Dive Bar / Irish Pub
Party Earth Review Named for the 5th Arrondissement, The Fifth Bar is a tiny Irish pub that offers a little bit of everything to its primarily English-speaking patrons. The epitome of a dive, the bar’s hodgepodge décor consists of Halloween decorations (all year long) and walls plastered with everything from flags to fine art to beer posters ... more
62 Rue Mouffetard
Café / Dive Bar
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My take In an area that hasn’t been discovered by tourists yet lies Aux Folies Café. Aux Folies once belonged to Folies-Belleville Cabaret Hall were ..." more
8 rue de Belleville
Café / Dive Bar
Party Earth Review A no-frills dive in the heart of bustling Pigalle, the aptly-named Le Sans Souci (“no worries”) and its carefree energy attract a laid-back clientele of chain-smoking hipsters and after-work revelers ready to relax and imbibe champagne. A classic French space featuring white walls, large windows, and the requisite clutter ... more
65 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Party Earth Review Eight-foot-tall Greek statues and an ever-present cluster of t-shirt-clad smokers mark the entrance to Le Pantalon, a chill but quirky little bar popular with art students and hipsters. Sporting a décor best described as industrial junk store, the space features exposed silver pipes, random bicycles, hanging plants, and ... more
7 Rue Royer-Collard
Party Earth Review Part pub and part Brit-punk dive tucked away on a modest little side street of the Marais, Stolly’s is a friendly neighborhood bar with just a dash of grit. Frequented by a largely English-speaking crowd, this easygoing tavern features stone walls, a small terrace, and a random décor that includes a bear statue, a lava ... more
16 Rue Cloche Perce
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Judging from the black bare-bones entrance, it’s easy to mistake Panic Room for just another typical Paris dive – but as the local shaggy-haired crowd can attest, looks can be deceiving. Once inside, patrons find a chill 80s-style watering hole where a quirky clash of bright pop art, pink walls, and colorful fabric stools ... more
101 Rue Amelot
Party Earth Review Crafted in the same spirit as New York’s classic punk bars CBGB and Mars Bar, Au P’tit Garage – or Garage Bar, as it is locally known – is all about two things: really loud music and cheap beer, and lots of both. Housed in a converted garage complete with rolling-door entrance, Garage Bar’s reputation as the punk headquarters ... more
63 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Maybe it isn’t surprising that a place nicknamed The City of Light isn’t awash in dark and dirty watering holes, but there is still a nice selection of Paris dive bars worth dropping into.
Pigalle is arguably the best place to find a great dive bar in Paris, and a no-frills dive in bustling Pigalle’s heart is the aptly-named Le Sans Souci (“no worries”), which attracts a laid-back clientele of chain-smoking hipsters and after-work revelers ready to relax and imbibe champagne.
Over in the Marais, Stolly’s is part pub and part Brit-punk dive tucked away on a modest little side street, and though it isn’t terribly unique and is worlds away from hip, for patrons just looking to chill with a drink it’s downright special.
The Latin Quarter is also a good spot to find a Paris dive bar, and the area’s Fifth Bar is the epitome of divey goodness, full of a hodgepodge décor of Halloween decorations (all year long) and walls plastered with everything from flags to fine art to beer posters.
English-speakers in Bastille might mistake the name for “armpit,” but owners of Au P’tit Garage couldn’t care less, and have crafted this raucous dive to be all about two things: really loud music and cheap beer, and lots of both. Nearby Le Pantalon is another great Paris dive bar worth checking out, marked by eight-foot-tall Greek statues at the entrance and sporting a junk store interior full of exposed silver pipes, random bicycles, hanging plants, and battered vintage beer posters that somehow work together to create a cozy atmosphere.
It’s true that Paris dive bars are nowhere near as plentiful as the dive bar meccas of New York or Berlin, but that doesn’t mean at least a few Parisians haven’t figured out the splendid benefits of a good ol’ fashioned dump.