L'Alimentation Générale

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue
L'Alimentation Générale L'Alimentation Générale in the 11ème is a stellar underground Paris music venue with very diverse DJs & bands. Tune in to Party Earth Paris for the details. Paris France 48.866826 2.374338
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L'Alimentation Générale - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Paris.
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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

  • Metro:

    3: Parmentier; 5, 9: Oberkampf

  • Phone:

    01 43 55 42 50

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    W, Su 7pm–2am, Th–Sa 7pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth L'Alimentation Générale Review

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L'Alimentation Générale in the 11ème is a stellar underground Paris music venue with very diverse DJs & bands. Tune in to Party Earth Paris for the details.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Food is served until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, but a reservation is compulsory if you want to eat. Make sure you call beforehand.

  • Crowd

    Bohemian college kids, casual young professionals, international exchange students, eclectic clubbers, and an older crowd for some of the live concerts, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Simple French- and Italian-inspired cuisine including burgers, steaks, pasta dishes, salads, tapas, and assorted meat and cheese plates.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Funky casual to trendy: slick button-downs, sweaters, vests, jeans, t-shirts, floaty dresses, vintage skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    UFO Bar (49 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud) is a comic book and retro-inspired rock bar with a daily Happy Hour from 6 to 9pm and an atmosphere that’s always loud.

L'Alimentation Générale User Reviews

Average rating:
Casual fun spot for a night of dancing
Clarissa D. Aug 28, 2013
This place is a staple in the République/Oberkampf area, with decently priced drinks, and a happening dancefloor. The DJs are eclectic, and the crowd is young and unpretentious. However - to be honest - this place is not particularly unique or interesting - especially if you're not feeling the DJ. I came here on a Saturday night, and didn't mind the short line, or paying a 10€ cover (which included a drink inside). When I walked in, the DJ was spinning old school hip-hop, but just as I was congratulating myself on choosing a good spot.... another DJ came on and started playing standard American bubblegum pop hits from the 60's and 70's. The drastic change led to a quick feeling of disappointment. While taste in music will vary, the vibe here leaves something to be desired. Bartenders are friendly, and everyone is casual, but unless you are really into the music, there isn't anything to stay for.
Nice place in Oberkamph area
Diane R. Apr 23, 2013
L'Alimentation Generale is a good spot to go if you're just out of one of the Oberkamph area bars and already had a few drinks. With usually a small/no line when there are special venues on weekends and a 10€ entrance fee including a drink, you'll spend a great night dancing and meeting nice young people from every horizon!
A basic for youngsters' nights out in the 11ème
Juan O. Mar 30, 2013
This is one of your bars of reference if you're either young, student, or an international variant of any of those two. An ample choice of music that won't displease most people and that gets pretty interesting in live sessions, together with affordable prices (be there for the happy hours!) ensure a constant flow of people ready to interact with. As for the food, well - the venue's name might be suspiciously appropriate. You won't find anything special, but the food's worth its price. In any case, most people don't go to "L'Alimentation Générale" because they're interested in cuisine..! Unless you're really interested in what's going on that one night, the venue's good mostly to stay just for a while, get some drinks at a decent price, meeting some new people in a casual atmosphere and then leave for a most interesting, less "général" place.
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