"To us, who frequented Bricktop's and the Bal Nègre in the Rue Blomet, there was nothing particularly remarkable in the spectacle"
Ada 'Bricktop' Smith
Public DomainAda 'Bricktop' Smith - Credit: Carl Van Vechten

Chez Bricktop was a nightclub on the rue Pigalle in Paris, in existence between 1924 and 1961. It was owned by the legendary American singer and dancer Ada Smith (1894-1984) whose nickname was Bricktop because of her red hair.


Le Bal Nègre was a dance hall on the rue Blomet in Montparnasse. Initially a gathering place for immigrants from Martinique, it became a popular venue for black people from colonial countries and from the U.S.A.