Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
Though it looks the part from the outside with its pavement heaters and terrace tables, The Pigs offers far more than your traditional Parisian café. The interior too is familiar, with its wooden café tables and chairs, the various parts of a pig cheekily outlined on the back wall and the occasional cute pig ornament to be spotted. It’s the drinks that mark this place out as something more adventurous than other cafes of its kind. The owner previously worked at David Lynch’s super-trendy Club Silencio so you should already be expecting something slightly different, something slightly off-beat and The Pigs does not disappoint. The compact cocktail list features novelties such as cuttlefish ink on its list of ingredients, plenty of fresh house-made syrups, and there’s a very well-stocked back bar of high-end spirits. The cocktail list is written out on a chalk board for you to peruse: try The Pig (including bacon-infused whisky very thematically appropriate and absinthe), the gin-based Pigs Garden, or if you’re after something quirky, how can you resist ordering a drink called a Pigito? Prices aren’t too bad by Parisian standards, either, so why not try a couple? Bar snacks are solid rather than spectacular though the homemade rillettes are tasty and they do a good value happy hour where both drinks and food are on offer. This is not the place to order off-piste, as the bar tenders would much rather you stuck to the menu but the original drinks are exciting and inventive, certainly more creative than you might immediately expect from first impressions of the place.