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Sunday, June 14 2009

Guinness Tavern

Tavern My favorite beers are definitely Guinness, and I don't know for others country but, sadly, here in France not every bar serves Guinness. Anyway don't worry anymore (if you ever started to ;) ) I'll give you the address of one of my favorite places to drink Guinness in Paris, and it's called : the Guinness Tavern !

It's a nice pub in the center of Paris where you can drink Guinness (as well as 14 other beers) and listen to music (usually played by a live band !!!). The musical style is definitely "rock" from the 60's to nowadays so you may end up singing out loud with the bands because you know all the songs ;)

Well, I know their website looks a "little" messy but make no mistake : the pub itself is spick and span, and this website is useful as you'll find there which bands are planned when, the dates of their next "special theme nights" and, of course, their address :

31, rue des Lombards
Metro Chatelet RER Les Halles
75001 PARIS

Monday, October 6 2008

The Hideout

TavernAs you should know by now there are many pubs and "cafés" in Paris. Some even say there are more than one for each Parisian ;) But yet I haven't talked to you about any of them in Particular. I shall then start by one of my favorite night pub : The "HideOut Odéon" !

First of all its location : 32 rue Dauphine (Dauphine street) in the 6th quarter of Paris. If you remember well what I learned you in the previous posts you should know it's not far from the Latin Quarter (a great area to party) as it's in the 6th quarter. What you may not know is that it's near the river Seine, near the "Pont Neuf" bridge (one of the coolest bridge in Paris according to me), and near "Notre Dame" cathedrale (quite nice to see at night). So to say the least : it's very well located. Moreover it's easy to reach as there are two different lines of métro going there : 4 and 10 (station "Odéon" )

Now the pub itself ! It's a pub, and people are here to have fun and party together, therefore : the music is loud, and you should expect to meet new people :) About the music it's just what you listen at home :) ! Seriously ! long as you are French ;) If you're not French you may hear a couple of songs you don't know, but don't worry, there are still a lot of ACDC, Rolling Stones, ... What about the drinks will you tell me ? I strongly advise you to take beers :) ! The HideOut really looks like a pub, or an old tavern, so beers are definitely the good choice :) (and the cheapest choice, they have 50cl beers at only 3,50€ !!!). If you are such an alcohol lover that beers are too light for, you no problem : they have cocktails (may I suggest rum based cocktails ?)

So, here's the summing up : well located, good ambiance, cheap beverage, good music...All good :) ! Well, not exactly all good. There are some minors drawbacks. The worst of all : it's damn warm in there :( The place is quite small, and often almost crowded, so it's really hot...Second drawback : the music is cool, but loud (as I told you earlier), so you may have troubles speaking with your friends (the ones you went there with, and the ones you'll meet there ;) ). Put aside those drawbacks I highly recommend it (and last bonus point, for smokers : there is a room at the back of the pub for smokers, so you don't have to go smoking outside like in every other pub in Paris, highly appreciable when it's rainy :) )

Wednesday, August 27 2008

Beers !

Tonight I feel like talking a bit about beers :) ! I’ve heard that the most famous one in the US is Budweiser, in China it’s Tsing Tao, in Ireland it’s (of course) Guinness, and so on and so forth. But do you know which beer we drink here in France ;) ? Well if you don’t you’ll know soon (and it may save your life if you plan to have a trip in France someday because you will definitely not find ant Bud around here :) ). Of course, everything down this line is, as usual, MY view on things and some other frenchy may thing otherwise but I do believe i’m not far from truth ;)

Well, first of all there’s the kind of beer you’ll find cheap almost everywhere. You know what kind of beer I’m talking about : the ones you drink because they are cool and cheap but don’t really taste fantastic :

Kronenbourg Beer Here is the Kronenbourg. Certainly the best selling beer in France (at least, that's what wikipedia says, so if wikipedia agrees with me...that must be true :D ). You'll find this one everywhere and cheap, but do not expect a really tasty beer ;) Oh by the way, that's a French beer (honestly, before reading the wikipedia page about it I'd have said it was a german beer :D That’s quite a cliché we have in France : we believe that almost every beers are from Germany or Belgium and that you can guess only knowing how the name sounds ;) )

Heineken Beer The next ont you'll find almost everywhere two is the Heineken. Damn, one again I was wrong thinking this was a german beer : it's from the Netherlands (I'm definitely learning things tonight !). Same profile as the Kro : cheap :)

Knowing those two you're sure know at least one beer in every French bar you'll go :) But if i were you, I'd rather try one of the followings :

1664 Beer The 1664, quite cheap two, but (according to me) just a bit tastier than the previous ones :) (again wikipedia learns me something : French beer, I'd have said Belgium :) ) It's taste is quite original, so either you like it, or you hate it, you've been warned, don't go complaining if you've bought it and disliked it ;)

Bavaria 86 Beer The well known 86 (real name Bavaria 86, usual name : 8 pause 6 ). Why is this one well known ? Long story short : the cheapest with so much alcohol in it ;) (That's why you'll mainly see it in the hands of bums or young people wanting to get hot before the party ). Anyhow it's worth trying, its taste is somehow special (and quite good actually) :)

Now we’re done with the "common stuff", let's introduce some more !

The Leffe (this one is from Belgium !) is a very common one. I’d say it’s the most common if you don’t want a classical kro or heineken ;) ! I personally really like this one :)

The Peleforth is quite known two (and that’s the first non-blond beer in this post ;) It was high time). Even though I don’t like this one, it’s quite popular in France.

The Grimbergen (again from Belgium ;) ) which is quite the same “spirit” as the Leffe, but the taste is way softer. I do like this one :p

The Guinness, my favorite !! The original Irish dry stout ! Damn tasty ^^ ! But quite expensive though, and you won't find it everywhere :( (it's often replaced by the Beamish which is a good beer, but not a Guinness )

With all those you know what is mainly sold in France :) I know I’ve been quite fast in the end, sorry about that, I may modify this article a bit latter to add the pictures lacking and some more text :)

Anyhow do not hesitate to add a comment saying which country you are from and which beer you like !

I’ll just end this post with some more beers you may enjoy : Ch’ti (from France), Delirium Tremens (from Belgium as far as I know), “Pecheresse” (sounds like a French one to me ), 33 export (no idea :) ), Chimay (great one from Belgium, but watch out it’s 9% ;) ), …