La Mécanique Ondulatoire

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The Bastille area is well known as a haunt of rock fans, and La Mécanique Ondulatoire [the wave machine] is a fantastic bazaar of retro souvenirs and vintage furniture spread over two floors. On the ground floor, a stunning wall of every imaginable alcohol gives you an idea of the well-priced cocktails concocted here. Downstairs, there are DJs and rock, ska, punk and metal gigs (even on Sundays, sometimes), inviting you to hum along, tap your feet or, if you’re feeling really brave, to get down and mosh. Entry to the bar is free and downstairs is around €5-€6, so there’s nothing stopping you donning some leather and tattered jeans and giving that day’s act a look.  

Venue name: La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Address: 8 passage Thiéré

Opening hours: 6pm-2am Mon-Sat. Concerts days & times vary
Transport: Metro: Ledru Rollin or Bastille
Price: €4-€7
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