Paris Dive Bars Overview

Au P'tit Garage - Dive Bar in Paris

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.

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