La Fourmi

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Pigalle

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The terrace of La Fourmi [the ant], whose name is a wink to the nearby concert hall La Cigale [the cicada], is a summer sun-trap for pretty girls with cute haircuts and skimpy dresses, attracting a throng of Pigalle street singers come to serenade their charms. As soon as they launch into song, the venue’s crowd of arty bohos take up position behind the big bay windows of the big main room with its high ceilings and post-industrial décor – an enormous, yet warm and friendly wood-panelled space, with a stunning chandelier made of glass bottles.

Come here to sip cocktails, glasses of wine and beers (€2.80 a pale ale) – all very affordable when compared to the neighbouring Café la Cigale or the Petit Trianon. The area is full of Parisians helping out at concerts at the Cigale, the Boule Noire, the Trianon and the Divan du Monde, so be prepared to fight your way through to get to the bar, and for the attention of the perfectly nice but overstretched staff. If, by a miracle, you get a table, there’s a menu of sandwiches, salads, charcuterie boards and some dishes of the day.

Venue name: La Fourmi
Address: 74 rue des Martyrs
18e
Paris

Opening hours: 8.30am-2am Mon-Thur, Sun; 8am-4am Fri, Sat
Price: free. Drinks €1.60-€8

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Matthew o

Very cool bat. €5.50 a pint without it being Happy Hour. That said most bars are €5 ish during happy hour which last quite a while and vary from bar to bar. Can be up to €12!A pint a short walk up the hill to Montreal Matre.