Tucked away between prêt-à-porter boutiques on the Rue Aboukir, Lockwood's plain exterior and simple handwritten sign suggest another trendy New York-inspired bar with the appropriately hipster staff. But this time, owners the Lehoux brothers (Silencio, Ten Belles) have added a twist to draw in the crowds: this is a whole new concept for Paris, open all day long and covering everything from coffee shop to cocktails.
The decor is striking: pale wooden tables, lamps hung with figurines and bottles hung artistically over the bar. You can prop yourself up here at breakfast and wake up with coffee from a Belleville roastery (€2) and one of the pastries sitting under glass domes – lemon cake, perhaps, or cookies. For a proper meal, there are things like a sophisticated salad of beetroot, polenta and goat's cheese (€6.50).
In the evenings, there's an Italian-style aperitivo with a free buffet, followed by drinks and dancing downstairs, where they've hidden away one of the best caves in Paris – all stone walls with secretive stone alcoves (there are private spaces available for hire as well), garage rock on the speakers and an authentically underground speakeasy-style atmosphere. Soak up the whisky cocktails with mouthwatering quesadillas with slow-cooked pork, and let the good times roll.
|Venue name:||Le Lockwood|
73 rue d'Aboukir
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 8am-2am|
|Transport:||Métro : Sentier|