Party Earth Review The name La Fourmi (The Ant) suits this bar and café well, an unassuming, hipster hotspot that passersby could easily miss amid sex shop-riddled Pigalle’s larger distractions. Very much a local’s scene where artists and... ... read full review
74 Rue des Martyrs
01 42 64 70 35
M–Th 8am–2am, F–Sa 8am–4am, Su 10am–2am
Pigalle - 9eme, Paris –
The name La Fourmi (The Ant) suits this bar and café well, an unassuming, hipster hotspot that passersby could easily miss amid sex shop-riddled Pigalle’s larger distractions.
Very much a local’s scene where artists and music lovers gather for drinks, the venue draws its eclectic crowd from the surrounding area, which – on top of the porn – is home to a good number of concert venues.
Just off the busy Rue Rochechouart, the space is a modernized French café with authentic wood furnishings updated with suspended wrought-iron lighting and a glass bottle chandelier.
There is nothing commercial about this joint, and its original industrial style sets a mellow mood for its genial, low-key clientele. Although it’s a popular hangout, the roomy interior and outdoor seating allows everyone enough breathing room to be comfortable, at least before 11pm – after that, the bar is usually packed to capacity.
Located directly across the street from Le Divan du Monde, La Fourmi serves as a fantastic pre- or post-show watering hole, but it’s also a great place to people-watch anytime.
Stop in and talk to some of the regulars to get the scoop on when the best bands will be playing in the area. Once plans are made, remember that La Fourmi is equally perfect for pre-concert drinks or, since the kitchen usually stays open until midnight, for a late dinner after an early show.
Liberal local artists, musicians, and alternative types, late 20s to late 30s, with a casual hippie style.
Light hip-hop on the weekends; otherwise the music varies depending on the night.
Full French menu includes meat dishes, fries, and crêpes.
Menu €5–€15. Beer €4–€7, coffee €2–€4.
Whenever the area’s music venues are hosting local bands.