The rules are simple: don’t exchange phone numbers or ask if your partner wants to see you again. Conversations start off with what’s your ID number and your name?Many guys want to know your age or where you come from.
Les Salons du Louvre, a trendy loft-bar a few meters from the museum of the same name, is packed with beautiful, jet-setting Parisians in their late twenties and thirties.
Basking in a red glow, they’re chatting away, enjoying the buffet and sipping all-you-can-drink champagne that’s available from seven until nine.
In half an hour, they’ll be dancing like it’s midnight. That’s the idea of the afterwork: you head there straight from the office, enjoy a good dose of partying, and you come home early for a good night’s sleep to be fresh and disposed for a day at the office the next morning.
Fabien, a 28-year-old suit-clad financial advisor, awaits his friend to return with a refill of champagne.
I met a graphic designer and a firefighter amongst others.
Thanks to the drink included in the ten-euro entrance fee, I was relaxed.
We’re moved to the back end of the bar, to a long, rectangular C-shaped couch.
Everyone is given an identification number to give to every partner.
After the session, participants head back to the bar to chat with those they found interesting.