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The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

Urgence Bar

Dying for a drink? Why not add a sense of urgency to your evening and head to this wacky bar, which translates as Emergency Bar.

As you may have guessed from the name, the bar has a medical theme. Cocktails have names like “laxative” and “Viagra” and are served in feeding bottles or fake syringes while shots are served in phials. Discounts are offered for doctors and healthcare professionals.

Address: 45 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 6th arrondissement

Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne

(Photo: Urgence Bar/Facebook)

Le Lèche-vin

A pilgrimage to this outlandish bar is an absolute must (just as long as you’re not a devout Catholic.)

Every inch of wall is covered with images of Jesus and other various religious paraphernalia. But the religion stops there. Go to the bathroom and you’ll find the walls plastered with porn.

Address: Rue Daval, 11th arrondissement

Metro: Bastille

(Photo: ash_crow/Flickr)

Orange Mécanique

Taking its name from Kubrick’s The Clockwork Orange, this bar is a shrine to quality cinema and 60s/70s rock.

If that doesn’t turn you on then its cheap happy hour prices (6-8pm) and eclectic range of cocktails certainly will.

Address: 72 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th arrondissement

Metro: Parmentier

(Photo: Orange Mécanique/Facebook)

Zéro de conduite

Feeling nostalgic for your childhood? Head to this cartoon-themed bar where you can spend your time watching your favourite animations and playing board games. 

The cocktails are served in baby bottles and are all named after cartoon characters. Oh, and if you want to order something you need to draw a character of your own.

Address: 14 Rue Jacob, 6th arrondissement

Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

(Photo: Zéro de Conduite/Facebook)

Ice Kube bar

So it might not be the cheapest bar in Paris but it’s most definitely the coolest. After all, it is made entirely from ice.

With an entry fee of €38 you’ll have access to the bar for half an hour where you’ll be given a warm coat and gloves to help you withstand the below freezing temperatures and cocktails.

Address: 5 Passage Ruelle, 18th arrondissement

Metro: La Chappelle

(Photo: Ice Kube Bar/Facebook)

Eva Pritsky

An antique shop and bistro by day and bar by night, this bar attracts an artistic crowd.

Where else can you enjoy an apéritif with friends before walking away with the chair you sat on?

Address: 5 Rue d'Eupatoria, 20th arrondissement

Metro: Ménilmontant 

(Photo: Mitch Altman/Flickr)

La Lucha Libre

You don't get more unique than a Mexican bar in Paris with a wrestling ring in the basement. 

Either watch the professionals battle it out at a safe distance or don a sumo suit and have a go yourself after downing one (or two) of the bar's famous mojitos.

Address: 10 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, 5th arrondissement

Metro: Maubert-Mutualité

Candelaria

At first glance this is just a taco bar. But behind an unmarked door at the back of the restaurant hides a candle-lit cocktail lounge.

Come here some of the best cocktails in the city including the guêpe verte or green wasp, with tequila, lime, pepper, cucumber, spices and agave syrup.

Address: 52 Rue de Saintonge, 3rd arrondissement

Metro: Filles du Calvaire

(Photo: Candelaria/Facebook)

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

READ ALSO 6 ways to get around Paris without the Metro

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