So my weekend to visit my friends who lived in Paris brought me to this epic place!
From the minute you walk in you are taken back in time and yet met with a real arty modern twist.
This place is one of my favourite places of all time. It's so French, the style of it and layout the people.
The staffs were totally cool with my broken French when I asked them a question. The place was packed but emptied out is quick to the downstairs venue.
€5 in admission which was grand but for the experience I received I would have paid 20! The band.... BAL DES MARTINE were playing, everybody was dancing with someone! It was WOW; I was blown away with admiration of the French people...
Congrats all round... I will be back!
Je mets 3 étoiles pour la beauté du lieu, l'ambiance, la programmation, mais je mets 0 étoiles au service et à l'accueil. Comme bcp d'endroits parisiens, sous prétexte que les gens viennent en nombre, on ne fait aucun effort, voire on entube.
Ex: le verre de vin est à 3 euros sur la terrasse dehors ou au bar du club mais dans la Halle il est à 4 euros (dans un verre à pied au lieu d'un verre en plastique, apparemment ça vaut 1 euro d'avoir un vrai verre!); idem pour le coca en fontaine, 4euros, un peu chèro du coup on reprend du vin, pas très responsable pour un club....
Mais c'est surtout c'est l'attitude du personnel, jamais sympa. J'y suis allée plusieurs fois et tjrs la même expérience.
Si je n'aimais pas le décor et la programmation, je boycotterai d'entrée de jeu. Et avec les avis postés sur le brunch je ne tenterai pas d'y perdre 28 euros.
Ceci dit, le lieu est agréable avec cette Halles Aux Oliviers et son arbre au milieu, une très bonne programmation, pour tous les goûts ( j'aime particulièrement les Tea Time toutes les 6 semaines avec l'excellent DJ Gilles Peterson).
I give this place 3 stars for the decor and programming but 0 stars for service. Like many other venues in Paris, because it is widely popular, owners/staff don't feel they need to make an effort on service. Even worse, they rip you off.
For ex: a glass of wine is 3 euros outside or in the club area, but 4 euros in the main hall, in an actual glass as opposed to a plastic tumbler. Unbelievable. Fountain Coke is 4 euros, so of course we pass and have more wine instead. For a club I find it utterly irresponsible to have soft drinks priced the same as booze.
But what bothers me the most is the in existent level of service and constant attitude. Been there several times now and had the same experience. I would flat out boycott this place if it weren't for the decor, ambiance,and programming. Looking at the brunch reviews though, am sure going to skip the 28 euro ripoff.
That said, it is a beautiful venue and I really enjoy their various events and clubs, esp the famous and incredible DJ Gilles Peterson at Tea Time, a regular club that happens every 6 weeks-ish.
What has happened to this once great place? It would seem a victim of its own success. Once we could wander around discovering all its many facets and now your privileged if you get a table in the jam packed restaurant. The space is still lovely but accepts way to many people and that would be okay if they could cater for it, but they can't. All six of us agreed that the food was appallingly bland and overpriced. I have never seen so much sugar in a cocktail before and still the 9eu mojito was tasteless.
The huge area we wandered into casually last time there, where we found experimental artists and music, was now a club with a half hour que wait. Don't they already have an underground club?
Drowned, danced in nostalgia during theme-less nights.
Le brunch le dimanche est vraiment top. Prix en conséquence mais vous ne le regretterez pas.