Selection of indie, cocktail and dive bars in Paris
Finally thirty-something creative types have a place in the 9th to hang out and sip a cocktail after dinner at one of the busy SoPi restaurants, like le Pantruche or Buvette. Strategically located in front of the square Montholon between Saint Georges and Faubourg Poissoniere, and now made over by Yoan Marciano, designer Alix Thomsen, and scenographist Laura Leonard, L’Hotel du Temps re-opened few months ago and the result is very cool !
You know those times when you don’t feel like eating a big, heavy meal but you’re hungrier for something more than just a measly bowl of olives or peanuts to accompany your apéritif ?
It’s official: Pigalle is mainstream. It’s full of places that are trying too hard to be cool and are packed with business school students (le Bus Palladium, Pigallion, le Dandy…), rent in Saint Georges has grown too expensive for starving hipsters, and worst of all… Scarfood is closed!
After showering you with glitzy soirées at Le Baron, providing you with a prime pre-mating setting at Hôtel Amour and nourishing you with Bentos at Nanashi, La Clique is now unleashing Le Fantôme, for your paranormal pleasure.
And out of the norm it is because if by chance, you end up strolling down the rue de Paradis and find your curiosity aroused by the nondescript entrance to a place that exudes an 80s-style ambiance counteracted with futuristic déco, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover what lies inside.
The girls from Rosa Bonheur have opened their second outpost and word is spreading quickly because Paris. But this ideal outdoor venue on the banks of the Seine is attracting a decidedly different crowd to the hillside hipsters who populate the original: the after-work corporates [forehead → table]. If, for any reason, you’re not so keen to wait in the endless drinks-line and be forced to talk about shares/the hot new secretary, come here at around 5pm for a relaxed apero on the wooden benches and actually enjoy yourself. The tapas menu offers charcuterie, cheeses, and terrines, and whilst it’s not as cheep and cheerful as we’re used to from Rosa Bonheur, the view of the Pont Alexandre and Grand Palais leaves nothing to complain about. It’s also one of the loveliest summer spots for a morning coffee and viennoiserie.
Grazie mille, Italy. Paris is indebted to you for two very good-looking, very identical reasons. If you don’t know who Adrien et Anthony « Les Jumeaux » are, it probably means you don’t get out much.
Born and raised in France to Italian parents, the dynamic frèros have carved an impressive empire out of Parisian nightlife, by combining their DJ skills, hardcore networking, two matching sets of creative eyes and a natural ability to organize soirées that bring together the city’s hottest men and women who you don’t otherwise get the opportunity to come across during the daylight hours.
Something’s brewing in Paris lately, and it’s raising a frothy following in eateries and bars all over town. Wine might be king in the realm of French beverage-dom, but its heftier cousin made from grains instead of grapes is quickly climbing the ranks with craft beer bars, shops and microbreweries creating a beerocracy of their own.
Cause le Marais is full of girly overpriced cocktail bars and gay clubs, we were pretty stoked to hear about the opening of a rock bar for biker bros sporting leather jackets. We were even more excited when we found out that the bar is being opened by Charaf Tajer and John Whelan – the founders of Le Pompom (R.I.P.) – with creative direction by Andrew Woodhead (Singtank, Dancing Doors, Surface 2 Air…). Cheap beers, total rock n’ roll vibes, hipster boys dressed in biker get-ups and hipster girls dancing around like wannabe groupies. Glad we can finally go somewhere else in le Marais besides La Perle to have a beer.