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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: Quentin Tarantino fans will immediately track where Le Titty Twister got its name, and it’s worth noting that this is no strip joint, though dancers from the neighboring Lido have been known to hop up onto the bar.
The latest concept from the impresario behind the Man Ray, this loft-like club riffs on the louche air of a Fifties-era saloon, housing a smoking room with a billiard table and pinball machines, a dedicated shot bar and vintage pieces like an old New York subway turnstile. The house style is pop-rock with attitude: One neon sign reads “too weird to live, too rare to die.”
While there is no door policy, director Fabrice Alan notes that “artistic style, a sense of theater and good energy” are key to joining the beautiful crowd inside.
There’s a whole different New York state of mind in play at the Belmont, with its airy, industrial-meets-flea market feel, custom-made banquettes and unconventional (for Paris) vibe.
Helmed by Alfred Bernardin, the man behind the Café Renoma’s revival, the Belmont occupies what was once the vast Christian Audigier showroom and specializes in a multiculti menu that swings from sliders and cheesecake to tapas, burratas, woks and back again. But it has already caught on for its 20-euro ($27) R&B brunch on weekends; 44 house cocktails starting at 10 euros ($13), and a half-price happy hour that starts at 6 p.m.
Le Titty Twister
5 Rue de Berri, 75008
Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
86 Rue Réaumur, 75002
Open daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; closed Sunday evenings.
— Tina Isaac