For many visitors to Paris, the idea of an “Irish Pub” brings to mind sticky floors, TV screens and touristy crowds, but a visit to an Irish Pub in Paris needn’t mean all that – unless, of course, you want it to! A great place to catch the sports and enjoy a friendly atmosphere, the popular Irish Pub scene in Paris is also home to a few hidden gems. Rediscover the Irish charm at these addresses!
The Green Linnett
Proudly Irish, the Green Linnett was the work of a genuine Irishman from Cork who couldn’t find a decent pint of Guinness in the city. What choice did he have, but to open his own pub to serve himself? So, in 2003 the Green Linnett was born, and more than ten years later they’re still serving up Guinness as it’s meant to taste. There’s a pub quiz on Wednesday nights, happy hour every night from 4-8pm, when pints are unusually affordable at just €5. There’s even a pool table!The Green Linnett
8 Avenue Victoria, 75004 Paris 01 42 74 62 85 www.thegreenlinnet.com
The Green Goose
For the foodies amongst you, The Green Goose is a major must. With the genuine air of a local pub and none of the gimmicks associated with it being “Irish”, this wins our prize for the coolest Irish pub in the city – and the food is seriously sophisticated too. The menu pays homage to classic home-cooked fare but with a flair for imagination, and the atmosphere buzzes with conversation and easy-going charm. A relative newcomer to the Paris pub scene, it’s a relief to discover a pub that stays true to public-house tradition – as warm and welcoming as your local back home.
19 Rue des Boulets, 75011 Paris 09 82 37 73 41
Well we have to a good old fashioned noisy Irish pub into the mix, or this just wouldn’t be Paris would it? In the hubbub of Chatelet, this boisterous pub is a great starting point for a night out with friends, and has a terrace out front for those sunny afternoons that are becoming familiar once again! A favourite during the Six Nations Tournament, rugby features are a common highlight of this address, so if you feel like watching the match amidst the organised chaos of fellow sports-fans, this is the place to be!
5 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris 01 45 08 17 62
Easily winning the prize for Paris’ biggest Irish Pub, the endless Corcoran’s in Montmartre also competes for the best-location in the city. Perched on the slopes of Montmartre with a terrace overlooking the Sacre Coeur and Pigalle, this huge pub operates around a big central bar and welcomes a crowd who like to party. With its great atmosphere and laidback local charm, this may not have the soul of Paris’ wine bars or the class of its neighbourhood bistros, but this is a city of many parts – and now and then a good pint with good friends is just what you need!
11 Rue Foyatier, 75018 Paris 01 72 34 83 43
The Quiet Man
Arguably the most authentic Irish pub in Paris, this diminutive pub in the Marais district is a real local. They also have a popular music scene in the basement downstairs, where you might find traditional folk songs and Irish rhythms drifting up the stairwell to the cosy bar area upstairs. You can even showcase your own singing skills at their Open Mic Night. There’s a happy hour every day from 5pm – 8pm for those who like their pints on a budget, and there’s also a darts board with regular competitions to meet the local clientele.
5 Rue des Haudriettes, 75003 Paris 01 48 04 02 77 www.thequietman.eu