My Gay Paris: The Eagle Has Landed Four Years On

It might only have celebrated its fourth birthday last week, but Paris gay bar the Eagle has certainly managed to ruffle a few feathers since it opened back in 2008.

The slightly provocative name might give you something of an idea of what to expect—especially if you’ve visited an Eagle in New York or London. To be clear, there’s no connection with this Eagle and the others (at least as far as we know) but the style is very much the same, ranging from cruisey to downright sleazy.

Now a firm favourite on the Marais party circuit, it has two very distinct areas with two very distinct atmospheres. Upstairs, on the main level, is a friendly bar area which doesn’t differ too much from some of the other gay venues in the neighbourhood, though there is a strict men-only policy and you’re a lot less likely to hear campy music. The other visitors, though, are what you’d expect from a bar which has plenty of space to play in the dark room downstairs …

Things are a little more exciting downstairs, though, where you can find darkrooms, a maze, cages and more. We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you what you’ll find down there, but we’re happy to report that they keep a very clean house!

We hear the fourth birthday party was a blast, and we wish the Eagle well in the future!

WHAT: The Eagle Bar
WHERE: 33 bis, rue des Lombards, métro Châtelet (or walk from the Marais)
WHEN: every night til late

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