Party Earth Review A far cry from the literal translation of its name – “the general food store” – L'Alimentation Générale welcomes a diverse mix of music lovers looking for an eclectic mash-up of DJs and live performers. An audience of... ... read full review
64 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
3: Parmentier; 5, 9: Oberkampf
01 43 55 42 50
W, Su 7pm–2am, Th–Sa 7pm–4am
Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme, Paris –
A far cry from the literal translation of its name – “the general food store” – L'Alimentation Générale welcomes a diverse mix of music lovers looking for an eclectic mash-up of DJs and live performers.
An audience of chill students and hip intellectuals promises a calm midweek vibe, as patrons perch at the scattered picnic tables to down cheap beers and cocktails and catch a showcase of folk rock, samba, soul, reggae, jazz, and even classical.
The mostly open space sports a barebones décor of posters and flyers, bizarre lamps made of sponges, a retro foosball table in one corner, and a stage that plays host to the range of musical genres.
Guests enjoy a menu that reflects the simple nature of the venue itself – appetizers, cheeses, assorted meats, burgers, and pasta – but Générale’s spartan grub and midweek mellowness belies its weekend fervor, when an assortment of diverse DJs transform the space into a buzzing international fiesta.
A relatively easygoing door policy and affordable cover means the dance floor fills up quickly, with vibrant but uniformly casual club kids piling in for dubstep one night, banging Balkan techno beats the next, and a whole mess of other styles in between.
A down-to-earth haunt that satisfies the ears and won’t break the bank, L’Alimentation Générale is ideal for open-minded music fans in the market for a good time.
Bohemian college kids, casual young professionals, international exchange students, eclectic clubbers, and an older crowd for some of the live concerts, 20s to 30s+.
Concerts and DJ sets cover a massive array of genres, including world music, rock, folk, electro, hip-hop, funk, and soul. Music can change markedly from one day to the next. Foosball table.
Simple French- and Italian-inspired cuisine including burgers, steaks, pasta dishes, salads, tapas, and assorted meat and cheese plates.
Cover charge €0–€10 (Fridays and Saturdays free before 10pm, €10 thereafter, includes one drink). Appetizers and salads €12–€16, tapas €5–€16, entrées €12–€16, sharable cheese and meat plates €15–€16.
Beer €4–€8, wine €4/glass or €12–€19/bottle, cocktails and spirits €5–€9.
Funky casual to trendy: slick button-downs, sweaters, vests, jeans, t-shirts, floaty dresses, vintage skirts.
The hot night is invariably tied to musical preference, though the vibe usually amps up considerably whenever DJs are on the stage versus the live acts.
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