"American" Bar in Paris???

Jun 9th, 2006, 01:29 AM
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No, Trudaine, that's just your prejudice against this enormous group of diverse peoples the French love to clump together under the brand 'anglo-saxon'. (Is anglo-saxon basically anyone who speaks English as a first language? Wow.)
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Jun 9th, 2006, 01:52 AM
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In the Marais, there is the Lizard Lounge which has English speaking staff and a mix of English speaking and French regulars. There is also the Auld Alliance (Scots).

And for all you dismissive critics, it's not just tourists that hang out in pubs and Anglo-style bars, but a fair amount of expats. Where better to get information than from people who live here?
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Jun 9th, 2006, 02:49 AM
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Irish pubs are far easier to find as others have noted. I like the Flann O'Brien at 6 rue Bailleul near the Louvre in the 1st Metro Louvre-Rivoli and Finnegan's Wake at 9 rue des Boulangers in the 5th near Metro Jussieu. I read somewhere (but could not find the site again so it may not be current) that the Flann O'Brien was a favourite of US Expats but my own experience was that there were lots of different nationalities there.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 02:54 AM
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Trudaine, I'm a Francophile who loves Paris and many aspects of French culture. But your post also offers a nice piece of cultural anthropology: the extraordinary ability of some French intellects to develop, articulate and extrapolate a theory of human behaviour almost entirely unencumbered by the inconvenience of substantive empirical evidence.

As for Ms Christensen: make your old man do his own homework! I'm sure he'll find his way to a watering hole he likes.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 02:54 AM
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Assuming that this is a serious question (big assumption), if you are looking for an anglophone bar in Paris, avoid anywhere with the word "American" in the title. These places tend to be the French take on diners etc and are, by and large, patronised by the French.

You want the pubs, English and Irish. The frog and Rosbif chain are the best known. These aren't exclusively patronised by us limeys and the Irish, but plenty of yanks, canadians etc. You will also be able to pick up a copy of Time Out's Paris edition which lists good bars for expats.

However - your husband is American. He should not try to keep up with Brits or Irish when it comes to drinking. He will fall over.

In any case "Un demi de pression" - how hard is that? That'll get you a beer in any café/zinc/tabac.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 03:26 AM
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To Kate, Patrick London :

My comments were (partly) tongue in cheek, not meant to be offensive (and in defense of my own gender...) but my question remains valid : why a man, especially without prior experience of European travel, should be assumed not to enjoy art, architecture, and life in an European city?

Chistensen's question does fit into certain cultural traits, in particular the American idea of malehood (I have lived in the US). A majority of posters on the European forum seem to be women, often presenting the same pattern, i.e. the excited wife enjoying herself, dragging around the bored husband, only interested in World War II...

What is very "anglo-saxon" in particular is the popularity of single-gender group activities, such as the "women-only tours", quite visible in the tourist areas of Paris, and striking for the locals, with goups of middle-age women or college girls, the latter dressed as for spring break in Fort Lauderdale...
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Jun 9th, 2006, 03:54 AM
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I would sign him up for a market day "class" tour at Le Cordon Blue - EVERYONE speaks English - it was the most American place I've ever been to in Paris.....and its really fun - you get to learn about the markets, watch a great chef prepare yummy dishes AND of course EAT great food....it is a great way to spend a day...just a thought.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:31 AM
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Fair point, Trudaine, and I ought to have known better, having fallen foul of the same lack of opportunity to indicate tone.

I find it hard to believe that women's shopping, as a social activity, is any more engaging to men in Latin cultures than the Anglo-Saxon: and who knows what goes on in other people's marriages?
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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:34 AM
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I am not sure if there is a matinee, but why not leave him for a few drinks at The Crazy Horse or Lido. They are not strictly bars but he may not notice.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:38 AM
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Its really not a gender thing. Gay men love Paris too.
For me, I won't book a hotel without a lobby bar.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:42 AM
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I'm not joining in the judgemental stuff today, but up Beaumarchais Blvd., from the Bastille, is a bar that is a Martini Bar - my friends taught the Dutch bartenders how to make one...but if it is still there...how about that?!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 05:08 AM
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As an answer to Patrick London, maybe it is up to women to put less emphasis on their own shopping, and include more activities of common interest!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 05:19 AM
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Louie Ll beat me to it - but I was also going to suggest the Lizard Lounge (Rue du Bourg Tibourg, metro Hotel de Ville or St Paul) and the Auld Alliance (rue François Mitron, metro St Paul). Both have happy hours - the cocktail happy hour in the basement bar at the Lizard Lounge is very popular - used to be from 8 till 10. Lizard Lounge does good bar food and also has great Sunday brunch.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:11 AM
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Joe Allens near Les Halles. Front Page is another bar which was mostly Americans patronizing the bar. There's another bar right up St.Denis from the Front Page-it has a big American flag in the window. Most of these places would be a good start.

Of the three bars, Joe Allens might be the best choice. The food American dishes. It used to be decent meals.

There are a lot of other bars nearby, so walk around the Les Halles region and it full of American bars.

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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:18 AM
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>Are beer and sports the only socially acceptable areas of interest for anglo-saxon males?<

Well, there's also hunting and fishing.

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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:29 AM
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There's a bar at Joe Allen's (branch of the NY restaurant), near Les Halles. The burger is pretty good, too.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:32 AM
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Sorry, I forgot! No offense intended...
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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LOL....break him in gently!! It is important he has a good experience so he will want to go back right?! I hear ya

Honestly, I can't remember names of bars off the top of my head but everywhere I went in Paris people spoke English and as long as you find a bar in a 'touristy' area, there are bound to be people speaking english that your DH can hang out with.

We never had a problem finding a fun bar in Paris! Try asking the concierge at your hotel...have fun! And I hope you find some great stuff shopping in paris!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:40 AM
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Much as i love him I have to admit my husband is a lousey shopping companion. He tends to say things like "what do you need that for" or "Are you done yet" So I have no problem with the idea of parking the hubby somewhere for a litle while so you can shop in peace. The Hard Rock is just down the streeet from the Galleries Lafayette. My husband prefers the coffee bar upstairs in the men's store over a bar bar though. Not many American's stop there but we've met some very nice Parisians there. I believe they also have a wine bar there too.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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geez..I just finished the other posts, you guys, she was simply asking a question. That is what these boards are for....information. no reason to judge anyone for what they are asking. These boards were designed to be friendly and helpful, people should not have to worry about being flamed, judged or attacked by what they post.

Sorry I had to get that out, thanks!
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