EXCLUSIVE | Paris: Where to Play/Meet Part Two
By Joe Okonkwo | AN OUTTRAVELER.COM EXCLUSIVE
The following bars are some of the more popular "sex" bars, meaning that while not only cruisey, there are areas for sex in the establishment (sometimes it's the whole establishment in itself), usually referred to as "les backrooms."
If you're dining in the 10th arrondissement, check out the popular and cruisy Caf? Moustache (138, rue du Faubourg St. Martin, 10e; +33-1-46-07-72-70) just below the Gare de l'Est. Catering to a mature crowd, it's a little bit leather, a little bit bear, and without a doubt, quite virile. It has a cast of regulars, although newcomers are welcome. Backroom and cabins in the back.
L'Impact (18 rue Greneta,2; +33-1-42-21-94-24) is a raunchy naked bar that gets so heated up, there's no adjective in French or English to describe it. The upstairs is a bar area where people do find the time to get down and dirty, but the real action is in the basement where there are slings, military nettings, places to tie up your new friends, and an oversized bed. Clothes go in carefully guarded garbage bags at the vestiare, and you pay at the end. There's even a smoking room for those who don't feel comfortable going outside naked in the middle of les Halles.
Another popular naked bar (bar naturiste) is Entre 2 Eaux (45 rue de la Folie M?ricourt, Paris 11; +33-1-43-57-76-46). Unlike l'Impact, there is no backroom, just some alcoves and a few couches. An added bonus is the numerous dildoes of all shapes and sizes available for sale and the convivial nature of some of the regulars. This bar gets started around the time that people leave work, although some days there are "lunch specials."
Le D?pot (10, rue aux Ours, 4e +33-1-44-54-96-96) is open 16 hours a day, and the 12 EUR entrance fee gives you access to a bar and disco on two different levels, and the basement level boasts the status of largest backroom in Paris, and perhaps all of Europe (hold on to your wallet). Walls are painted black, and there's a labyrinth of tiny rooms, cabins and two pitch-black rooms. Ropes, chains and other devices dangle suggestively throughout the complex. Women are not allowed in the backroom area. Sundays, Le D?pot hosts a very popular tea dance, and Friday is Arab-men-and-their-friends night.
Le Mic Man (24 rue Geoffroy Langevin, 4e; +33-1-42-74-39-80) is a fun and friendly bar that happens to have a backroom and video station in the basement. The clients are of all ages, shapes, and style. The downstairs is not the cleanest place, but it's a fairly interesting visit.
Deep (80 quai de l'H?tel de Ville, 4e; +33-1-42-78-88-49) was recently renovated to make the tired bar area into sort of a dance club. Since its reopening, the live DJ shows along with strippers have proven somewhat popular. The downstairs labyrinth hasn't changed, still containing a maze, sling, darkroom and other goodies; the upstairs contains cabins and videos. Women are not allowed into the cruising area, but the club area can be fun for a while.