I’ve often heard Parisians say that there’s not much going on in the 14th arrondissement. But that is definitely changing, and this bar would be my opening argument.
Open the door into the rabbit hole of Le Lock Groove – eclectic decor, unconventional music, happy hour on cocktails and that priceless warm glow that blankets you and nudges you as if to say “go on, just stay for one more drink”.
At the beginning of the evening, the mismatched theatre seats, miniature ercol-style chairs and colourful plastic stools sit poised, waiting to be fought over amidst the natter of long overdue catch-ups and first dates.
Take a moment to take in the setting. You can’t miss the fact that the owners here are music-lovers; the wall behind the bar is plastered with vinyl covers and you can count on them to spin these into the early hours. Thirsty throats are quenched by their recently updated list of draught beers and cocktails and hungry stomachs are contented either with light bites such as saucisson or guacamole (€ 5/€ 6 a pop), whilst others may fall prey to the scent of burgers and fries being chomped on by the neighbouring table.
By around 21:00 the scantily clad ladies and Jimi Hendrix (the interesting decor pictured here) look over a crowded room full of people enjoying the unique vibe of Le Lock Groove.
One tip: check out their Facebook page, as you can keep track of their themed nights!