In the district of Saint-Germain, in a populated area of restaurants and bars, is Chez Georges, is a cocktail bar that is authentic and frequented by a large population of Parisians but increasingly more tourists or Erasmus students come. The dominant drink is red wine and especially: hot wine (vin chaud), with spices (clove, cinnamon) and orange peel. The entire atmosphere is always very French despite the tourists. Usually they play French music and it is not uncommon to hear Edith Piaf under the vaulted stone cellar bar where people are always dancing.
This Irish pub style bar, run by the French, is located in a suburb of Paris known for its young student population. It is close to the universities of the Sorbonne and Jussieu in what is called the "Latin Quarter". Besides having many types of beer, no features are particularly Irish, but if it is well known that there you can watch soccer featuring the Spanish team when they play in the Champions League. They have a large flat screen with good resolution.
Baroudeur is a word that means backpacking adventure. This bar is located in front of the North Station, next to several hotels and restaurants. Sit yourself on the Indiana Jones hat on the facade. Awell decorated original, adventurous environment. You eat well and it is not expensive, much better than restaurants in the North Station. Easy to find, convenient for meeting friends since RER B, line 7, 5, 2, 4 are close, and there are many buses. The food is a mix of French dishes and some international food. There is a good selection of drinks and cocktails with a few originals. Good presentation and good service.
This Tolbiac neighborhood, next to the National Library of France, is very modern, and slightly impersonal. But the Frog & British Library pub is very inviting with its wooden decor, comfortable chairs and soft lighting. You can choose one of their homemade beers, from four types of beer, and in either a glass or jug, ie a little more than two liters, I think for 22 euros. Since the place closes early, it's good to go when you finish the day rather than in the middle of the night. The music is good, and it is always busy, but not too much. The food seems a bit expensive, English pub food, such as hamburgers, fish and chips, steak, and small plates of stuffed potatoes or fried potato skin. Most of the staff are English, Australian or American.
Go especially during the "happy hour". This bar is located near the Boulevard de l'Hôpital, and is one of the cheapest bars! Syrups which you add to your beer are the speciality. Personally I suggest chocolate or bubble gum flavor! Young and dynamic staff, and the customers, the same.
I did not like The Hideout at all. We walked in and walked out two minutes later. The guy at the door was very unpleasant. I don't remember what I asked him, but he replied very rudely. The signs in the place all are telling you to "be quiet" or "go smoke further away'.
They have the cheapest beer in the neighbourhood (about 2.50 euro for a half litre) thats why the place is packed. The music is very loud, it's a little bit of everything, but it's hard to talk.
They're open until 2:00am during the week and until 5:00am on the weekend.
The Frog & Princess is an English pub bar on princesse street, in the neighborhood of Saint Germain des Prés. I like the atmosphere and the music, but if you want to eat it is difficult to get a table. Most of the dishes are a little pricey, I had a cheeseburger, for 13 euros, and it was nothing special, though paired with a good beer. My favorite of their homemade beers was the ginger beer, fresh and with a twist, similar to a beer with lemon. The entrees of this restaurant are very small but you can order 6 euro snacks, like tapas. The waitress was foreign and hard to understand when she spoke French. But I got along well with her. Most people dance a little, and come from the offices around. Happy hour until eight.
Escorpiao is a Portuguese pub in the village of Savigny sur Orge. On the outskirts of Paris there's a large Portuguese community that settled in France in the 50's and 60's, but whose children still have a great love for Portuguese music and culture. Admission is free, but you have to leave your stuff at reception and they do charge you for it. The drinks are quite expensive, there are Portuguese wines and beers from 5 euros per bottle. On Friday and Saturday they play all the best Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian music. It gets very crowded starting around 10 p.m., and it closes around 2 a.m., it's not a disco. It does not serve food.
Megalo is a small friendly bar in the Bastille neighborhood, located across the street from Lappe, a semi pedestrian street with lots of bars and restaurants. For Parisians the neighborhood is very popular for drinks and it's full every day of the week. They have a happy hour until 9 pm, pints of beer are 4 euros and cocktails are 5. There's a very good cocktail called the tetard which is a mixture of vodka and mint, a bit like a mojito but vodka based. The music is good but maybe it's a little loud to talk. I liked the decor, it's non-smoking, the servers were very friendly, we had happy hour prices all night and they gave us shots to leave.
