As the weather gets warmer and the day lasts longer, all you want to do is chill outdoors, perhaps with a pint or two, as you catch up with friends and family. There are plenty of bars in Paris, almost one at every corner of the street. But this one that I have recently had the pleasure of visiting is one that is very worth a shout out, especially given the limited selection of craft beers in town.
You might have already heard of the brand Mikkeller, a well-known Danish beer company founded in 2006. With over 40 bars around the world, Mikkeller finally opened its first bar in Paris a month ago, in a prime location not far away from Gare du Nord.
Concept: Collaboration is key
The first thing that caught my eye was the dark blue shop front with their logo, adorably designed by an American artist, brightly displayed on both sides of the entrance. As I stepped into the bar, I noticed the sleek Scandinavian aesthetics and a gorgeous pink spiral staircase in the middle that leads us to more seating upstairs. It’s impressive to think all of this took only three months to renovate.
Almost everywhere you look, you’ll find Henry and Sally, the two mascots, peeking out from the poster on the second floor, or the packets of chips on the cupboard next to the bar. One of the most admirable qualities of Mikkeller is its commitment to collaborate and to diversify the bar by working with musicians, artists and other experts in different fields in order to create an experience that is greater than ‘just a bar’ for its visitors.
Unbeatable selection of draft beer
Once you visit Mikkeller, you won’t feel the need to go anywhere else. With 20 types of beer on tap (and wine on tap!), you have everything from IPA to Pilsner. You can find some well-loved classics, some specials by Mikkeller and a few collaborations with other breweries. The menu is revised and refreshed daily. The bar is also in the process of developing food pairings to maximise the beer tasting experience. For now, they have a selection of beer chips, cheese and sausages to satisfy the munchies. We had a taste of six different beers, a few IPAs, some sour beer and a porter with possibly one of the most intriguing flavours of all time: Vanilla and chilli. The American Dream, which is a hoppy pilsner went down the nicest, smelt absolutely delicious and was definitely moreish. I also had the wine on tap which was sweet, white and delightful.
Perfectly chilled setting
Mikkeller opens its door every day at 5pm, which is early for some of the Parisian bars. You’ll get served until midnight during the week and at 2 in the morning on weekends. Within the first hour, the bar is already filled up, with most seats being taken and many happy newcomers gathering around and outside the bar with their glasses constantly refilled. You get a mixture of locals coming from around the neighbourhood and international drinkers who just got off the train from Gare du Nord. We enjoyed our selection of drinks with a cheese platter and their one-of-a-kind blueberry beer chips. Why hasn’t anyone else thought of that before? It was the perfect complement to our drinks. The ambience was ecstatic and after our beer tasting, we ended up staying for another pint each and left just before sunset towards Sacre Cœur, which is only a 15-minute walk away.
Looking for a bar with good vibes and even better beer? Look no further than Mikkeller. There’s definitely something for everyone! Good news: Mikkeller is looking to reduce their prices in the next few weeks, making the already attractive menu even more enticing.