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Le Caveau de la Huchette

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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Address: 5 rue de la Huchette, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-43-26-65-05
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
Description: This jazz bar wasn't always known for its smooth jazz acts: boogie-loving...
This jazz bar wasn't always known for its smooth jazz acts: boogie-loving GIs frequented its cool, smoky interiors during World War II.
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I felt instantly comfortable here. The building has history and its almost palpable. Mixed age crowd where everyone danced and it's small enough that everyone gathers 'round the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I felt instantly comfortable here. The building has history and its almost palpable. Mixed age crowd where everyone danced and it's small enough that everyone gathers 'round the show. The band played swing tunes all night.

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

When I the Latin quarter, don't miss this gem! The cave has been going strong since 1946 when U.S. Soldiers introduced jazz and and jitter bugging!!! Some greats have played through here. There is a 13 euro cover, but it well worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

For jazz and blues lovers, please be aware that it is not about jazz every night. It is an eclectic stage, but in a very interesting "cavern" used at least since the French Revolution.

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Shoham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This historical institute exists, probably in the same manor, for a long time. Jazz music played by different well known musicians with a dance floor that was relay a lively place all night, gives this place a taste last century's 40-50's days.you can get a drink from the bar at the entrance level and then climb down to the caves... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Before you pay the entrance fee (about EUR15) have someone from your group go downstairs and see if there is a place for you. The place may be fully packed and they don't tell you that at the entrance. The potential of the place, with caves downstairs, is ruined by the management greed for money. As jazz lovers, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I'm young and I went with my friends and it turned out to be really fun! People dancing of all ages, the music is perfect and kind of diverse. People are just happy about it.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Fun evening – great swing music. Very enthusiastic crowd that loves to dance. Expensive drinks. The cover was only about 10 euro. If you are in the Latin Quarter and you are over 35, this is a great place to dance and listen to music.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

For authentic Jazz and Blues this is the place to go in Paris. Open every night there is always a live band. After you enter the Caveau de la Huchette you realise that that you are going back in time. Down the twisted narrow stairway you eventually arrive in the cellar itself. It doesn't appear to have changed since the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This place was recommended by a friend. After three days in Paris, me and my partner decided to spend the evening in this jazz club. And it was an excellent choice, where ambience, music and the people gave a unique feeling for the bohemian spirit of Paris. This is now one of my favourite places in Paris. I will certainly... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Spent an evening at Le Caveau de la Huchette with a friend on a weekday night in early December. Many of the best stories of the trip came from our time here. Honestly I was expecting it to be more of a tourist trap but we ended up hanging out with some locals and having a great time. The two... More 

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