La Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis needs no introduction. Its savvy fusion of arty and popular venues have been drawing young crowds for some time now, and it's no surprise to discover in their midst Swinging Londress (to be pronounced in the Spanish way, for some obscure reason), a bar that pays tribute to British pop culture's '60s heyday. Paris certainly isn't wanting in vintage bars, but this one pulls off its theme with style and faultless good taste. The '60s decor is lovingly recreated in the form of big round mirrors and subtly psychedelic wallpaper, and makes for a suitably chilled atmosphere – especially if you manage to claim the large U-shaped bench in the alcove.
The unpretentious good taste extends to the food menu, which somewhat contradicts the British vibe with its Thai steak tartare (€11.50), goat's cheese burger (€13.50) and range of tapas (€2.50-6). The drinks are less exotic, but decent and reasonably priced (€2.90 for a half pint, €3.20 for a glass of wine). The end result may be a bit thematically confused, but makes for a lovely venue in which to kick back and have a chilled one.
|Venue name:||Swinging Londress||Contact:|
97 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7-2am, Sun 9-2am|
|Transport:||Métro : Gare de l'Est ou Château d'Eau|