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Le Clown Bar. Photo: Jerôme Galland

Le Clown Bar. Photo: Jerôme Galland

Le Clown Bar. Photo: Jerôme Galland

Le Clown Bar. Photo: Jerôme Galland

Address 114 rue Amelot; 75011 Paris
between rues Oberkampf and Crussol
Neighbourhood 11th Arrondissement – République, Haut Marais | See on map
Metro Filles du Calvaire [M8], Oberkampf [M5, M9]
Telephone +33 1 43 55 87 35
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/CLOWN-BAR-PARIS/1443072882610254
Price EUR 30-50
Hours Wed-Sun 12-14:30, 18:30-23:30

Located next to the Cirque d’Hiver, Le Clown Bar has always been a popular spot to drop in for a bite and drink, either before or after one of the arena’s many spectacles and shows. It’s always had charm in spades with its quaint, circus-themed decor, while the kitchen was passable at best. Until now.

Taken over by a team that includes Sven Chartier and Ewen Le Moigne from Saturne and with chef Sota Atsumi picked up from Vivant, the historical bistro has turned into a real gastro hotspot. It serves up a produce-focused small plate menu that’s changed often, dictated by what’s in season and available on the day. It’s tasty and accessible, though you may want help to navigate the selection of natural wines on offer.

The place has also been spruced up, the vintage setting updated with sleek contemporary furnishings, and spread outside. Terrace space on this hip street is more coveted on warmer days than a hung top on Grindr, attracting plenty of non-foodies and ensuring an equal amount of selfies and #foodporn Instagrams. Time to overcome your fear of red noses.