In 1956, Brigitte BARDOT became an international phenomenon in ROGER VADIM’S movie “Et Dieu créa la femme.” SAINT TROPEZ, a beautiful fishing port known only to a select few, suddenly drew a new young and wealthy crowd EDOUARD and FRANCOIS-JOSEPH MALORTIGUE, on their way back from Indochina, bought a small patch of land near the Saint Tropez harbor.
In 1962, the two brothers DOUDOU and FRANGY created the PAPAGAYO and it’s Bodega. Success was immediate! The club floor was home to many future French music stars. The memories of the summer spent at SAINT TROPEZ by CLAUDE FRANCOIS inspired the famous song :
A few years later, FRANGY MALORTIGUE added a smaller and more selective club : “Les Allongés ” where guests could have a drink while enjoying the music, lying on comfortable sofas until the end of the night.
On the terrace, which offers the best view in ST TROPEZ of the harbor, the village and the church, celebrities from the "Nouvelle Vague", intellectuals and artistes, gathered to meet. At PAPAGAYO, it was as easy to meet the “SALUT LES COPAINS” gang as it was to see the famous sociologist EDGAR MORIN, and as easy to bump into EDDY BARCLAY as the famous novelist FRANCOISE SAGAN, JOHNNY HALLYDAY or PICASSO.
In May ’68, some Parisian refugees even raised some barricades there ! The atmosphere was filled with “joie de vivre” ! Marriages were begun, others were ended…! Carefree summers followed, and this is the feeling one has at PAPAGAYO
During the 1970s, the legend of PAPAGAYO was maintained by FRANGY MALORTIGUE, nicknamed “The Chinaman” because of the kimonos he wore and his long pipe. The near-mythic PAPAGAYO still draws more and more people due to its international renown.
The 1980s signaled the start of a new era. Little by little, the nightlife universe beings to be affected by the anglo-saxon influence. It’s the end of the disco wave… Even though Saint Tropez gave birth to many more clubs, the PAPAGAYO remains a beacon of Tropezian nights.
In the 1990s, the era of groups and orchestras was over. They gave way, little by little, to DJs. Since the beginning of this new genre, the PAPAGAYO, moving with the times, became the choice club for new musical personalities. In his late 70s, FRANGY MALORTIGUE finally semi-retired.
Today, just before it’s 50th anniversary, the PAPAGAYO, still in the hands of the MALORTIGUE family, is a real institution both in SAINT TROPEZ and internationally.. Many generations have created memories here, some say they met the love of their life, others speak of unforgettable nights… The new generation at PAPAGAYO is composed of an eclectic clientele and the club’s success is undeniable. As always at PAPAGAYO, everyone can have a good time at any hour of the day or night.
True to it’s legend, PAPAGAYO is characterized by its open-to-all style, where the clients select themselves and “party” is the key word.
From all around the world, people come as they always have to HAVE A GOOD TIME and to find the response to this question: