CO

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For a truly eccentric soirée, come to this surreally decorated bar, restaurant and art gallery.

Conceived as a communal creative space and inspired by the diverse Porte de Clignancourt area, this eclectic 18th arrondissement haunt is a bar, restaurant, gallery and events space in one. Every square metre has been meticulously thought through, with a bafflingly strange décor of Lewis Carroll levels of eccentricity. You can’t help but feel the Mad Hatter’s going to leap out from under your chair when CO’s interior features a large soft leopard, an elegant old china cabinet and a giant mobile made of dreamcatchers and model brains. Cocktails come in English teacups – another Carroll reference – and even the discreet entrance has something of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ about it.

Marketing itself as a slightly more bourgeois version of the nearby Recyclerie (another grand bazaar-like institution with a strong emphasis on collective creativity), this bar’s atmosphere and menu are slightly more refined. Its cocktails are inventive and accomplished, and the food is relatively sophisticated (starters include taramasalata, foie gras and caviar – the owners, it turns out, used to work as caviar suppliers to various high-end restaurants). Prices vary, with a cucumber ‘club sandwich’ costing just €1.50 and risotto €10, but 25 grams of caviar is €50. Drinks are reasonably priced, with cocktails at €10 and pints at €5. You’re paying for the far-fetched setting too, of course, which makes this a great place to enjoy dinner with friends and check out the latest cutting-edge exhibits (view the programme here).

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By: Elise Renoleau

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Venue name: CO
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Address: 15 rue Esclangon
18e
Paris

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm
Transport: Metro: Porte de Clignancourt or Jules Joffrin
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LOVE this place! It is hidden and uncrowded and has some of the most amazing cocktails in town! No joke! The decor is mix and match meets cabinet of curiosities as retro furniture combines with quirky objects and unique artwork. The food is good, the staff are friendly, there's lots of space and again...the cocktails are out of this world! Trust me on this!