100 best beer bars in France

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!

image source: Captain Houblon – La Rochelle

Selection criteria:

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).

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Annecy: Bar Malté, La Démarrante, Oustiti à Roulettes

Chambéry: Les Bières de Midgard

Chamonix Mont Blanc: Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC)

Clermont Ferrand: Beerland, Le Brew-Pub, Salvation Jane

Grenoble: Dr D, Not a beer

Lyon: Accasbel, Hopstore, La Tête dans le local, Le Dikkenek, Les Fleurs du Malt, le bar (La mise en bière), Nomade Micropub, Platypus, The Beers

Nernier: Au Bon Coin

Vienne: Bar de l’Hotel de Ville

Villeurbanne: Bieristan

image source: L’instant T website – Nîmes

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Devecey: Maccenzo

Bretagne

Brest: Bière & Malt, Les Fauvettes

Quimper: La Maison Jaune

Rennes: Le Coin Mousse, Le sur mesure, Maloan

Centre-Val de Loire

Chartres: L’Académie de la bière

Olivet: L’Absynthe Olivet

Orléans: L’Hendrix Pub, Les Dis fûts

Tours: Le Gambrinus

Grand Est

Hayange: La Bascule

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges: La Cabane au Darou

Strasbourg: Le Café Grognon, Le Garde Fou, Le Grincheux

image source: l’Atalante – Paris

Hauts-de-France

Amiens: Hoppy Loft

Arras: Chez Marcel

Cassel: Kerelshof

Lille: Beerstro, Bellerose Bar & Diner, La Capsule, Les Six Roses

Marcq-en-Barœul: Taste n’ Brews

Vendin-lès-Béthune: One Shot Brewpub

Normandie

Caen: Les Déserteurs

Rouen: La Porte Ouverte, Underdogs

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Biarritz: La Tireuse

Bordeaux: Au Nouveau Monde, Jaqen Craft Beer, La Bièristerie, Le Lucifer, Le Zytho

La Rochelle: Captain Houblon

Poitiers: Cluricaume Café, Le Zinc

Soorts-Hossegor: L’Île du Malt

Occitanie

Montpellier: Bear’s House, Couleurs de Bières nord et sud, Microbrasserie La Barbote

Nîmes: L’Instant T

Toulouse: Au Poêle de la bête, Barallel, Breughel l’ancien, La Houblonnière, La Loupiote, La Mécanique des Fluides, Le Biérographe, Rooster & Beer

image source: Jaqen Craft Beer – Bordeaux

Pays de la Loire

Angers: Donald’s Pub

Nantes: Fleur du Malt La Digue du Fût, L’Antidote, Le Sur Mesure

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Aix-en-Provence: Le Bière Paul Jack

Avignon: L’Explo

La Ciotat: Le Caps

La Garde: Bières du Monde et d’Ailleurs

La Seyne-sur-Mer: Ca Chotte Quai des Bières

Marseille: Victor

Nice: Beer District

beer is alive and well in France – vive la bière Française!

Île-de-France

Colombes: Local Bear

Maisons-Laffitte: RockOut Bar

Montreuil: Le Drunken

Pantin: Bar Gallia

Paris: Brewberry Bar, Hoppy Corner, L’Atalante, L’Express de Lyon, La Fine Mousse, La Robe & La Mousse, Le Triangle, Les Trois 8, Outland Bar, Supercoin

Poissy: L’échoppe de bière

Rueil-Malmaison: So Bière

Versailles: Le Baradoz

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