During the past few years, the French beer scene has seen a strong evolution – dare we say revolution? – and many independent bars have opened. Here are the best craft beer bars in France in 2018 according to the French beer blog Happy Beer Time.
How were the bars selected?
Writers for the blog – who are all informed craft beer consumers – live all over France, and together they put up a (subjective) list of places.
They are aware that their selection is neither exhaustive nor flawless.
The goal was to allow beer aficionados from all over the world to discover quality beer bars in all the main French cities.
Some places might be missing, so feel free to let them know in the comments section.
They are very proud to present you with this list of the 100 places they would recommend to any traveller in France looking to drink excellent beer!
Here are the criteria for a place to be eligible for the list
1. The bar must be open late in the evening at least on week-ends
2. The place must be open at least 4 days a week
3. The place must be independent and not tied to a brewery estate
4. It can’t be a franchise
5. In the case of brewpubs, beer quality is decisive
6. The number of beers on tap and their quality is the most important criterion
The bars in the list represent a summary of 100 places that are recommended in no particular order. The list is broken down by region/city.
We hope this list will keep you hydrated during your visit to France 🙂 Please let us know what you think about it and feel free to tell us if we have missed any place you think should be included! Santé!
Almost all of the listed bars open to a link so you can get the address and find out more – if the bar has no website, it opens to a Facebook or Tripadvisor page – a couple have no internet presence hence no link (Alec).
Chambéry: Les Bières de Midgard
Chamonix Mont Blanc: Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC)
Nernier: Au Bon Coin
Vienne: Bar de l’Hotel de Ville
Quimper: La Maison Jaune
Centre-Val de Loire
Chartres: L’Académie de la bière
Olivet: L’Absynthe Olivet
Tours: Le Gambrinus
Hayange: La Bascule
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges: La Cabane au Darou
Amiens: Hoppy Loft
Arras: Chez Marcel
Marcq-en-Barœul: Taste n’ Brews
Vendin-lès-Béthune: One Shot Brewpub
Caen: Les Déserteurs
Biarritz: La Tireuse
La Rochelle: Captain Houblon
Poitiers: Cluricaume Café, Le Zinc
Soorts-Hossegor: L’Île du Malt
Nîmes: L’Instant T
Pays de la Loire
Angers: Donald’s Pub
Aix-en-Provence: Le Bière Paul Jack
La Ciotat: Le Caps
La Garde: Bières du Monde et d’Ailleurs
La Seyne-sur-Mer: Ca Chotte Quai des Bières
Nice: Beer District
Colombes: Local Bear
Maisons-Laffitte: RockOut Bar
Montreuil: Le Drunken
Pantin: Bar Gallia
Poissy: L’échoppe de bière
Rueil-Malmaison: So Bière
Versailles: Le Baradoz