Le Paloma

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La Paloma / © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
La Paloma / © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
La Paloma / © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

This unpretentious façade could pass unnoticed among the surfeit of bars on the rues Jean-Pierre Timbaud and Oberkampf, but those in the know make a point of coming here. Inside is a small, cosy space, with a little room done out in second hand shabby chic sofas at the back, a few high tables in the front and a cute bar. We like the studied air of scruffiness and the friendly atmosphere, the dim lighting, the burnished walls, the vintage wallpaper and the old picture frames. The drinks selection is surprisingly acute, including Jenlain Ambrée beer, Carlsberg and artisanal H-Beer. The wine selection is small (just four vintages) but sensible.

Le Paloma also offers premium alcohols by the shot, like Hendrick’s gin or Aberlour whisky. The price of a demi during happy hour is a record low at €1.50 (6pm-8pm), while classic cocktails are €5 and glasses of wine €2. Strike up a conversation with the good-humoured owners Fabrice and Karim, who also recently opened the nearby Cri du Glaçon, or with the cheeky old timers who love chatting with the neighbourhood hipsters: everyone knows each other and there’s a really friendly atmosphere, even if you’re alone. Half-hip, half-popular, a bit vintage, with good rock and electro music and an offbeat feel: the recipe works, and the bar is always full until closing.

Venue name: Le Paloma
Address: 74 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud

Opening hours: Daily 6pm-2am
Transport: Métro: Parmentier, Ménilmontant or Oberkampf
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