"American" Bar in Paris???

Jun 9th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Wow - lighten up folks!

There is nothing about a man going to a bar while letting his wife shop that should even raise an eyebrow. It's done all the time. JandaO's AA link was particularly mean spirited. Many men don't like shopping but want to allow their partners to indulge themselves. A drink with other men is a very common plan.

Given the choice of staying with my DW (whom I love dearly) while she shops or waiting with a beer or drink at a cafe or bar is a no brainer: "serveur, je voudrais une bière s'il vous plaît"!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:07 AM
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I am one of those husbands, and my wife is one of those shopper/walkers. It works out great for us, I get a few brews and she doesn't have me questioning her shopping choices. In your area the Auld Alliance would be my pick; check out their web site. Cheers!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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In the event that was a serious question:

It wouldn't have to be an alcoholic drink, the same would apply if it was coffee or water. I don't really think you believe that if you are not joined at the hip, then that means you don't prefer each others' company. I would not feel unwanted if my DW didn't want to join me to play ball, fish or any other things she didn't care to do.


Where did the OP say her husband only wanted to drink? Maybe he just isn't a shopper. I'm sorry about your 2001 experience and realize now why you responed so emotionally to the OP's request for advice, but this is not the same thing. A few beers does not make for a drunk. It's possible the only beer he will have on the entire trip will be during the OP's Marais shopping time.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:26 AM
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Unbelievable. Gee, Christensen, aren't you glad you asked?
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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Any Irish PPub will have native Irish staff behind a bar and English speaking Patrons. I have been to one or two in Paris. The Bombadier mentioned above I seem to fall upon on each visit and I have a drink with my partner. I prefer it to the irish places as its a mixed French and English speaking crowd. The Barman was friendly from Northern ireland and sadly the wine was....chilean! We have a nice time when we visit here to rest outr feet but we do not stay all night. Have fun shopping and everyone lighten up... to each his own.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:47 AM
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Sometimes I wish my hubby would give me a shopping break (he likes to go shopping, too)
We occasionally seek time apart, though, and it doesn't make either one of us feel unloved.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:48 AM
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I bet if Christensen had left out the phrase "and I think he'll need some alcohol to help him acclamate." this thread would have been far less judgemental.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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People, People... I'm talking about a few beers on the first few days! He tends to be a little anxious when he is out of his element. I just want him to be able to "take the edge off" so he can start enjoying the trip. Some of you seem to understand, and for that I thank you!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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I can't understand how a simple question for advice is turned into a discussion about nothing.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Hey, I was that husband on our honeymoon, and it was more a situation of, we'd been walking non-stop for several wonderful days, and DW wanted to check out shopping on St. Germain. She was more than happy to do so while I wetted my whistle in the Pub St. Germain, a fairly touristy place but with many European visitors in addition to Americans. Turns out it was during the European Champions League Football semi-finals and finals in Paris, and I ended up having a great time watching soccer and toasting perhaps a bit excessively! The Euros wanted to know everything about Shaquille O'Neal and American basketball.

DW met me there a few hours later and we moved on. Perfect.

On your side of town, I recall an Irish bar on rue de Rivoli or rue St. Antoine. Also, although less Americanized, try one of my favorite bars just off the Place des Vosges, Cafe Martini. Not quite a dive, but close.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Jun 9th, 2006, 11:45 AM
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christensen, I bet you are sorry you asked a simple question! Someone is going into the pubs and American bars, they are not deserted.

I think it is the best idea to park the husband somewhere while you shop, I hate to see someone looking at their watch or staring off into space waiting bored to death while I poke around shops. Have fun!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 12:09 PM
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I second Harry's Bar - 5 Rue Daunou. A few months ago, I stopped in and ordered a white wine. The bartender replied with a french accent, " Madam, this is Harry's American Bar - no wine is served here." I never laughed so hard. Instead, he made me a killer screwdriver. The walls are papered with pennants from American universities, and there's always an expat to talk sports with. Bonus: You can walk to the shops around the Opera from there.

The Lizard Lounge is also fun, and there are a ton on Irish/English bars (like blackduff mentioned) if you wander around the Les Halles area.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 08:57 PM
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Christensen, if you will be there on a Thursday, he could try the famous (through Rillifane) Cafe Metropole Club
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Jun 10th, 2006, 11:30 PM
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Hey Trudane!

As an Anglo-Saxon who enjoys shopping and loves Paris and doesn't hang out in bars could I offer myself as an odd exception for (paid) study? Now I will risk a generalization about American culture: It is most often the wife who is the organizer, particularly in matters of enjoyment. And darn good thing that we have them! Those large groups of women you've seen on the streets of Paris may have been scouting parties.
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Jun 11th, 2006, 12:19 AM
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I dont know if willis wine bar still exists, but it used to be a big american hang out.
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Jan 16th, 2007, 05:19 AM
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Hi! I love this conversation! I think you should take your husband to Mc Donalds where they serve beer!!
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:24 AM
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If you see the words "bar américain" on an establishment (as opposed to "American bar"), it just means "cocktail bar" -- fancier drinks than in a normal café.
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Jan 16th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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Dear Christensen,

Fear not. I have answers and offer no judgement! My husband and I live in Paris and have another American friend who is a serious NFL addict and has had us up lately to watch games beginning at 2 a.m. at these crazy English-speaking bars you seek watching live American football!

We have been to the Moose which is near metro Odeon (16 rue des Quatre Vents, 75006), and most recently we went to La Pomme d'Eve (1 rue Laplace, 75005) - they were actually showing primetime American football live, which means we left the joint after 5 a.m. and started our evenings around midnight...don't ask....La Pomme d'Eve is very cool, downstairs in a cave basically. If he goes to the Moose, send him all the way to the back where the bigscreen TVs are. They also serve American (sort of) bar food, like hot wings, potato skins, etc. Also, we've been to O'Briens, in the 7th on rue St. Dominique, but that's a bit far for you. That place also does that crazy American trivia game thing, too. I know, I know...I know way too much about this...

I must admit, these places are much more fun at night because that's when live American sports begin, but if you think this is up his alley, I hope I've helped a little.

Anyway, if you need more bars or more details, don't hesitate to ask. You can save us a lot of embarassment by simply emailing me directly at [email protected]. ;-) !!
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Jan 16th, 2007, 12:58 PM
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I watched last years Superbowl at an English pub off rue Berri, just north of the Champs Elysees that was very comfortable. Stayed in the Les Halles area and Joe Allen's was nice, but the bar itself was small.
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