Le Perchoir de l'Est

Bars and pubs, Tapas bars Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est
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Fine cocktails and skyline vistas blow summer revellers away at a Gare de L’Est rooftop bar.

You may be used to going on holiday via the train station, but this summer in Paris there’s a twist. Arrive at Gare de l’Est, and instead of hopping aboard a train, take a trip up to the roof. There, you’ll find yourself at a beach party complete with parasols, exotic plants and jacking electro beats. The Perchoir de l’Est is the latest pop-up opening from the team that brought you the Perchoirs in the Marais and Ménilmontant, and as such you can expect lengthy queues.

The wait is worth it though, as the views are breathtaking and the drinks impressive. We start with a sparky, inventive Tequila Viadeta (€6), which pairs a shot of tequila with another of viadeta (an intense blend of pineapple, mint, peppers and coriander). If you’re after a more classic cocktail, you wouldn’t go wrong in ordering the Old Fashioned (bourbon, sugar, bitters, orange peel, €13). It’s a safe choice, but very well executed here. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, then charcuterie platters and pizzas are also available, and later on the dance area hosts thumping electro and pop DJ sets.

TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON

By: Karim Merikhi

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Venue name: Le Perchoir de l'Est
Contact:
Address: 10 place du 11 Novembre 1918 (entrez dans la gare de l'Est, c'est tout de suite à droite après le Sephora).
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Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-1.30am; Sat-Sun 6pm-1.30am
Transport: Metro: Gare de l'Est
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So when you go to a Perchoir, you can expect three things: expensive (see overpriced) cocktails, a waiting line to get inside and a beautiful view that makes it all worth it. Unfortunately, despite the pleasant décor, I find the newest Perchoir at Gare de l'Est to be missing the great Parisian view that makes the other two special. I mean yes, you are on a rooftop in Paris (which is super cool), but your view is over the traffic of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin below. Paying 7 euros for an iced tea is only okay if there's something spectacular that goes along with it. I'd rather go the Perchoir in Menilmontant or Café A, that is right across the street.