Le Baiser Salé

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Le Baiser Salé Nestled among little shops and Cafés on the narrow Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss) – a Paris jazz institution since 1983 – is a particular favorite of older American tourists, though its roster of world... Paris France 48.859765 2.347914
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Party Earth Review Nestled among little shops and cafés on the narrow Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss) – a Paris jazz institution since 1983 – is a particular favorite of older American tourists, though its roster of world... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14: Châtelet

  • Phone:

    01 42 33 37 71

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–6am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Le Baiser Salé Review

The Scene

Nestled among little shops and Cafés on the narrow Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss) – a Paris jazz institution since 1983 – is a particular favorite of older American tourists, though its roster of world...

Nestled among little shops and cafés on the narrow Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss) – a Paris jazz institution since 1983 – is a particular favorite of older American tourists, though its roster of world-class musicians and jam sessions brings in a steady flow of younger local jazz aficionados as well.

Open seven days a week with two live shows a night, the club has a no-frills look that proves patrons don’t show up for the flash of its façade, but rather for the substance of the music, which can run the gamut from the cool jazz stylings of Dave Brubeck and the modal improvisations of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, to the traditional fundamentals of Louis Armstrong.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a small patio where patrons chat around café tables, enjoying a cigarette and coffee before heading into the dark, crowded club with its dingy décor of neon lights and old concert posters.

The diverse crowd changes by the hour, with early evenings given over to older couples ordering cocktails at the horseshoe bar before heading up the narrow stairs to the sparse performance area to watch the first show.

Around midnight, larger groups of gritty regulars in natty threads flock in for stiff drinks and the second show, which usually features edgier jazz tending toward fusion with a potpourri of world sounds – a diversity reflected in the eclectic audience, whose makeup often varies according to the performers’ ethnicities and musical styles.

The funky sounds and clientele combine into a scene that hits its stride about the same time other bars have poured their last drink, making Le Baiser Salé a dark beacon for jazz fans prowling the 1st arrondissement in the hours before dawn.

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Tip from Emma:

It can be tough to tear yourself away when you’re upstairs digging the jazz. But if you get thirsty, it’s worth it to head to the downstairs bar where drinks are cheaper.

  • Crowd

    Jazz-loving tourists from America and elsewhere and hip local sophisticates, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly live jazz 8–9:15pm and live world jazz 10pm–2am.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy Hour daily 5–8:30pm.

  • Prices

    Beer €3.70–€8.70, cocktails €7.70–€11, wine €5+/glass or €30+/bottle. Prices rise €1.30 after 10pm.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual-hip: dark jeans, button-downs, boots, leather jackets, sweaters, scarves, and vests.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends for the late show, when the biggest names usually play.

  • Close By

    Guinness Tavern (31 Rue des Lombards) has all the ingredients to convince jazz fans who also happen to love live rock, draft stout, and staying up really late that buying a flat on the Rue des Lombards might just be the wisest life choice ever.

Le Baiser Salé User Reviews

Average rating:
The Salty Kiss For A Sweet Taste On Your Lips
Samantha G. Jan 29, 2013
Le Baiser Salé (literally The Salty Kiss) located minutes away from the amazing Quartier des Halles, is the place to go to for live jazz entertainment and cocktails with friends or with a date. Upstairs, the music programming is always outstanding and the staff is fun and friendly. You don’t like jazz music? No biggie, the bar downstairs accommodates passersby who just want to stop in for a drink; and if you are lucky (or smart) enough to visit Paris during the summer, then simply enjoy the outdoor terrace while sipping on a nice and cool mojito. The Rue des Lombards where the bar is located is usually busy enough for the perfect ‘people watching’ experience. Fun fact: back when I was living in Paris, I used to sing at Le Baiser Salé.
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