Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Café Baroc

Café Baroc. Don't ask me what that painting of George Washington is doing there.

7, Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris (Map)
Phone: 01 48 87 61 30
Métro: Saint Paul

Café Baroc is a cute little bar in the Marais, and honestly the main reason I became familiar with it is because it's often where my friends and I go when the Politburo right down the street is overcrowded or mysteriously closed, both of which seem to happen a lot. (Update: The Politburo is now gone all together! Shucks!) Anyway, Baroc has a great, friendly, laid back ambiance, and I like the cute and quirky decor: warm colors, soft lighting, strange old fold-down movie theater seats, weird vintage artwork on the walls and laminated onto the tables (neat!), etc; it's a bit of quaint old artsy Paris mixed with modern gay hipster Paris. The barman often brings us a little dish of gummi candies for some reason, which I think is a great touch! The bar, and indeed the whole neighborhood of the Marais, is very gay-friendly. And unlike the Politburo, you can get a decent glass of wine here, which is a big plus for me!