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Le Calbar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars 12e arrondissement
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
© Vincent Anceaume
© Vincent Anceaume

Rejoice, ladies: In this bar, the waiters sport their underwear – and not much else – with pride. The idea came to Christophe Thierry after a well-oiled evening between two young colleagues in the luxury hotel sector. ‘We were looking for a playful, fun concept. We also wanted to set up a cocktail bar with the ambiance of an American bar during Prohibition, while staying chic,’ says Thierry with a big smile: he has teamed his underwear with apron, braces and bow tie. The décor of the former wine bar recalls a New York loft, with bare bricks, street art and wooden furniture. You have to climb a caged stairway to find the lounge furnished with comfortable Chesterfield couches and post-industrial coffee tables, hip-hop and electro on in the background.

Those into their cocktails will find much to please on the menu; €11 drinks come with premium spirits like Monkey 47 (a 1986 German liqueur with 47 ingredients), Nikka (a Japanese whisky) or even Tanqueray Ten (gin made from fresh fruit). Expect to pay €5 for a glass of wine, €3-€7 for beer and around the €10 mark for a club sandwich.

There’s no happy hour, but a monthly apéro where underwear as outerwear is a prerequisite for both sexes (free dressing room available) to get hold of the special cocktail, the Dagobear.

By: Anne-Martine Toussaint, translated by Adriana Maldonado


Venue name: Le Calbar
Address: 82 rue de Charenton
Opening hours: Du lundi au vendredi de 15h à 1h30, samedi de 17h à 1h30. Fermé le dimanche
Transport: Métro : Ledru-Rollin
Price: 11 euros le Calbar cocktail
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I was impressed from the moment I stepped into this little bar on Rue Charonne. The music was hip-hop and the boxer-clad barmen were dancing and singing behind the bar while mixing their delicious cocktails! They really look like they are enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm rubs off on their clientele! Seated on the leather sofa, they took our orders while chatting with us like friends. Cocktails are pricey (10-13 Euros) but really good and there's something for everyone tastes. Great place to grab a cocktail (or two...) with friends!