8 Best Bars in Around the Louvre, Paris

Bar Hemingway & the Ritz Bar

Louvre Fodor's choice

Literature lovers, cocktail connoisseurs, and other drink-swilling devotees flock to these two iconic bars within the Ritz Hotel. A $400 million renovation happily didn't alter the chill vibe or the wood-paneled, club-chair decor of tiny Bar Hemingway, where mixologist mainstay and twice-named "Best Head Barman in the World" Colin Field will fix you a bespoke cocktail. Try the Serendipity, the bar's most popular drink, combining Champagne with Calvados and mint. Across the elegant corridor, the more spacious Ritz Bar's 2021 renovation paved the way for an astrologically themed experience. In a style evoking Belle Époque Paris, the space's circular bar is topped by a monumental lantern whose projection of stars and constellations begins each evening at 5:30 exactly. Signature cocktails continue the zodiac theme, with creations for each astrological sign, as well as a menu of spirits, wines, and shared small plates. Electro music from French DJs Polo and Pan was specifically created for the space.

Experimental Cocktail Club

Louvre Fodor's choice

Fashioned as a speakeasy on a tiny brick-paved street, this was one of the first bars to bring the cocktail revolution to Paris. Colorful, innovative, and ever-changing drinks are mixed with aplomb by friendly (and attractive) bartenders. By 11 pm, the bar is always packed with a mix of locals, professionals, and fashionistas.

Les Ambassadeurs

Louvre Fodor's choice

Located within the magnificent Hôtel de Crillon, Les Ambassadeurs is perhaps the closest you'll come to experiencing the royal treatment in a real palace—it was built by order of Louis XV in 1758. Sink into one of the cozy armchairs and enjoy a coupe of Champagne from a list as long as the marble walls are high, or select one of a curated list of signature cocktails. All the right touches are preserved, including a frescoed ceiling adorned with twinkling chandeliers and gilt—lots of it. Live music accompanies your evening Tuesday through Saturday starting at 8.

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Bar 8


The monolithic marble bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers an extensive Champagne list and a menu of international street food-inspired bar snacks. The outdoor terrace is especially busy during Fashion Weeks.



This bar is glorious not only for its panoramic skyline views but also for its manga-inspired decor and kooky, disco-ball-and-kid-sumo-adorned bathrooms. A menu of Japanese-inspired fare is offered at the rooftop restaurant, and top-shelf DJs keep patrons dancing on weekends. Valet parking is available starting at 7:30 pm.

1 rue du Pont Neuf, Paris, 75001, France

Le Garde-Robe


One of the first bars to bring natural wine to the capital, Le Garde-Robe unites a casual atmosphere and truly knowledgeable staff. Order a platter of cheese or charcuterie to accompany your sulfite-free bottles, and take advantage of this bar with a neighborhood feel in the heart of the city.

Les Caves du Louvre


This 18th-century wine cellar was built by Trudon, the sommelier to King Louis XV, and tastings here are truly an experience fit for royalty. Book in advance for a tasting, cheese pairing, or even a make-your-own-wine workshop.

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Les Halles

This wine bar–cum–tasting space is the go-to for Anglophones wanting to deepen their wine knowledge and refine their palates. With more than 1,000 options, it's ideal for sampling the best French vintages. Classes in wine tasting are offered, starting at €69 for an hour-long "Tour de France" in English, with more in-depth options available including cheese pairings and Champagne cruises. Although the restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday, tastings are available daily.

68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris, 75001, France