Mourning the Loss of Favorite Jazz Spot in Paris

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Jazz in New Orleans is the real deal – something special to witness first hand.  If you have never been there to be in a jazz club you are truly missing one of life’s best venues for music.  Before I ventured into Le Bilboquet in Paris I was completely skeptical.  I thought “How could anyone beat the vibe in New Orleans?”  But, knowing that the greats like Duke and Miles played there assured me this was going to be a cool place.  Once I stepped inside, I was hooked! 

Le Bilboquet was located in the hip 6th arrondissement by the famous cafés Les Deux Magots and de Flore, not far from La Sorbonne where students, artists, poets and fashionistas mix with ease.   With red velvet walls, high open ceilings and a jazz pit centered in the middle of the great bar room this was the place where we gal  pals used to feel completely immersed in Paris.  The sultry music seemed even more so with a French accent and the fact that so many of the French were singing and swaying along was fantastic!  The best seats in the house, apart from right around the pit, were up in the balcony.  From there it seemed like the energy was rising from the bottom and peaking up where we were perched around a tiny table sharing food and drinks while yelling to one another how fabulous it was to have this unique experience.  

As far as I am concerned, Paris lost one of its National Treasures when the doors closed at Le Bilboquet!  What places in Paris hold special places in your heart that are no longer there?  Please share with us!

  • Weekend In Paris
    Posted at 15:45h, 05 October Reply

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for reading and leaving your comments about my favorite jazz joing closing in Paris. It really is tough when a place like that closes, especially when you thought it would be there forever and didn’t take any photos!
    I am learning as I go along to take the time to slow down and take photos because these moments might never come along again – document your experiences so when your memories fade, you have photos to bring them back.

  • budgettravelsac
    Posted at 14:14h, 05 October Reply

    I’ve been to Paris a couple of times but never experienced the jazz scene there. It’s tough when one of your fondest memories and links to a place is lost.

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