Recently bought by the team behind Comptoir General, the rue de Rivoli’s former Slow Club has become Macumba. We descend two flights of stairs underground and find ourselves in what looks like an Ancient Egyptian sanctuary, with stone-walled tunnels, retro-futuristic caves and Egyptian deities with the faces of Prince and Madonna. At the bar, Caribbean cocktails borrowed from the Comptoir menu and bottled beer priced at €6. Not exactly cheap but, given the free entry, we’ll survive.
On the light-paved dance floor you’ll find Comptoir regulars and curious newbies who’ve come to admire this utterly unique place. Music ranges from funk and soul right through to tropical, disco and house with the hottest Parisian DJs. Plus, Wednesday nights open with an intimate live performance.
We hope to spend some long nights at Macumba - after all, what happens underground stays underground…
TRANSLATION: LEONIE CATER