Looking for a good Irish-style watering hole in the city of light? Paris is home to a large and lively Irish community, and this is palpable in some of the city's best Irish pubs: unlike some of the rowdy and generically "Anglo-Saxon" pubs you easily stumble upon in Paris, the best Irish counterparts offer genuine ambiance, tasty and varied brews and a unique, frequently cozy setting to party or enjoy pub grub like Irish stew or traditional breakfasts. They've also got a touch of melancholy, arty joy about them that prove their proximity to the Irish cultural spirit. Read on to find out where to bask in it in the French capital.
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The Green Linnet
This ultra-centrally located Irish pub was opened in 2003 by a native of Cork who felt the Irish pub scene in the city of lights was lacking in authenticity. Aside from the convenient location, most tourists will pass through the area at some point during their trip, The Green Linnet offers a cozy setting (with several old couches to sink into with your frosty Guinness balanced on your knees), friendly service, reasonable prices and a good live music scene. There's also a billiard table, and on Wednesdays the pub hosts a quiz night. Winners come away with a bottle of bubbly.
Address: 8 Avenue Victoria, 4th arrondissement
Metro: Chatelet or Hotel de Ville
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 74 62 85
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The cliche Irishness of the John Wayne movie, "The Quiet Man", for which the bar is named, is thankfully absent from this establishment, which is located in central Paris near the Centre Georges Pompidou. The Quiet Man can be cozy and laid-back as its name implies, but concerts and live performances are a big draw here too.
Address: 5, rue des Haudriettes, 3rd arrondissement
Metro: Rambuteau (Line 11)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 04 02 77
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A popular tourist haunt in the Bastille area, Kitty's is a little gem of a bar. Its tiny interior means you'll need to get here early if you want a table, especially on the weekend and on St Patrick's Day, of course.
Address: 2, rue de la Roquette, 11th arrondissement
Tel: + 33(0)1 48 06 74 15
Metro: Bastille (Lines 1, 5)
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A member of the Corcoran's chain (with sister bars in the Clichy and Grands Boulevards neighborhoods), this lively pub set in the heart of the Latin Quarter/St-Michel area of Paris attracts a young crowd. A spacious downstairs seating area and bar makes the place especially cozy during the winter months.
Address: 28, rue St Andre des Arts, 6th arrondissement
Metro: St. Michel or Odeon (Lines 4, 10)
RER: St. Michel (Line C)
Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 46 97 46