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New Jersey, New Jersey
September 14, 2005
From journal Spring Break in Europe - Paris
by Truly Malin
New York, New York
May 25, 2003
Inside, it was hard not to gawk like a tourist. Le Barrio is dessert for the eyes, a four-layer cake of interior decorating magic. A stunning wrought iron stair railing designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, THAT Eiffel) draws the eye up through four floors decked out with low sexy leather banquettes, intimate tables, and the sound of clinking glasses. Extravagant fabrics cover classic loveseats and ottomans in bordello reds and burnt oranges. Feeling like actresses on a movie set in ‘40s Rio, we drifted up the stairs, pausing to glance over the balustrades at the seething mass of bodies dancing on the ground floor. The place is packed to bursting on weekends, but on this Tuesday evening there was room on the upper levels to stretch out, play pool, or order a drink without having to scream. Not being nineteen, dressed to the nines, or Latina, we did not get as far as the private elevator to the VIP-only fourth floor, which reportedly requires a key to get in.
Soon enough, the infectious music drew us back to the tightly-packed dance floor. Arms waving, music pounding, we forgot all about our jobs, bills, children. Anne-Sophie’s minivan was a private jet and we were heiresses on holiday in Havana. We were young, we were elegant, we were … rudely interrupted as a muscular dynamo clutching a cordless mike bounded onto the dance floor and the obnoxious strains of "Follow the leader, leader, leader" blasted into the room. The dancers lined up in rows behind their "instructor" and began mimicking his every move. We were trapped in the middle of a Franco-Latino Electric Slide! The crowd went wild – but we jaded Americans edged our way back to the bar and pouted. I mean, we didn’t fly all the way to Paris to take a salsa aerobics class!
Drinks: Expensive (7-8 euros!)
Food: Not worth it!
Cover: None on weeknights
Overall Rating: Go, if only to see Monsieur Eiffel’s beautiful ironwork!
From journal Paris: Les Copines d'Abord
January 4, 2002
From journal Paris for a weekend