Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Paris

Au P’tit Garage
A battered bar with a 50s twist and a laissez-faire attitude.
Ba’ta’clan Café
This café-cum-bar attracts an ultra-chilled local crowd.
BarOurcq
This off-the-beaten-track bar is great for relaxing to good music.
Café Charbon
The irresistible belle-époque interior has made this venue a Parisian institution.
Café Chic
Ideal for pre- or post-clubbing drinks when partying in this swanky quarter.
Café La Fusée
Cosy relaxed and small- perfect for casual drinking and drunken banter.
Chai 33
Brainchild of the Buddha Bar team, Chai33 is a wonderful contemporary wine bar.
Chez Jeannette
This charmingly shabby cafe attracts a lively crowd.
Chez Prune
Undeniably the best canal-side watering hole with excellent bar snacks to boot.
Colette Water Bar
Don't expect fast food and coffee in this chic minimalist eatery...
De la Ville Café
An über-trendy schizophrenically decorated bar-restaurant.
Dédé la Frite
Quasi-industrial very 'Ost-Berliner' and comfortingly grungy and relaxed.
Dirty Dick
A Polynesian-themed bar with dozens of rums on offer and some potent flaming cocktails, Dirty Dick is cheeky of name, flamboyant of style, and full of fun.
Frenchie Bar à Vins
Sample the much sought after food of chef Gregory Marchand – without the two-month waiting list...
Habibi
Lounge on recycled armchairs at this tiny contemporary wine bar.
Huîtrerie Régis
Much like the bivalve it serves, Huîtrerie Régis is small, but perfectly formed, serving freshly-shucked oysters, with wine and bread and butter.
L’Alimentation Générale
Loud dark and jam-packed with Oberkampf trendies.
L’Armagnac Café Bar
Guaranteed to be buzzing with up-beat music and a casual drinking crowd.
L’Assignat
This authentic café-bar has a big personality.
La Caravane
Stuffed with cool summery furniture it really is like a kitsch 1950s caravan.
La Chope de Château Rouge
Adopted by cool kids this is an appealing place to linger for a few hours especially in the summer sunshine.
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturel
Oozing Parisian chic, this sumptuous bar offers perhaps the most upmarket take on wine and cheese" for miles around."
La Fontaine
An atmospheric jazz bar that does it for the music and not for the money.
La Fourmi
A great spacious café-bar that's oblivious to seedy Pigalle.
La Palette
You'll find an arty crowd hanging out at this popular left-bank café-bar.
La Verre Volé
Off-licence and cave à manger combined.
Le Bar du Marché
The cocktails might be a bit sketchy but this funky cafe-bar is incredibly popular.
Le Brébant
Certainly the hippest of the large café-bars that line the Grand Boulevards.
Le Coq
Cocktails in Paris don’t come any more stylish or refined than the ones Tony Congilario is serving up at this 70s inspired den. The Lipstick Rose is one frequent order: a fragrant hit of rose vodka, violet syrup and Peychaud’s bitters.&nb
Le Kitch
Trendies champion this quirky little resto-bar on the Marais side of Oberkampf.
Le Petit Fer à Cheval
A wonderful microscopic wine bar-brasserie.
Le Pin Up
Very hip welcoming to all-comers and the drinks don't cost silly money.
Le Pub Saint-Germain
More bar than pub this drinking establishment is is open 24/7.
Le Rendezvous des Amis
This bar is populated with the genuine folk of La Butte.
Le Rubis
Quirky Le Rubis is ideal for early evening drinks‰Û_.
Le Sherry Butt
Le Sherry Butt, poised on the white-hot edge of the Bastille and Marais, is one of the new reliables: a chic and on-trend spot that turns out a roster of artisanal cocktails but still manages to feel like a cosy neighbourhood boite.
Les Étages
Small with uneven bare floorboards this tiny bar draws in a young trendy crowd.
Pop In
As Hoxton as you can get in Paris.
Zéro Zéro
There's not much to see here except for a blackboard bearing an extensive cocktail list including the Zéro Zéro a whoop-ass pick-me-up.

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