The Best Rum Bars in Paris
There’s nothing quite like a night out, where rum is the start of the show. Rum festivities are very different to that of wine or even whisky — and are worlds apart from beer and ciders!
Rum is a dynamic beverage that is historically rooted in fun, friends and sun! The latter can be in short supply in the French capital, but the first two are always abundant.
Here are the best spots in the city center to indulge your rum-fantasies:
La Rhumerie in Paris
The Rhumerie is the go-to spot for rum aficionados traveling through Paris. Here, you’ll have your pick of the lot, choosing from rums that have been imported from every corner of the globe.
Prestige rums are made to be enjoyed neat, but la Rhumerie knows this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So they also offer a list of sweet and sour cocktails to wet every palate. I’ll admit their cocktails aren’t the most impressive in the city, but you will be able to enjoy some great rums and bask in the festive atmosphere of the bar.
In addition to their rums, the bar offers a short menu featuring authentic Martinique island dishes that pair well with the drinks. Totally memorable, and totally worth a visit while in Paris!
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 9am to 1:30am
ADDRESS: 145-147 Rue Ordener, 75018 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Odeon
Mabel is probably the finest rum bar in all of Paris, and a spot where sophistication meets rum’s fun element. This is a cocktail bar that has taken on a “fine dining” vibe, right from how guests are welcomed through to how everything is served.
Their lengthy cocktail menu is not limited to rum only, but they do import some great brands that bring their mixes right to life. In addition to great cocktails, you’ll gorge on as many fresh oysters as you can handle.
Quality and service go hand in hand at Mabel. A lot of patrons book here before they are scheduled to attend a show at the Moulin Rouge, which is just a short journey north.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 6pm to 2am
ADDRESS: 58 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Bourse
The Tiki Lounge in Paris
Travelers who love rum know that the best place to go, when you don’t know where to go, is to the nearest Tiki bar. Paris has a number of these, and all of them are centered around the food and drinks of the Caribbean.
If there’s one thing Tiki bars are not, it’s sophisticated. Prepare for a very different kind of night out if this is going to be your chosen watering hole. That said, the Tiki Lounge is good fun, and ideal for anyone who just wants to get a little silly, and a little lost on the town.
I find this bar to be somewhat romantic, if you catch it on the right kind of evening! The ambiance is always cozy, with fun music blaring in the background no matter the day of the week.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday — 6pm to 2am
ADDRESS: 26 bis Rue de la Font au Roi, 75011 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Parmentier
Dirty Dick in Paris
The name of this establishment says it all, and it’s another bar that is very close to the Moulin Rouge in the 18th arrondissement (just one road below the main strip).
This is a rum and cocktail bar where, as you can imagine, anything goes. I’m a firm believer in giving credit where its due. In spite of the very predictable decor and sticky tables (what did you expect from a bar named the Dirty Dick?), the cocktails here are probably some of the best you’ll have in Paris.
What I love about this joint is that you wont be drinking mass produced, preservative filled cocktail fruit juices, you’ll drink freshly juiced and squeezed produce that the team at Dirty Dick have literally slaved to prepare.
Throughout the evening at the Dirty Dick there are table side massages available to anyone who is interested. Bizarre for a Parisian bar, yes, but never too weird for a tiki bar.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday — 6pm to 3am
ADDRESS: 10 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Anvers
Mermaids and Divers in Paris
Visually, Mermaids and Divers appears to be one of the most well curated tiki bars in the city. I peeped inside once during a free guided walking tour through Bastille and couldn’t wait to come back to see what it was all about.
The entire bar is wooden and covered in plant life. The bottles of spirits live amongst them and skilled bar tenders shake up cocktails throughout the day — they open at 10am!
The bar gets loud, after 9pm you’ll struggle to have a decent conversation and resort to talking to your glass of rum instead. The music alternates between evenings; some nights it’s reggae, some nights rock ’n roll… sometimes even Greek music? Trés bizarre but tons of fun.