The speakeasys, which were particularly widespread during the Prohibition of the 1920s in the United States, continue to thrive in the Parisian capital. The owners of these no longer so secretive bars are not short of ideas, declining the concept as they please to satisfy the curiosity of Parisians and tourists alike. These counters, originally forbidden, are now a playful meeting place that surprises visitors.
Candelaria, located in the famous Marais district (52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris – open all week from noon to 2 am), was the first to set the trend in Paris. This cocktail bar is hidden behind a restaurant specialising in tacos, more commonly known as a taqueria.
Over the last three years, the offer has been expanded to satisfy new consumers. After opening in 2015 the Lavomatic (30 rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris – open Tuesday to Wednesday from 6 pm to 1 am and Thursday to Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am), a cocktail bar with an ambiance of a cosy loft hidden behind a laundry, Yoan Caysac, Marie Saulnier and Tacos opens in 2019 Fleur d’oranger, eau de rose ou ras el-hanout (a 5-minute walk from the Lavomatic). Visitors must go to the back of a night grocery store and pull out a box of couscous on the back shelf. It is an atmosphere with a Moroccan spirit in which the visitor is immersed to taste cocktails made of orange blossom, rose water and ras el-hanout.
2019 also saw the birth of the Rehab (254 rue Saint Honoré, 75008 – open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am), a hidden hotel bar that visitors must find to enjoy “high-cocktails”, spirits free or drinks based on CBD. This ‘boudoir’ comparable to an apothecary’s back shop call itself the “France’s first hidden non-alcoholic bar”.
Finally, we’d like to talk to you about the No Entry, Pink Mama’s speakeasy bar (basement of the Pink Mama restaurant, 20 bis rue de Douai, 75009 Paris – open Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am and Friday to Saturday from 8 pm to 3 am). Visitors are captured into a new experience, this time behind the door of a cold room in the basement of the Italian restaurant. The bar offers 320 different label references, the house specialty being old bottles of Italian liqueurs.
We recommend to experience one of these speakeasys during your stay in Paris – you won’t be disappointed! Be aware, however, that some bars such as the No Entry are very busy at weekends from 8 pm onwards.
Discover other speakeasy addresses in Paris:
- Le Serpent à Plume: 24 de la place des Vosges, 75003 Paris (open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 am)
- Mobster Bar: 8 rue de Crussol, 75011 Paris (open Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm to 1 am and Friday to Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am).
- Little Red Door: 60 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris (open every day from 6 pm to 2 am).
- Golden Promise, whisky bar: La Maison du Saké, 11 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris (open Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am).
- Le 1905: 25 rue Beautreillis, 75004 Paris (open Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30 pm to 2 am).
- Moonshiner: 5 rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris (open every day from 6 pm to 2 am).