Archive for the 'Nightlife & Parties' Category


Submarine Speakeasy

I arrived just after UC-61′s opening time 10pm, rang the buzzer at the nondescript entrance and was greeted by bartender Anaïs Teulier. The last time I had seen Anaïs was probably a year prior when I was judging the Disaronno Mixing Star competition, in which she was participating. In addition to making it into the Mixing […]

Inevitably, a Beer Fest

Flush with its new popularity, crafts and artisan beers now have their own a  festival, La Paris Beer Week (despite the Franglais title, the site is in French), taking place in brasseries, bars, and beer shops around Paris now through  June 1. There will be degustations, soirées gastronomiques, and even an amateur beer-making contest. I’m […]

The La Couple Cha-Cha!

The historic Montparnasse brasserie La Coupole was also a popular dance hall during Les Années Folles. Over the past 20 years Le Dancing de La Coupole has been transformed, updated, outdated, closed, reopened, and closed again. And since September they are once again hosting thés dansants every Sunday afternoon from 2:30-7pm, with the dance floor open […]

Cali Modern Cocktails

The boys behind the Tiki Lounge now have a new spot with a personality all its own. This time they’ve traded blowfish lamps and masks for something more midcentury modern. At Lone Palm, you can sip like a Californian lounge lizard of the ’50s when “modern design” meant comfy booths, kicky palm prints and Jetsons-like […]

A Modern Movie Club

Some people never go to the cinema anymore because they watch all of their movies at home. But the Popcorn Project is a totally new experience worth checking out. This cinema social club organizes regular screenings of popular, classic and cult films in a private cinema venue with an aperitif beforehand and a buffet, cocktail […]

Coffee-cum-Cocktails

With the emergence of a new breed of coffee bar, cocktails aren’t the only notable drinking trend to hit the capital over the past few years. Recently, three brothers have capitalized on both crazes in creating the Lockwood. Paris’ latest It-spot combines three different drinking styles all under one roof with Brûlerie Belleville coffee and light […]

Boozing BoBos!

Brought to you by the Maison Mere team, Artisan is the latest addition to the growing list of interesting places around Pigalle. However, unlike Maison Mere, which swings from sad quasi-quesadillas to surprisingly good mini-burgers, Artisan is consistently very good. I can comfortably attest to this after several successful visits. Artisan’s understated décor is charming and […]

Booze in Bastille

The streets around Bastille are bursting with bars serving cheap drinks that pull in a young, lively crowd. And while there is no shortage of options, there aren’t many that manage to stand out from the crowd. However, I stopped in at the Café Moderne with my friend Caroline recently, and found they’re well on […]

The Clandestine Castor Club

First impression: the decor delivers something totally different and difficult to describe. When I wrote about Castor Club for WBB, I called it “colonial hunting lodge meets English gentlemen’s club.” Since then, I’ve seen it referred to as a lodge in Iceland, a Norwegian village tavern, something from Twin Peaks, and a Siberian chalet. And somehow all of these […]

Discovering Beer in a Wine Country

France is known for its wine, not for its beer. But there is a growing number of microbreweries in France and some produce beer that can compete with the best. Brittany in particular has some fantastic beer, along with (not surprisingly) the region near the Belgium border and Alsace. Despite all the fine wine at […]

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