Posts tagged Happy Hour

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For those of you that have seen the movie Taken, rue de Paradis in Paris’s 10th district is where all the bad stuff happens. Well, in real life, it’s actually a pretty snazzy street with some nice restaurants and bars. Ok, so I get that it’s not the BEST neighborhood at night and all, but for Parisians, let’s be honest, it’s a hotspot. The whole Strasbourg Saint Denis area with its weird pockets of sketch but still awesome places to go out… it’s like a big melting pot. And rue de Paradis has a bar I happen to really like: L’Ours, or The Bear.

L’Ours after work is crowded. But if you stick it out just for a little bit, it’ll calm down. If you’re hoping to catch up with a friend, you’ll want to grab a seat so the crowdedness won’t affect you. Anne and I made our way there one evening ever so slightly beating the afterwork crowd.

I was distracted by the adorable wallpaper, but l’Ours has got far more to offer than just a well-decorated cozy space.. they’ve got a killer happy hour and as equally killer meat and cheese platter (as seen above). It’s also a rare find to have super kind bar staff, so L’Ours has many many stars in my book.

L’Ours
8 Rue de Paradis, 75010
Métro: Château d’Eau (4)

Le-Kitsch-De-quelle-planète-es-tu-01Once upon a time when I lived in the Oberkampf area, this bar was one of my favorite places to go for Happy Hour. It still is today, even with a little bit of a treck.

Not only is the interior just the best and basically a knick-knack heaven at Le Kitch, but their cocktails have spunky fresh names. Even when not there for Happy Hour, and their drinks are very reasonably priced, and was a core spot while on my student budget when I first arrived in Paris.

I’d like to also add that this is the sacred location of the green nom nom cocktail that is named after Shrek. I’m not sure you can get much more awesome than that. So, obviously, when miss Rachel was in town, this was on our hit list.

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Like  yummy cocktails and fantastic atmospheres? Have you been to Mama Shelter?

Well, in my opinion it’s the perfect place to go on a Friday night. Or any night for that matter. And it’s in a unique neighborhood that not many venture out to it seems like. Hidden up way in the 20th district of Paris, Mama Shelter is not only a bar, restaurant and pizzeria, but also a hotel. It’s certainly an untouched and beautifully undiscovered part of Paris, so you should go take a stroll around there too.

The bartenders at this bar have a little something extra to offer with their unique and deliciously clever cocktails- you’re bound to taste something you’ve never tasted before. At a whopping 10-15 euros a cocktail, you’ll get your money’s worth, I assure you that. Even make a rezo for dinner in their restaurant or for a pizza in their pizzeria (SO GOOD). I hear their brunch is the bomb…

Mama Shelter
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020
Tél: 01 43 48 48 48
Métro: Gambetta (3/2)

Some smart dude in Paris came up with the clever idea of a “écolier” themed restaurant. I mean, in Paris we find vintage school chairs and things all over the place, but this restaurant takes you back to elementary school. The walls are covered in chalkboards and vintage maps with books all over the place. Your eyes will wander, I warn you.

They also happen to have a pretty amazing happy hour, with 5 euro pints and cocktails from 5pm to 8pm daily. If you happen to go for dinner, you should definitely try to reserve the swing set in the basement (for two).

Now that school is coming to a definite ending, it is the perfect place to go and fall back into memories of education and learning. Life is an oyster, sometimes it’s hard to stop and think about how much we learn every day from those around us.

La Classe
Address: 6, rue de Maubeuge, 75009
Métro: Le Peletier (7) / Notre Dame de Lorette (12)

This is one of the treasures of Belleville. I’m a big fan of this area and this café/bar never lets me down. The bright lights and busy streets on which it sits make for the perfect setting for people watching. With the winter chill, it’s an adorable place to stop by for a coffee or beverage to warm up.

Annie, Caroline and I wandered this area once upon a time and explored the decorated and eclectic streets of the different districts that all meet at this intersection in Belleville, and let me tell you… It’s full of charm! It’s something I find myself trying to do often enough to step out of the Parisian box as there are so many areas that are off the beaten path.

The diversity of Paris’s districts always make me love this city even more.

Aux Folies
8 rue de Belleville, 75020
Tél: 01 46 36 65 98
Métro: Belleville (line 2 /11)