Nicolas is a chain of stores that can be found in all area of Paris that sells very good wine at modest prices. Generally, the seller will advise you based on what you want and your budget. This store is essential for anyone who enjoys good wine. Feel free to shop around.
This is a bar and restaurant situated south of the Plaza de la Bastille. While the food looked good and at good prices, I just went to have a drink and a beer. It is a place that is probably very nice in the summer and can afford this kind of price, but in winter, the terrace has little heat, and if the inside is cozy, I prefer other bars around. The guy who took our order was friendly, but slow in coming. The food served is French, bistecas, lamb roast, mashed potatoes, seasonal soups, and found well presented.
Birdland Cafe is a pub on princesse street in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. The prices are quite high, as are the majority in the neighbourhood. Happy hour only lasts from 7 to 8 pm. I like the original decor and the atmosphere there. At the entrance check you out a bit but let in 99% of the people.
They have café jazz and you can see the schedule on their myspace page: Http :/ / www.Myspace.Com / birdlandcafe
People from the neighbourhood come here after work for a drink before heading out to the cinemas and theatres in the neighbourhood. They serve a basic dishes, plates of ham, cheeses, salads, etc. with fine wines from small producers. They make good cocktails too. On game nights, they organise an event around the rugby or football game, and have a late night party.
In Charonne Street, near the Rue de Lappe Paris. Very cheap, especially in the "Happy Hour", when beer costs 4 euros. The waiters are very friendly and served us at the table. I really like this bar because it is very affordable and simple compared to the others in Paris.
Located on the street of Rome 2 steps from the Gare Saint Lazare, Do Bar is like many bars of Paris, but its location makes it a very nice place if you want to have eat something while waiting for the train. A great point of this bar is that it shows all the games of great competitions, World Cups or European football, for example. You can also hire the bar privately if you want, any night of the week. The bar is run by 3 amiable brothers. The bar seats about 30-40 people, with tables and chairs (normal), and the drinks list includes beer, wine (be careful you don't get a hangover the next day!), Cocktails, champagne ... ! The bar closes at 2am, so it is visit before going out ...!
Canon Café des Gobelins is a traditional Parisian cafe, located at the corner of Avenue des Gobelins, and Boulevard Saint Marcel. It is a popular place among students from neighboring Sorbonne University, and those who frequent the surround the theaters and cinemas. It has outdoor terrace that is warm in winter. A la carte offers "brasserie" dishes ie croque monsieur, stuffed breads, sharing plates of ham or cheese, and a large selection of wines and beers to accompany. It is a rather expensive, as are most of the great cafes in the neighborhood, but go to try an authentic Parisian cafe. Smoking is prohibited.
Chez Felix is a Mouffetar Street bar that's decorated a little differently from traditional bars. It's in the medieval quarter and stands out for its modern, distinct atmosphere. It's a small and before its renovation was a mythical place of the Rue Mouffetard as it was a cabaret. You can now lounge in an atmosphere mixed with one part restaurant and the basement is a cellar with stone walls and nights of Electro, Jazz, House, etc. If you're hungry late at night they serve food till 4 am on weekends. The good thing is that you can get a snack at 7 pm, then you go to the other room to eat and you end up dancing until the early hours of the morning. You don't have to move and in a neighborhood where parking costs this is a plus!
James Joyce is an Irish pub in Paris. It's a bit strange because it has all the décor, the black facade with golden letters, but at the same time you're in the heart of the rich and business of Paris, surrounded by large hotels. The James Joyce offers a good selection of beers (a little expensive), Guinness on tap and special beers available for limited time. There is a good atmosphere, people from 35-45 years dressed in suit and tie, stopping by to grab a beer after work. They sometimes have concerts and parties such as for Saint Patrick's Day, March 17.
A true Parisian bar to experience the real Paris. It has a good atmosphere,with great coffee, bohemians and lovers alike. And what is best, not succumb within the typical multinational chains decoration make everything equal to the length and breadth of our blessed planet . It's worth stopping by for a drink ...