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Le Caveau de la Huchette

#10 of 418 Nightlife in Paris
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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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Address: 5 rue de la Huchette, Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 43 26 65 05
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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This place is cramped and inconvenient with the bar being upstairs and the band downstrairs and there is very little seating but the music is great and the atmosphere is like a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is cramped and inconvenient with the bar being upstairs and the band downstrairs and there is very little seating but the music is great and the atmosphere is like a really good house party. Great for people watching. We had a great time and would return on another visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite things during our stay. it was authentic and some of the best music we have ever heard. I definitely recommend this.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

12 years or so ago my friend visited this place and this time having a visit in Paris we found this place still open which suggests that it is a place with history and many events up until now. It was amazing to listen the music and see professionals (and not only) to dance in this small yet amazingly cosy... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Good for Jazz lovers. Don't expect a fancy club. The club is in the basement, part of it still looks like a dungeon. Drew Davis band was good . If you want a drink, you have to go to the bar upstairs to get it. Little tricky coming down the back stairs with two drinks in your hands. The cover... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

I paid 5 euros for a request that was never played. I recognize that professional musicians have a pre established set but it would have been nice to have been told that my request would not have have been honored. I probably would have still tipped. A nice evening was marred by poor professionalism.

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

THis was a recommended place in the Marco Polo guidebook we had. We went on a Monday night and maybe things are slower then. Even though we were there late, they still wanted to charge us the full cover price. Not that great and the music is downstairs, so you cannot see what the crowd or music is like. We... More 

1 Thank Frankx4
Alamo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

This was hands down my favorite evening in Paris! The four piece jazz group was amazing especially the saxonphone. The cave was not in any way claustrophobic and the music was heavenly. Soooo much fun to watch the dancers - from professional to amateur they were all entertaining. We did not want to dance so we took a bench off... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Lucky to be in Paris when Ellen Birath and the Shadow Cats played the Caveau - basically a dungeon with a 600 year history, and a legendary jazz club, where all the classic stars have performed. Great atmosphere. Beverages a bit pricy, but not a rush to the bar. Great place to listen to music and watch the numerous swing-dancers...if... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

Last night, the swing band had patrons tapping toes and tumbling infectiously onto the dance floor, regardless of their proficiency - everyone was just on to have a good time, relaxed and accepting. Conveniently located in a small pedestrian alley in the Quartier Latin, near a variety of touristy stores and restaurants, the Caveau offers cheap drinks, albeit with a... More 

2 Thank Sarosh K
Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

I was in this jazz bar 25 years ago and when I visited last week nothing has been changed since. Elen Birath and the Shadow Cats was the group playing swing, bebop and big bang like music of 30s to 60s. Mustafa visit when in Paris.

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As the bustling center of entertainment for the residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just next door and the prototypical terraced French brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this area is second to none; the Haussmann-style boulevards are contrasted by monumental architecture and overshadowed by the iconic Notre Dame, all within a moment’s walk from the Seine. This neighborhood's world-famous bookshops, cafés, and streets will not fail to impress you.
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