Party Earth Review Hosting nightly musicians and featuring a long and sordid history, Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) is a quieter, modern-day version of the famous 19th-century cabaret of the same name. Chat’s third incarnation – the venue... ... read full review
Le Chat Noir Design Hôtel
68 Boulevard de Clichy
01 46 06 94 28
Montmartre - 18eme, Paris –
Hosting nightly musicians and featuring a long and sordid history, Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) is a quieter, modern-day version of the famous 19th-century cabaret of the same name.
Chat’s third incarnation – the venue moved twice to accommodate its popularity – is a far cry from the theme of the original. Once a hangout for famous writers and artists like Pablo Picasso, this chill bistro now operates below a boutique hotel, has dropped the dancers, and provides a sanctuary from sleaze instead of hawking it.
Sounds of soothing ambient jazz fill the open room during the day, as sunlight pours in through the glass façade and trendy hotel guests traipse down before venturing out to the bustling boulevard.
Happy Hour attracts preppy professionals to the curved wooden bar for a belt off the thick drinks menu, as weary tourists enticed by history fuel up on French and fusion dishes and wonder where the boobies went.
The evening live music is the real draw, creating a perfect scene for romantic couples to huddle around candlelit tables and sample the cheese plates on offer, while the fact that the place never closes makes it an ideal escape for mellow insomniacs and area clubbers in need of one more drink.
Le Chat Noir may be long removed from its bohemian years, but it’s still a great place to sip and soak up some history with a fistful of chèvre.
Even if the rich history behind the original version of the bar doesn’t entice you, its location should, as Le Chat Noir Design Hôtel directly above the restaurant is an adorable place to stay. Their Romantic Special is particularly nice, and includes rose petals and champagne waiting in your room and passage on a lovely cruise on the Seine.
Young professionals on their lunch breaks, trendy hotel guests, history buffs, curious tourists, romantic couples, piano fans, and mellow barhoppers, late 20s to late 30s.
Live music nightly 9pm–midnight performs everything from blues, soul, and jazz to salsa and cabaret tunes to spice things up. Ambient background jazz earlier in the day.
Several small TVs tuned to music videos, sports, or news.
French and fusion dishes including traditional ravioli with mushrooms, escargot, hamburgers, salads, and meat and fish dishes.
A tasty cheese selection provides some très bon snacking options. Desserts include crème brûlée ice cream and crêpes. Happy Hour daily 5–9pm.
Appetizers €6.80–€15.30, salads €12.80–€14.30, entrées €10.90–€36.80, cheese €4.80/piece.
Beer €6.80–€17.70, wine €4.50–€8/glass or €22.30–€39.30/bottle, cocktails €9.80+, spirits €4.20–€21.90, champagne €90–€190/bottle.
Smart casual: suits, button-downs, vests, smart dresses, fitted sweaters.
After 9pm Thursdays through Sundays for a full house enjoying the live music, or early evenings during the week for a relaxing meal before venturing into the Parisian night.
Café des Deux Moulins (15 Rue Lepic) has its own history, except this unassuming bar’s draw is more recent, having been used extensively in the popular French film Amélie.