Ground Control Paris, the free and curious pop-up bar is back in spring 2017

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Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Caroline J. · Updated on 3 July 2017 at 16h10 · Published on 17 May 2017 at 12h28
After Grand Train in 2016 brace yourself because Ground Control Paris - the famous free and curious pop-up bar - is back. In 2015 it was set at the foot of a former train warehouse. This spring Ground Control Paris 2017 is about to be set up in a new place, tucked in the 12th arrondissement and from May 18...

Last summer many tourists and Parisians have chilled in Grand Train bars, restaurants and playgrounds. This pop-up bar had then settled in the 18th arrondissement within a railroad depot.

From May to October 2016 Parisians and tourists could enjoy this 6,000 m² space displaying bars, restaurants and about twenty locomotives.

After setting up in 2014 near La Cité de La Mode et Du Design and in 2015 in the 18th arrondissement within the SNCF's former railroad depot in La Chapelle, this year Grand Train becomes Ground Control Paris again - the famous free, curious and ephemeral bar and living space.

Ground Control 2017 à Paris

For over three months the most curious visitors have rushed through the various alleys of this ephemeral space in order to enjoy concerts, restaurants and bars but also a barber shop, a bike shed, markets, exhibitions... and a 2,000 m² field to garden!

Good news! Ground Control is back in Paris with a new address opening on Thursday May 18, 2017! Let's meet at the Halle Charolais terrace, a secret space belonging to SNCF Immobilier within walking distance from the Gare de Lyon.

Ground Control 2017 à Paris

You can discover the new venue at the 81 Rue de Charolais in the 12th arrondissement, the pop-up terrace is likely to gather a lot of people all summer long.

On the menu? You will chill on an open-air 1,500-square meter terrace with DJ sets, Fermes de Gally's kitchen gardens, gardening workshops and solarium to get a tan, producers' market, 6 food-service points set in the RATP's trains and buses so you will be safe from the rain if it decides to come, and 3 refreshment areas to quench your thirst.

Ground Control 2017 à Paris

Be sure to remember that this time, Ground Control will give organic farming the pride of place with a selection of very refreshing drinks.

Finally an paying system app will be available just like during festivals to make your life easier!

Ground Control 2017 à Paris


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Ground Control 2017 à Paris


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Ground Control 2017 à Paris

On May 18 to 21, Ground Control will organize an inaugural weekend.

Practical information:
Ground Control 2017 (in French)
Opening May 18, 2017
Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
81 rue de Charolais, 75012 Paris
Official Facebook Page (in French)

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 May 2017 to 30 September 2017



    81 Rue du Charolais
    75012 Paris 12

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