Party on a péniche: Paris' best boat bars

Summer wouldn't be summer in Paris without the city's barges. Cool, chic or bohemian, these floating bars have become the city's hippest night spots. We've picked some of the best péniches for cocktails on the Seine or partying till dawn.

  • Le Marcounet

    Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville (at the foot of Pont Marie), 75004

    Stumbling upon this 1920s barge while strolling along the banks of the Seine will instantly transport you to the south of France.

    Jazzy and bohemian, this péniche (moored under trees near Notre-Dame) has live music most evenings and a great selection of natural wines.

  • Rosa Bonheur

    Rosa Bonheur sur Seine Port des Invalides, 75007

    Colourful and relaxed, this barge is a great place to mingle with the locals.

    Soak up an Apérol spritz with a slice of pizza from the gigantic wood-fired oven, then kick off your shoes and dance the night away to some cheesy French tunes.

  • Flow

    Flow 4, Port des Invalides, 75007

    If glamour’s what you seek, head to ultra-slick Flow.

    Enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower from the rooftop terrace, where you can sip champagne from noon, or dance until 6am in the club downstairs with the city's beautiful people.

  • Batofar

    Batofar Opposite 11 quai François Mauriac, 75013

    A stalwart of the French electro music scene, the Batofar has something for everyone: a great night's clubbing, regular concerts, a happy-hour game of babyfoot, a heated terrace bar with cinema screen and DJs, and restaurant the Wagon serving fresh local produce.

  • Petit Bain

    Petit Bain 7, Port de la Gare, 75013

    This bright-yellow barge embraces quirky design details, such as the gardens-in-bathtubs filling the terrace bar, and boasts a recording studio and concert venue on its lower decks.

    A socially-minded cooperative, le Petit Bain also helps get the unemployed back into work.