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It’s been a long wait for a venue dedicated to new acts in Paris, but now l’International has filled the void. There are two or three sets an evening, mostly rock, pop, folk, French singers, hip-hop and electro, all playing to an enthusiastic crowd – and it’s all for free. Not far from the lively Rue Oberkampf, l’International is distinguished by its friendly aura, a sort of best mates’ hangout that also doubles as a gig venue. Relaxed punters gather for well-priced drinks in the bar, a huge open space furnished with second hand furniture that gets very animated after cocktail hour. Once the gigs start, everyone crams into the downstairs event space that, much like a garage converted into a private club, is all pillars and walls in reinforced concrete.

Venue name: L'International
Address: 5-7 rue Moret

Opening hours: 6pm-2am Mon-Sun. Concerts daily (times vary)
Transport: Metro: Ménilmontant
Price: Free. Happy hour everyday until 9pm
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I really love this bar and have made some great memories here (some that resulted in massive hangovers)! Upstairs you have a large room and bar where people chat before the concerts start and downstairs is the small stage where 2 or 3 bands perform every night...for FREE! It gets hot and crowded downstairs but everyone is dancing and in a good mood and you can get up close to the artists as they perform! This place is one of the reasons that I love Paris so much! Great place to discover new talents!