At first sight Le Pompon may seem like another hipster’s chapel, but in fact this place really was once a synagogue. Now behind these former holy gates you’ll encounter a bohemian, wood-paneled bar and basement club founded by Charaf Tajer from the Pain o Chokolat collective, who also run the Pigalle clothing store and are responsible for organizing some of Paris’ most raucous block parties.
The bar is a beautiful, vintage institution with friendly barmen who keep it old school with their impressive mastery of bottle tossing. Downstairs, the club and smoking room radiate a granny style ambiance, with a dancefloor chock-full of swinging kids. Guest DJs play out ’90s hip-hop centric mixes and occasional appearances from live bands keep the program fresh. The atmosphere can get wild on the weekends when the pokey dancefloor gets particularly sweaty. The only downside is that the parties stop early with a strict closing time of 2:00am; the regular pack of revelers understandably never want to leave.