Stolly’s is an odd one but there’s a clear reason why it’s so popular. This belting, lively Irish pub sits right in the middle of the Marais and continues to be a favourite with a lot of people. It’s not your traditional Parisian bar, what with its neon beer signs and slightly chaotic décor, but sometimes traditional is not what you’re after – even in Paris. The crowd is a fun mix of tourists and locals, and it’s the vibrant atmosphere that attracts them. It can get pretty raucous sometimes but that’s part of its appeal. It’s the kind of place where beer is served in vast 1.5 litre pitchers, but there are also a surprisingly good selection of cocktails and whisky to choose from; it’s particularly strong on the latter, with a good list of ten-year-old Scotches with which to wet your whistle. There’s a thumping rock soundtrack and a small but welcome terrace if you want to escape – it’s heated to which is always a plus in our books.