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82, rue de Charenton
+ 33 (0) 184061890
Rue de Charenton
This is a very long, narrow street that runs along Opera Bastille and close to the Aligre market. Just before comes the China, which used to be my favourite bar, when it was still called the China Club. The two owners have opened a bar where the cocktails are refined and authentic and the topic of conversation is about the best recipes and shaker techniques.
This former wine bar has a lot of charm. The industrial décor with Chesterfield sofas creates a very comfortable atmosphere. The bricks in the walls echo the conversations at the bar where the owners/barmen provide the entertainment.
The funky +Once a month, the entertainment consists in a display of underwear. You have to innovate however you can to get noticed. This always heats up the atmosphere. These costume evenings are always great for breaking the ice and for crushing it too.
Open Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 1:30 am, Saturday from 5:00 pm to 1:30 am. Closed SundayMetro: Ledru-RollinCocktails: €10
Comfortable in working-class neighbourhoods and the tonier areas of Paris, I never get tired of rediscovering this timeless city. The Sex Pistols set the pace when I was younger. New technologies fill my working days now. My little extra: discovering fine eating spots around the capital for romantic dinners!