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Paris is one of the world’s best gastronomic destinations and your trip to the French capital wouldn’t be complete without discovering its dining and drinking culture. Food is of course an important part of this, but beverages, both non and alcoholic, are also integral. The city’s drinking culture has also evolved over the years and we’ve been happy to see craft beer and cocktails join wine, the country’s traditional go-to drink. Tag along with us on these top Paris drinking tours and experiences, from unique wine tastings to lively bar crawls. Santé! Cheers!

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Enjoy an immersive experience of French wine or create your own blend 

Head underground by visiting this unique venue found in 18th-century wine cellars commissioned by King Louis XV. The good-value experience begins with a self-guided audio tour of the site’s sensory and interactive exhibits on French wine growing and production. This gives you the chance to understand the importance of terroir (the soil and environment of a specific area) and the different steps in the winemaking process in an engaging way. With these foundations acquired, it’s time to discover the final result, over a tasting of three wines introduced by a sommelier. If you’d like to take your new skills to the next level, they also offer wine-making workshops during which you create your own blend.

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Get an in-depth intro and tasting of French wines and champagne 

This great sit-down French wine lesson and tasting is held in an atmospheric Latin Quarter venue surrounded by wooden beams and stone walls. Guided by an expert sommelier, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of French wines accompanied by six different tastings, including one champagne. Capped at 12 participants, it’s an intimate setting during which you can ask questions and compare tasting notes with your group of fellow wine amateurs.

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Join a sommelier for a private tour around local wine bars 

One of the top Paris drinking tours and experiences, this private tour gives you a personalised introduction to French wines. Led by a certified sommelier or wine professional, the tour visits several authentic wine bars in hip eastern Paris. At each bar, you’ll try red and white wines, including Grand Cru labels and wines from lesser-known regions. Catered to your preferences, the wines are paired with cheese, charcuterie, and other nibbles. By the end of your evening, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the complexities of France’s prestigious wines, knowledge you can use during the rest of your trip and back home.

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Sip on the best craft beer in Paris 

Enjoying top Paris drinking tours and experiences doesn’t only involve wine. In fact, craft beer has been on the rise in Paris and there are even breweries right in the city. This tour takes you to three specialty beer bars, an ideal setting to learn about and test out the best craft beers made in and around Paris. It finishes in the cool 10th district where you can carry on your night in the area’s many bars, buzzing with Parisian beer fans and other night owls.

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Discover the secrets of the Parisian apéritif

Meals are almost sacred in France, that said, Parisians adore apéritif, pre-meal drinks and nibbles. Held at sunset, this fun and tasty tour visits several venues in the Latin Quarter where you’ll master the art of l’apéritif. This experience includes seven food tastings and five alcoholic drinks, enough for a pre-dinner snack. In addition to bars and food shops, you’ll visit some secret spots in this historic district, such as a remnant of Ancient Rome hidden in plain sight and a place linked to the modern concept of the restaurant.

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Track down Paris’s best speakeasies and hidden bars 

Paris has tons of cafés and wine bars, but it also has an excellent collection of speakeasy-style and hidden bars – if you know where to find them. Among the top Paris drinking tours and experiences, this tour takes you to two of the best secret bars in the city. You’ll sample inventive cocktails, mingle with Parisians, and get insider tips on other cool nightlife spots to check out during your trip.

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Party the night away on the Paris Bar Crawl

A great option for groups of friends, couples, and solo travelers alike, you can discover Paris’s nightlife scene on this well-rated bar crawl. It visits two bars and one bar/club in the Bastille area, one of the top places to go out in Paris. Participants are granted one free shot at each stop, special drink prices, and free entry into the bar/club. A super fun and LGBTQ+ friendly experience, the bar crawl allows you to experience Paris’s nightlife in a stress-free and safe way while meeting other festive travellers and locals along the way.

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Learn all about gin at Paris’s first gin bar

Gin fan visiting Paris? Then this masterclass is for you! It takes place in Paris’s first bar specialising in gin, located in a truly local part of the Saint-Germain district. Led by a mixologist, it allows you to go behind the scenes at this cool bar and learn the ins and outs of gin before concocting your own custom gin drink. Afterward, you may want to stay for a second drink or pop into one of the other great bars lining the neighbouring streets. 

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Lily Heise

A long-time Paris resident, Lily Heise is a travel writer whose work has been in Condé Nast Traveler, Huff Post, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Frommer’s, among others. When she’s not uncovering the city’s best secrets, she can be found on a Parisian café terrasse or traveling the globe.

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