowd. The bar updated its look in 2009 but maintained its laid-back atmosphere. The tin ceiling and chalkboard menus are here to stay. If the kitchen is closed and customers are still hungry, guests are welcome to bring outside food in. On weekend nights when a DJ is often playing, it can get a bit loud and cramped inside. Arrive early for a table. On calmer weekday nights, the bar s stereo plays rock music, and it's easier to have a conversation.
Established in 1997, Pop In goes beyond being a regular watering hole. It is also a launch pad for various upcoming musicians. Specializing in indie pop, this club features concerts during the week and live DJs on the weekend. Popular among Paris' international crowd, this is a sure place to hear cutting edge beats. Patrons praise its musical variety. Visit this bar to enjoy live performances while you sip your drink.
Experience a little bit of Spain and lots of fun at the Les Piétons. This tapas bar is popular for its lovely and friendly ambiance that welcomes locals and tourists alike. The tasty lunch is filling enough to keep your energy levels high for the rest of the day. You can also try the Spanish delights doled out by the chef and wash down the meals with your favorite drink. Taste the Pisto Serrano or Arroz Frito and you can't resist but go in for a second helping. Ensure that you do not miss out on the decadent desserts.
Le Quetzal is a popular gay bar in the Marais. It was also among the first of its kind in the area. Its purple neon lighting barely illuminates the dark room and music to the likes of techno, trance and house play in the background. It is a nice spot to hangout and have drinks as well as make some new friends.
With its brewery-style decor, this Belgian restaurant and bar is a popular spot for tourists and beer lovers alike. Featuring 20 tap beers and many bottled ones which are of Belgian origin and a few German and French brews as well. Dig into their Poilane roasted sausages, pancakes and mussels. Though you can't linger for long, you will surely want to come again to taste the ales.
Get down in the Low Countries' contribution to the Paris bar scene. Just near the Marais district, Café Klein Holland bills itself as "the Dutch chill-out bar in Paris," and boasts an international clientele that includes, it behooves one to know, lots of tourists. The place is easy to find on the National day or when there is a football (soccer) match: it is orange! Try the cheap blond beer or simple and traditional dishes like steaks, sausages or French fries with mayonnaise.
There is something about eating and enjoying at a place drenched in history, and one such club is the Le Chat Qui Peche. This jazz club, started by French Resistance activist Madame Ricard, is located near the Seine River in the Latin Quarter. The first renowned jazz player in the club was Jimmy Wormworth, who played her along with his band and because if him the place became a hit and enabled Ricard to add another floor to the club with growing profit. Many notable jazz players like Oscar Pettiford, Bud Powell, Chet Baker, Johnny Griffin, Donald Byrd, Lucky Thompson, and Eric Dolphy have performed at this place. Today, the place is under a different ownership with the same name and continues to serve delicious French meals with entertainment.