A Conversation for Expatriate Bars in Paris, France
Andy R.... East London, Guitar, Cider, Europe, Ponds, Usenet, China Started conversation Dec 13, 2001
The Mazet was very closed when I passed by earlier this year (2001). How sad. I was a regular there during the early seventies when it became the centre of activities for musicians of the busking scene, after drifting up the road from the Cafe des Arts, which is now a creperie or restaurant.
That's where I bought my guitar in fact! An english guy had brought it over from America in order to make a few bob and I needed a decent new one because my Yamaha had been stolen from underneath the pinball machine.
In those days the Mazet was just an ordinary bar/café, run by Georges
but then it started to specialise in late night drinking and speciality beers. I just used to drink coffee in the morning before going out to sing and then come back with some money in the afternoon to see who else was around and have a beer. It was one of the few bars that was musician-friendly, in that we could change up all our small coins and play guitars inside as well as in the street outside in the evenings.
aliashell Posted Apr 16, 2002
I was back in Paris the other week and I am sorry to say that they have now changed the Le Mazet into another generic Irish / English bar replete with wooden furniture and very probably a stack of yardbrushes somewhere.
A sad loss.
Andy R.... East London, Guitar, Cider, Europe, Ponds, Usenet, China Posted May 25, 2002
I've just been going through a load of old material that I wrote in the 70s and 80s and there is a song about the Café Mazet amongst it.
aliashell Posted Jun 21, 2002
alfhound Posted Jan 17, 2005
Hi! Just a word (shit) to let you know there's a Mazet nostalgia site that's just gone online, take a look at http://mazonline.free.fr i know they're looking for articles, pics and members.Could work out to be fun.
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