La Maroquinerie named best venue in Paris

News - Published: 14 December 2012

After two weeks of voting you, the readers, have picked a clear winner…

La Maroquinerie, 23 Rue Boyer, 75020

La Maroquinerie, 23 Rue Boyer, 75020

It was a hotly contested poll with over 4,000 votes tallied but our deserved winner lead the pack from the start: La Maroquinerie may not have had a fancy refurb and played host to The Rolling Stones but with almost 10% of the vote it is definitely your venue of 2012!

After two weeks and 4,099 votes, here’s how the top 10 finished:

1st – La Maroquinerie – 388 votes (9.47%)
2nd – Le Trabendo – 301 votes (7.34%)
3rd – Point Ephémère 273 votes (6.66%)
4th – Espace B 209 votes (5.10%)
5th – La Cigale 206 votes (5.03%)
6th – Le Trianon 192 votes (4.68%)
7th – La Fléche D’or 180 votes (4.39%)
8th – La Gaité Lyrique 161 votes (3.93%)
9th – Le Bataclan 156 votes (3.81)
10th – Glaz’art 151 votes (3.68%)

L’International, Café de la Danse, Divan du Monde, L’Olympia, Pop In, Le Motel all received over 100 votes each but just missed out on the top ten.

As I write, La Maroquinerie is clearing up after hosting yet another sold out show, this time with Foals, the venue’s other highlights this year included: Amanda Palmer, Ben Kweller, Concrete Knives, Toy, Do Make Say Think, Why?, The Dodoz, The Jim Jones Revue, Kimya Dawson, Boy, The Temper Trap, Lee Ranaldo, Washed Out, Friends, Electric Guest, Sharon Van Etten, Django Django, Beach House, Shearwater, Andrew W.K., The Lemonheads, Das Racist, Mina Tindle, Lambchop, Lee Fields, Battant, The Maccabees, Howe Gelb, tUnE-yArDs, Dirty Beaches, Two Gallants, The War on Drugs, Hanni El Khatib, Childish Gambino, Chairlift and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Aside from the bands who play there, here are some of the reasons we like La Maroquinerie:

- Tickets for the venue tend to cost between 15-25euros which by Paris standards is very competitive.
- Although it can get hot and sweaty, La Maroquinerie’s small amphitheatre layout often means good acoustics/atmosphere.
- There are some areas with a restricted view but for the most part the crowd can see the whole stage
- The venue adapts well to a variety of acts, creating an intimate atmosphere for acoustic shows and a sweat-pit for those dirty indie gigs.
- The courtyard is a top spot for a cheeky drink/cigarette before, during and after the show.
- Drinks prices are not over the top (around 3e for a glass of wine) and there’s a second bar down stairs near to the stage where you can buy drinks in between acts.
- Good food.
- It’s located in a fairly trendy but not too ‘Bobo’ part of the 20eme, next door to La Bellevilloise and not far from La Fléche D’or.

A big thank you to all of the Paris venues who helped make 2012 such a good year for live music in the city with a special mention to Espace B who were the only ‘small’ venue to break the top five, this is a credit to their ability to regularly put on high quality bands at relatively cheap prices.

Thank you to those who spotted we missed Batofar, New Morning and Le 114 from the list – they will be added for 2013.