Oh, La Vache!
It may be home to the lovely Latin Quarter, but the fifth arrondissement doesn’t always deliver on the nightlife front. Bien sûr, there is no shortage of sticky-floored sports bars, but what is there for the insightful imbiber in search of something a little more off-beat? Well, fret no longer, Fabien, as we have just the ticket – hallowed hideaway Le Piano Vache.
Beloved by musos, journos and the Rive Gauche’s alt-cool crowd, this rocking joint takes its name from the taxidermied cow’s head that overlooks a past-its-prime piano. Sultry, rouge lighting sets the effortlessly underground scene, while poster-plastered patina tells the tale of this vicenarian watering hole’s decades in the business.
With two rooms and three bars, there’s always a quiet nook to nestle in, pew to perch upon, or counter to lean against. But, for many, it is the aural offering that hits the high note.
Hepcats and beboppers frequent Monday’s live jazz jams; Tuesdays take it back to the eighties with synth-tastic showstoppers and guitar anthems; twelve-bar groove disciples shuffle over to Wednesday’s blues night; while Thursday’s enigmatically titled ‘after work’ playlist attracts a steady stream of post-industry pleasure seekers.
But naturellement, the weekend is where it’s at, with a dance floor-packing programme of rock and pop. Get moo-ving!
8 rue Laplace, 5th / +33 1 46 33 75 03 / 6pm-2am Mon-Sat / lepianovache.fr