Photos by Karl Hab
In Paris it gets personal. It’s the kind of city where individual experiences trump guidebooks every time. It’s French food, maaan. Vin rouge. The bastions of modern cooking, the guys who laid down the foundations, of course everyone is going to have their own favourite spots. I definitely have mine. And when it comes to drinks, they’ve got that licked too.
From the first moment we stepped into Le Pompon, it became a special place.
Terence Teh: When did you launch Le Pompon and what’s the story and team behind it?
Le Pompon: Le Pompon opened on October 1st 2010, by Charaf Tajer from the Parisian collective Pain O Chokolat. Charaf teamed up with Omar, from the famous Morrocan restaurant Chez Omar in North Marais, to open this club in an old synagogue. Charaf has been producing a bunch of events with his friends Stephane Ashpool, Oko, Fernand du Chalet, Kirikoo Des… from Pain O Chokolat along the years, starting at legendary Parisian venue Le Paris Paris, and expanding to Berlin and Tokyo.
TT: What area is Le Pompon in?
Le Pompon: Le Pompon is located on rue des Petites Ecuries, in the 10th district of Paris. It’s a neighbourhood that is growing a lot, with some really good restaurants and bars around. You can feel a very specific vibe, still very underground and multi-cultural, in this lower-class area.
TT: What are the plans for a restaurant upstairs?
Le Pompon: No words yet on the opening of the kitchen. For now, you can only enjoy some good cocktails upstairs… But we definitely recommend the delicious Steak Au Poivre at Chez Omar before joining our party!
TT: How would you describe the attitude and style that le Pompon envisions?
Le Pompon: Le Pompon is a mix of a lot of styles, from hair dressing pomade to Triumph motorbikes, from some wild dirty south hip hop to some local rock bands… We try to share what we enjoy the most with the crowd that comes in.
TT: What have been some of the highlights with events at the bar since you’ve launched?
Le Pompon: We usually take the best out of all the parties we make! We often have very special guests joining for a drink, in a very low-key way. We love to welcome all of our international friends, and make them discover our vision of what nightlife should be. We make people dance, we make people smile, we make people laugh… And that’s what make people come back the following weekend.
39, Rue des Petites Ecuries
Open 12.00 - 02.00
00 33 1 5334 6085
by Terence Teh