We had to be sold on Clown Bar. Not because we doubted the food would be good at this restaurant housed in a historic space from the early 1900s, but because the name sounds like the theme from a sweaty nightmare. A room full of clowns and alcohol? Hard pass.
Then again, we did have to be sold on the idea of yet another restaurant in Paris serving small plates of modern French food and natural wines, because after a while, how do you even tell them apart? But Clown Bar is better than almost any other restaurant serving this kind of food in town. And despite the presence of those smiling evil jesters on the tiles of the restaurant, it's a fun and lively space worthy of your time.