Point Ephémère

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Point Ephémère Point Ephémère in Paris' 10ème is a bar, exhibition space, concert hall, & art studio. Check out Party Earth for more on this amazing Paris art/music venue. Paris France 48.881884 2.36867
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Party Earth Review The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists. Managed by... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    7: Louis Blanc; 2, 5: Jaurès

  • Phone:

    01 40 34 02 48

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Sa noon–2am, Su noon–11pm
    Hours vary for special events

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Point Ephémère Videos

Wu Lyf Cave Song Paris Point Ephémère 2011
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Novembre 2009 à Point Éphémère
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Cool Cats Week End @ Point Ephemere, Paris 05-06-2010 | HD
Kunt - Point Ephemere

Party Earth Point Ephémère Review

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Point Ephémère in Paris' 10ème is a bar, exhibition space, concert hall, & art studio. Check out Party Earth for more on this amazing Paris art/music venue.

The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists.

Managed by non-profit group Usines Éphémère – whose sole purpose is to convert unused buildings into thriving cultural centers – the Point is a chaotic hybrid of bar/café, exhibition space, concert hall, and resident studios all crammed into a series of adjoining industrial buildings and tents.

During the day, local creatives and students chill along the canal-side and graffiti-covered patio, slinging back a few cheap beers and munching sandwiches from the café-style eatery before dropping in on the music, media, fabric, and performance art studios. In-house residencies last a month for dancers and three to six months for visual artists – and include everything from dance troupes to avant-garde welders – so what’s on the docket in each room is anyone’s guess.

As night falls, a mélange of Paris intellectuals, club kids, fashion mavens, and fellow artists looking for a show descend on the various nooks, including a 300-capacity concert hall with an agenda crammed full of Pitchfork-fresh artists whose styles range from twisted noise to stone-happy deep dish and everything in between.

Funky, cluttered, and worlds away from chic, Point Ephémère is a stalwart member of the Paris art scene, and will no doubt keep patrons entranced with its short-lived exhibits for a very long time.

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Tip from Jonah:

Although the concerts can be amazing and you’ll be drenched in sweat from dancing your pants off, don’t forget that Point Ephémère is also a thriving arts space open all day long! Show up early to catch a little art and chill by the canal for a few hours before a show.

  • Crowd

    Diverse crowd of hip students, young arty types, dancers, underground scenesters, bohemians, designers, new media fans, DJ nuts, and live music lovers, as well as everyone from fashionistas to older art collectors attracted by the rotating exhibits, 18 to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Concert hall hosts a chaotic mix of live bands and DJs, including some big-name performers, but the focus is usually on up-and-coming acts.

    Constantly changing range of art exhibits and installations, intimate dance recitals, jam sessions, fabric work, and more.

    Check website for events and hours.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Basic French and international fare, including bagels, burgers, sandwiches, and light desserts, usually available in the simple diner space. Brunch on weekends.

  • Prices

    Cover charge €8–€20+ (for concerts); entry to individual studios is almost always free, but concert prices vary per event. Brunch €14.50, appetizers €4.50–€8, entrées €8.50–€19, desserts €4–€8.

    Beer €2.50–€3, wine €3, cocktails €4.50–€7, champagne €10, spirits €6, non-alcoholic beverages €1–€3.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: vintage wear, plaid, denim, flowy dresses, skirts, artfully scruffy hairdos.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Hot nights depend on personal music preferences, but the concert hall is almost always pounding with young and sweaty revelers Thursday through Saturday nights, and weekend brunch brings in a laid-back crowd for eats and a peek into the individual studios.

  • Close By

    Housed in an old colonial-style building, Comptoir Général (80 Quai de Jemmapes) is an eccentric bar where patrons sip beer amid stuffed animals and tropical trees, and listen to weird and wonderful music from France and around the world.

Point Ephémère User Reviews

Average rating:
Point FMR - Canal Saint-Martin area
Diane R. Apr 23, 2013
I've been living for a year one block away from this nice artistic bar/restaurant: perfect place to crash late-afternoon, even better during sunny days since it features a terrace and it is boarded by the "Canal Saint Martin". The entrance is free during the day (and at night when no special venue is scheduled), and the drinks are less expensive if you come in early afternoon till around 6PM. You can walk around the temporary art exposition on the right side of the bar while having a drink, or eat inside/on the terrace. During special venue, the other part of the bar featuring a scene and a dancefloor are open, but be careful and plan your night out in advance because you may have to book a ticket online and/or pay for it! You can check the art exposition and the venue schedule at www.pointephemere.org Anyway, I definitely recommend this place, even more during sping/summer!
Hipster Hot Spot
Rachel V. Mar 26, 2013
Whether you're looking to soak up some late-afternoon sunshine before hitting that artsy party or you're looking to dance the night away surrounded by intolerably beautiful 20-somethings, the Point Ephémère never fails to set the right mood. I especially enjoy this spot during the summer because the terrasse and the canal are so pleasant. There is always interesting artwork being exhibited in the large room, and the music varies from hip hop to house to dub step. You will appreciate this kind of venue most if you speak at least a little French, or if you go with friends who are into fashion and the arts. The Point Ephémère is also good because everybody knows it: it's not exclusive, and the place is a good rallying point for people from different scenes and communities.
Artistic Hub!
Dale L. Mar 11, 2013
If you feel like a social scene immersed in the creation, exhibition and appreciation of art - you found the spot! Start off with drinks by the canal and meander into the hub. Strolling in you can feast your eyes on the different fashions expressions from the crowd, art (in almost all forms) or just set in for the night on the dance floor. Whichever your preference though, prepare for a night of expansion in the creative realm.
Artsy and bohemian-like bar at Canal St.Martin
Sarah F. Feb 20, 2013
When I first went through the door of Point Ephémère, being around 17, I was enchanted by its uniqueness. Not only the fact that le bar is directly near Canal St.Martin, but also its interior design (and various artwork hanging on the walls), made me think "that is a perfect place". What I also enjoyed, and I still do, is the possibility of taking taking a beer (quite cheap during the Happy Hours) and sitting next to the canal, listening to a very nice music. But once, during summer, after walking miles with my friends, the only thing we could have though of was drinking a cold beer, so we went to Point Ephemere. My friends, who spoke only English were ignored and when I went there, asking for something in French, the bartenders simply kept on having their chat, as if noone was there. The other time, when the queue was enormous, some people decided to skip it and went directly to a bar, and they were served in a first place. I mean people who work there just don't seem to care! Despite this bad (and very slow) stuff, I still think this is a nice place to visit at least once when being in Paris in order to see something different from typically parisian cafés and bistros.
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