La Perle

Bar / Restaurant
La Perle Situated on an open corner in the Marais, there isn't anything particularly outstanding about La Perle – except perhaps the bar and restaurant's regular clientele of international jet-setters, socialites, fashion conscious... Paris France 48.8602347935553 2.36105002645874
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Party Earth Review Situated on an open corner in the Marais, there isn’t anything particularly outstanding about La Perle – except perhaps the bar and restaurant’s regular clientele of international jet-setters, socialites, fashion conscious... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Filles du Calvaire

  • Phone:

    01 42 72 69 93

  • Hours:

    M–F 6pm–2am, Sa–Su 9am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Perle Review

The Scene

Situated on an open corner in the Marais, there isn't anything particularly outstanding about La Perle – except perhaps the bar and restaurant's regular clientele of international jet-setters, socialites, fashion conscious...

Situated on an open corner in the Marais, there isn’t anything particularly outstanding about La Perle – except perhaps the bar and restaurant’s regular clientele of international jet-setters, socialites, fashion conscious cool cats, and famous French actors.

And then there’s that 2011 John Galliano rant, when the British fashion designer – who has a pad upstairs – dropped in for dinner only to go off on an anti-Semitic rant that quickly became an internet sensation.

Unfortunate outbursts aside, one might expect such a place to be sleek and exclusive, but au contraire – the bar is actually a rather run-down 70s dive with a dusty décor that includes bare tables and chairs and an original pink neon light that frames the bar.

During the day it’s not uncommon to see the joint populated by relaxed blue-collar locals sipping coffee and old French men quietly reading the paper. But at night, drawn in by history or perceived prestige, curious tourists and savvy scenesters begin to pile in, and waiters frequently shout at customers spilling out into the streets to get back on the sidewalk.

Though the service often leaves something to be desired, no one seems to complain (except for Galliano), and the venue continues to attract a young, pretty, and scene-driven crowd. Putting a finger on why La Perle is so popular may be impossible, but everyone who’s anyone still makes it a point to drop by.

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Tip from Adriana:

La Perle is one of the only bars in the Marais that lets you take your drinks outside – which is great on any warm night.

  • Crowd

    Casual locals by day and international young professionals, hipsters, and fashionable artists at night, 20s and 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    The lively conversation drowns out the background music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited menu of a hamburger dish or a vegetarian selection available Saturdays and Sundays only.

  • Prices

    Menu €8–€12. Beer €3.50–€5, wine €5, cocktails €7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday nights.

La Perle User Reviews

Average rating:
One of the strangest bars in Paris, full of contrast and with a central location
Juan O. Mar 30, 2013
This is probably one of the most bizarre bars you'll find in Paris. What is so strange about it? Well, that's maybe part of the problem - "La Perle" has something, but it's really hard to point at what that "something" is. By night, the bar's nearly always full with people from very different backgrounds that drown the music in a constant symphony of shouts, cries and laughter. The staff has a main role in this neverending racket, often contributing with a kind of language that one wouldn't expect from a waiter or a barman. Funnily enough, this seems to amuse customers, who probably find it a fun way to break out of the usually strict Parisian etiquette. Much of the contrast comes from the fact that the bar is located in what has become a rather classy - if alternative - area of Paris. You wouldn't say, though, once you step through the door and look at the furniture, and hear the brawl there's inside. Definitely a good place to start a night of which end you don't want to know anything until it comes by itself!
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