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Five barges where to have a drink at night in Paris

6 years ago - Valérie D.

Five barges where to have a drink at night in Paris

Paris is a party! ... Yes, but you have toured all the rooftops of the capital. It's time to come and refresh your ideas at the edge of the water! Strolling along the Seine is one of Parisians favorite sports. Since the banks of the Seine have been open to pedestrians, this hobby that lends itself perfectly to long summer evenings, has become more enjoyable than ever. The 10 hectares of the Rives de Seine Park have seen many bars along the Parisian quays where you can enjoy a drink, terraces where you can dine, barges where to dance, floating dancefloors where to party. Trendy places or bucolic refreshments, the Parisian barges now offer a wide choice to satisfy all tastes: here is our "Top 5", and it is closer to the river that it happens.

 Barges on the banks of the Seine in Paris

Chill with a view at Rosa Bonheur

The Rosa Bonheur sur Seine is the third establishment in a group of other places popular with the inhabitants of the French capital. At the foot of the gilding Pont Alexandre III since 2014, the Rosa Bonheur is already a classic Parisian evenings. In the heart of a site where Paris is imperial, opulent, the friendly barge adorned with flamingos offers a haven of relaxation to strollers along the Seine. In the respect of the frame, classified with the World inheritance of UNESCO, one sips a rosé while tasting tapas or famous pizzas with the fire of wood, one profits from its dance floor to the rhythm of the waves on the occasion of a ball, or we wiggle to the sound of a pop-rock concert, between two foosball games. Stick to the ropes, the sunset is to fall backwards, and it is known (plan not to be alone ...).

Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine - Port of the Invalides, 75007 Paris

Opening hours :

  • Barge: Sunday from 11:30 to 22:30; Monday and Tuesday from noon to 10.30 pm; Wednesday from noon to 0H30; Thursday to Saturday: noon to 1:30 
  • Terrace: Every day from noon to midnight (depending on the weather)
  •  Pizza: Wednesday to Sunday lunch and dinner

The banks of the Seine open to pedestrians in Paris

Seaside atmosphere at the Mackerel

Cast off ! Another bank, another atmosphere, floating bar-restaurant Les Maquereaux has reopened its terrace on May 1, to carry us in a maritime atmosphere until October. Overlooking Ile Saint Louis, a musical atmosphere provided by the house with invited DJs every week, the high tables and sofas of the Maquereaux offer their guests a subtle mix of modernity and good-natured authenticity. You can savor fresh oysters from Brittany, shellfish or smoked fish from the Ile d'Yeu: in a word, spend an evening on this beautiful barge under the plane trees, it's a bit going on vacation. After tasting the seafood, tasting the cocktails, it is possible to enjoy the boat until the end of the night as the houseboat becomes a club, making the dancers sail until 2am.

Les Maquereaux - Quai de l'hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 17h to 2h; Saturday from 12h30 to 2h; Sunday from 12h30 to 21h

Large culture mix at the Petit Bain

Let’s cheat a little, including among our favorites a boat that cannot really be called "barge" ... but worth the detour to bask on the Seine without tanning at wild. Designed by the Encore Heureux architects' collective, moored in an urban environment, the Petit Bain barge is defined as a "floating cultural facility". An entire program for this small ship (which had never sailed), born in 2011 from an initiative of the creators of the association La Guinguette Pirate. The association is one of the first cultural actors who took possession of the banks of the Seine in 1995, rehabilitating heritage boats in concert halls (the Pirate Guinguette and the Batofar).

The Petit Bain retains the original idea of ​​bringing together the social, the cultural, the economic ... and the pleasure of enjoying the banks of the river. This place is, so to speak, an off-road space where you can enjoy a good meal or a drink at the foot of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, listen to music, admire an exhibition. True cultural center of the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris, the Petit Bain can accommodate 450 people for concerts of emerging artists, and has a restaurant with 70 seats where to discover its seasonal cuisine with varied influences. Other charming assets of this welcoming place: the rooftop terrace and the aquatic garden offer an ideal setting to enjoy the Parisian summer under the colorful lanterns.

The Petit Bain - 7 Port de la Gare, 75013 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 18h to midnight; Thursday to Saturday from 16h to 2h; Sunday from 4pm to midnight.

The party in Paris by night on the Seine

Everyone says « I love you » aboard Marcounet

Back on the right bank of historical Paris, at the foot of the Pont Marie, between the Town Hall and the Île Saint Louis. Built in 1925, the houseboat Marcounet immerses its guests in the Paris by night of Woody Allen or Hollywood movies of the 50s. Indeed everything is there: the Seine and its islands, the ball of red, the concerts of bop or blues. A little wine bar, a little jazz club, not bad bobo, the perfect cocktail of the Parisian place where it is good to play with the image of Epinal of the French capital. When its beautiful terrace, which can accommodate up to 190 people, is complete, the Marcounet "overflows" and floods the wharves of wooden pallets transformed into tables. The more muted atmosphere of the bridge reserved for concerts contrasts with the festive outbursts of the summer aperitif that then settles on the pavement of Paris. Outside as in, the spirit is warm, we feel at home quickly ... to the point of returning for Sunday brunch, why not?

Marcounet barge - Port des Célestins, at the foot of Pont Marie, 75004 Paris Opening hours: From 10am to midnight

Relaxation at Marcounet

Capture the soul of Paris with La Balle au Bond

Have a drink in Paris admiring the sunset facing the Louvre, what does the people want? This is what the barge of La Balle au Bond offers, near the legendary Pont des Arts. As at the Petit Bain, the public come to relax in the evening on the banks of the Seine can vary the pleasures by enjoying the rich programming of the place in concerts, exhibitions, or other literary meetings. As for the culinary festivities, one can taste from its large terrace in the open air or its interior living room, a fusion and seasonal cuisine entirely composed of fresh products. Particularly well located, the large white boat can radiate on some of the most emblematic districts of Paris: the Tuileries, the Louvre Museum, the Latin Quarter, or a little further Notre Dame de Paris.

The Ball at the Bond - Port des Saints-Pères (opposite 3 Malaquais wharf), 75006 Paris Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:30 to 19:00