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Le Caveau de la Huchette

#8 of 431 Nightlife in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Odeon / Saint-Michel
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Address: 5 rue de la Huchette, 75005 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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Amazingly fun night of dancing!!

Great jazz place in the basement of an ancient building on the Left Bank just across the river from Notre Dame. I went there late at night and found an eclectic mix of young and... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Brendan K
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great jazz place in the basement of an ancient building on the Left Bank just across the river from Notre Dame. I went there late at night and found an eclectic mix of young and older people dancing and having a great time as the band pumped out fun beats.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Great venue with a basement like Ali Baba cavern😉. Good jazz bands. Dancing area. Fairly mature/senior audience.

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

I spent five nights in Paris and spent three of them here. That's how much fun this place is. The music was good each night, but it's the experience that makes it so special. The cave is indeed cave-like. You descend narrow stairs to the room. Get there early if you want a seat. The drinks are pricey, but I... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

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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Reviewed 9 February 2017

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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Reviewed 4 January 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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Reviewed 30 December 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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Reviewed 25 November 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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Reviewed 15 November 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 

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Reviewed 12 November 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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