A typically French habit consists in sitting at the terrace of bars and cafés to sip some wine or a cocktail enjoying the sunset during happy hour. Here is our selection of the best happy hours to try out in Paris, from cheap oysters, to luxurious whisky.
Le Café Bohème
We are always excited to come to this bucolic, and elegant café, for a drink or something to eat. You will immediately feel at ease in the flowery atmosphere of the Café Bohème, with its dried flower bouquets hanging on the wall, on tables, or its printed cushions. The cocktail menu is elaborate and original, with a Mojito Champêtre (rum, Saint Germain, fresh mint, ginger ale) or a Rose des Vents (vodka infused with rose, lime, tonic). The beautiful setting will keep you coming back for more!
The oyster bar Istr
Istr means oyster in Breton, a nod to the origins of the three creators of the restaurant. Inspired by New York’s oyster bars, you can taste oysters – at the counter or at your table – in a chic backdrop. Every Sunday from 6 pm onwards, is Oyster hour: all oysters are sold for one euro, and the cocktail for nine! One of the most original happy hours of the capital.
The Bonnie Café
Pastel colors, and kitsch decorations: Café Bonnie satisfies all our girly cravings. The bar is decorated with glitter, pink, feather boas hanging from the chandeliers, and princess armchairs. The cocktails are just as unique as the place: the Bonnie and Clyde is the bar’s signature drink, made with champagne, vodka, cranberry, raspberry and sugar. The cocktails are all named after famous characters or classic films, such as The Little Prince or Alien, which you can drink for eight euros.
At the beginning of the evening, we love going to the Mabillon, a brasserie with wood walls, leather sofas and to top things off, a big terrace. In this Peaky Blinders-esque setting we recommend ordering a whisky or a Bloody Mary !
Article by Inès Huet