French Bar Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French bar vocabulary words including names of drinks as well as useful phrases. Overall, the words for alcoholic beverages are quite easy to learn as many are taken from English. For example, to say “rum and coke” you say: “le rhum coca” and to say “gin tonic” you say, “le gin tonic“.

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Useful words

  • le bar bar
  • le barman bartender
  • le comtoir bar counter
  • le tabouret de bar bar stool
  • le tire-bouchon corkscrew
  • le shaker à cocktails cocktail shaker
  • la caisse cash register/till
  • la pompe à biere beer tap
  • le percolateur coffee machine
  • le dessous de verre coaster
  • le seau à glace glass bucket
  • les verres glasses
  • le gin tonic gin tonic
  • le scotch à l’eau scotch and water
  • le rhum coca rum and coke
  • le vodka à l’orange vodka and orange
  • le cocktail cocktail
  • le vin wine
  • le martini martini
  • la bière beer
  • le coup shot
  • le coup simple single shot
  • le coup double double shot
  • les amuse-guele bar snacks
  • les chips chips/crisps
  • les noix nuts
  • les cacahouètes peanuts
  • les amandes almonds
  • les noix de cajou cashew nuts
  • les olies olives


  • Excusez-moi! Excuse me!
  • C’est mon tour. I’m next.
  • Non, merci. Pas de glaçons. No thanks, no ice.
  • Est-ce que je peux t’offre un verre? May I buy you a drink?
  • Qu’est ce que tu prends? What will you have?
  • Je ne bois pas d’alcool. I don’t drink alcohol.
  • C’est ma tournée! It’s my round!
  • La prochaine tournée c’est toi qui payes, d’accord? You pay the next round, okay?
  • Est-ce qu’on peut manger dans ce bar? Can you eat in this bar?
  • Santé!/Tchin tchin! Cheers!
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