'J’aime les filles, de chez Castel...' sang Jacques Dutronc at a time when Jean Castel and Régine were the kings of Parisian nightlife back in the 1960s. Since the days of the Beat generation, this mythical club has seen the cream of the crop of the Parisian cultural scene, who have come to slum it here in this labyrinthine bar set over three floors of free-flowing champagne. Françoise Hardy, Françoise Sagan, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Mick Jagger have all graced the bar, as well as Frédéric Beigbeder, Edouard Baer and Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre. At the end of 2010, almost ten years after the death of owner Jean Castel, the club-restaurant underwent a major facelift: no more faded red velvet and gilded cherubs above art-deco leather banquettes; the red frontage was repainted black, the dancefloor in the basement was enlarged and the restaurant has a new chef.
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- 15 rue Princesse
- Métro : Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon ou Saint-Sulpice
- Opening hours:
- Tue-Sat 9pm-7am
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