Party Earth Review Fashionable for over a decade among fun-loving bohemians in search of a cheap drink, Bar Ourcq is a Parisian original in the far off 19th arrondissement. Situated steps from its namesake Ourcq Canal in the La Vilette area... ... read full review
68 Quai de la Loire
01 42 40 12 26
W–Th 3pm–midnight, F–Sa 3pm–2am, Su 3pm–midnight
19eme, Paris –
Fashionable for over a decade among fun-loving bohemians in search of a cheap drink, Bar Ourcq is a Parisian original in the far off 19th arrondissement.
Situated steps from its namesake Ourcq Canal in the La Vilette area, the bar makes for a perfect spring, summer, or early fall outing when patrons can take full advantage of the outdoor space.
Easy to recognize by its bright turquoise exterior, which extends inside to a long turquoise bar, the venue features an original, early-20th-century tile floor with pink, black, and white details. Rounding out the décor is a mix of wallpapers, cloud-painted ceilings, conventional café seating, and several couches.
Besides the affordable beer, wine, and cocktails, the bar also offers patrons free use of outdoor lounge chairs, board games, and pétanque, a traditional French ball game that guests can take out to the banks of the canal to play.
As a prime picnic spot, the area can get quite crowded in the summer – especially when DJs set up in the evening – but always remains decidedly chill.
With a laid-back, artsy crowd dominated by bearded hipsters and girls in sundresses, Bar Ourcq is the perfect cozy spot to gather in groups and lounge the day away.
Artsy regulars and international bohemian types, 20s and 30s.
DJs set up their decks each night at the front of the bar and play a wide variety of music. Check the website for a schedule. Lots of board games available.
Free bar snacks include chips and chorizo.
Beer and wine €2.50+, cocktails €5+.
Wednesdays are popular, as are the weekends.