Imagine this: you're in the heart of Paris, looking for a cozy place where to treat your senses with some delicious gourmet plates and warm drinks.. Your walking around the 3rd district, the area full of crowdy bars and chic restaurants but none of them really seems to invite you in. You're passing them all... Until.. Right there, right at the back of the 404 restaurant and Andy Wahloo cocktail bar you see it.. The Place To Go. This venue, called Derrière (= back, in french) presents itself as a typical Parisian family apartment, literally, and has that special atmosphere which is hard to resist. Decoration of a French baroque house, Derriere is equipped with numerous "little touches" which makes the guests feel as if they're hanging out at a friend's place or just enjoying themselves on a small house-party.
Little wooden chairs, messy bookshelves loaded with huge piles of books, an old ‘baignoire’, a bed placed in the middle of the room space and lots of other objects do guarantee the place a unique coolness and an atmosphere you hardly could get from other places. Upon arrival you are welcomed by the staff and get to choose your sitting according to your mood: a settling in the traditional dining room, playing ping-pong in the salon, watching a film in the ‘movies’ designated area or having a cocktail in the boudoir. The venue also offers a more quiet area on the upstairs, which functions as a bedroom, and guests can go to relax.
Well, You think this is it? A place like this coulnd't exist without a secret room, a delicately discrete fumoir where smoking is "off the record", the entrance is from an old baroque wardrobe door covered with mirror (the one you see on the picture above). Huh, pretty exiting, imagine to meet someone you like at this restaurant and by the end of the evening, after many tickeling looks, you suddenly find yourself with that person in the secret room.. Enough of my imagination, my point is, this place is fantastic for all kinds of dates, birthdays, weddings, themed parties.. what ever you imagine to celebrate.
I personally like this idea of a venue a lot. Spending your evening in a place like this is a perfect way to enjoy a good company and just to relax in a friendly-homie ambient. No stress of have to be extra polite or extra-chic. It surely is on top of my list of places where to go in Paris.
69, rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris
+ 33 1 44 61 91 95
(a reservation is required at least 5 days before the date)
* the prices are circa from 45euros, a normal menu, up to 70euros for à la carte
PS! My dear french readers and especially those from Paris, have you ever been there? If so tell us about your experience:)