Best Speakeasy Bars in Paris

Paris has always been a well known destination for food, wine and culture, but it’s fast becoming one of Europe’s top destinations for enjoying a cocktail thanks to a growing number of bars with professional mixologists.

The neon lights and hoards of crowds will highlight the most popular cocktail bars, but for a more elusive and chic experience, you’l wan tot discover Paris’ speakeasy bars that lurk in the most unexpected places.

51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Upmarket, metallic decor hidden behind a graffiti covered door – the menu is a celebration of all things French

Le Syndicat is located around the corner from Gare du Nord in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Rue Faubourg Saint Denis, and the entrance can be found behind a typical graffiti-covered door. It’s easy to see why this understated entrance can be misleading – once you step inside the mood instantly lifts. The urban interior consists of metallic bronze curtains, rich golden hues and complimentary soft lighting which highlights the different textural design elements. Add vibey hip-hop tunes and you know why this spot is a favourite.

Co-founders Sullivan Doh and Romain Le Mouellic self-described this speakeasy as a ‘Organisation de Défense des Spiritueux Français’. Their menu is a celebration of all things French – from exclusive spirits to lesser-known liquors like eau de vie and Armagnac. Beers, ciders and champagne are also available for the non-cocktail drinkers.

11 Rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris
Get a fresh trim in the front, followed by a fresh cocktail in the back

Tucked away in the upmarket 8th arrondissement, just around the corner from the famous Champs-Élysées, you’ll find Gentlemen 1919. The concept is simple – a high-end barbershop in the front, and a classy bar with a separate fumoir at the back.

 The relaxed and warm atmosphere is created by the combination of dark walls, soft lighting and comfortable Chesterfield couches. Add industrial metal, leather, woodwork, vintage objects and a jazzy soundtrack to this setting, and you have an elegant version of the ultimate mancave.

High-quality whiskies, classic cocktails and a selection of the finest Cuban cigars are on the menu, as well as charcuterie and cheese boards and homemade focaccias. The Old Fashioned became the bar’s signature cocktail as returning customers kept asking for this drink.

20 bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris
Entrance through a clod-store room in the back of a restaurant – specialising in Italian liquor

Situated in the basement of the multi-storey Italian restaurant Pink Mamma, No Entry is one of Paris’ most elegant speakeasy bars. The entrance is through a cold-store room at the back of the restaurant, where you’ll meet a secret doorway and a staircase taking you down to the basement. With no windows down below, it’s easy to lose track of time, but trust us, this is the kind of place you’d easily spend hours in.

This seductive speakeasy is filled with a fiery red marble bar, velvety pink walls and glass carboys used as creative lighting. It’s a glamorous and cosy cocktail spot that attracts sophisticated evening guests. Their speciality? Italian liquor and custom-made cocktails. The menu offers classic cocktails with a twist, cocktails made with vintage liquor and a small selection of Italian beers, wines and champagne.

Rehab, Normandy Hotel, 254 Rue Saint-Honoré
Boudoir-inspired interio – Spirit-free cocktails – CBD infused drinks

Rehab is hidden away in Hotel Normandy, situated in the fancy streets between the Eiffel Tour and Rue Saint Honoré. A spiral staircase behind a mirrored door in restaurant Le Comptoir du Chantier will lead you to this one-of-a-kind speakeasy. Once inside, the boudoir-inspired interior welcomes you with vintage rugs, pendant chandeliers, exposed walls decorated with mismatched mirrors and interesting furniture pieces like an opium bed.

In line with its name, Rehab focuses on spirit-free cocktails, and they’re known for their CBD-infused cocktails, a first in Paris. The curated cocktail menu includes 10 signature cocktails – starting from 14 euros.

Lavomatic, 30 Rue René Boulanger
An eclectic speakeasy bar disguised as a laundromat – Hidden door behind a washing machine – Themed cocktails to match the ambience

Visiting a Laundromat might not be your idea of a fun night out, but Lavomatic turns this mundane experience into a not-to-be-forgotten one. The fluorescent blue Lavomatic sign on Rue René Boulanger will be your first clue, and once you’re inside the laundromat you’ll find the hidden door behind a washing machine facade.

Unconventional seating sets this bar apart from the rest in Paris – from tiny soapbox stools and brightly patterned cushions to wooden swing seats, the vibe is cool and casual, so everyone will feel welcome. Lavomatic puts a lot of creativity in their menu and each cocktail is labelled according to its flavour profile – from ‘fruity & sweet’ to ‘strong & fresh’. Signature cocktails include the Pop Art, Maker’s Mark, Drunk in Love and the Moscow Mule, starting from as little as 9 euros.

Moonshiner, 5 Rue Sedaine, 75011, Paris, France

Moonshiner is a modern bar which gives a sophisticated nod to the 1920’s. Hidden behind a heavy-metal fridge door of a local pizzeria Da Vito, it’s easy to miss this Parisian gem.

What awaits you on the other side of the fridge is the grandeur of the Great Gatsby generation; cocktails, Chesterfields couches, soulful jazz, soft lighting, old gramophones and a well-ventilated smoking room.

For a true Moonshiner experience, try one the signature drinks – the Smokey Island, the Number 6 or the Salvia Cosmo. Drinks are served in mason jars or flasks – all contributing to a true and unique experience. The bar is popular amongst local Parisians, tourists and expats.