Perhaps because wine plays such an important role here in France's culture, the cocktail culture was a long time in coming. But when it arrived, in the late 2000s, it arrived with a bang. The outpost that garnered the majority of the spotlight at first was, of course, the Experimental Cocktail Club, opened in this neighborhood, on one of the tiny sidestreets that snake throughout the Montorgueil district. On the heels of its wild success, several more opened up nearby, namely Jefrey's Bar à Cocktail just down the street and more recently, the cult fave, Lockwood, which is located now on rue d'Aboukir, marking the fringes of the neighborhood. The relative new-comer on the scene, Club RaYé already draws a loyal following, especially for their Wednesday open Mic nights. So bring your singing voice when you stop by for a cocktail.
In addition to the bars answering the call of the cocktail craze, any balmy evening that invites you to walk along the pedestrian only rue Montorgueil will also have you inadvertently participating in the sidewalk revelry of cafés, wine bars, and bistros whose patrons overflow onto the sidewalk seating in order to better enjoy the many street performers passing by. This is a very lively area full of boisterous good vibes. It's also a fairly young crowd but that's not to say that there are only students here. It's a residential district as well so lots of local color is to be found when you make your rounds here.
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