After desperately searching for some cool bars, my friend and I ended up at these two. We’ve had a few unlucky experiences when we’ve just walked in somewhere without research, so we thought we’d play it smart this time and do some excellent timeout.fr reading. Did it work out for us? Yes and no.
THE LIZARD LOUNGE
Metro Hotel de Ville
This place had some pretty good reviews online, and rightly so. It was a cool place, but with people eating and drinking, it did feel a little bit small at times. With the happy hour cocktails priced at €5, it’s ideal for students. But again, with people having their dinner right next to you, it definitely was lacking the student vibe. That being said, the drinks did make up for it- well mine did anyway. Ion wasn’t the biggest fan of his…
It’s also important to point out that the happy hour timing is 18h-20h. NOT 20h-22h like I read online somewhere. The full priced cocktails were roughly €8/€9.
THE LITTLE RED DOOR
Metro Arts and Metiers/Republique/Temple
At first, you see a red door with another door in front of it. It really doesn’t look like a bar at all from the outside, so be aware of that.
Another thing to take note of: you don’t get to walk through the red door! This was a little heartbreaking. You go through a door on the right.
The staff were great, and the menu looked very promising. After asking the waiter (in English!) for a sweeter cocktail, I was excited. When the drink came (I got something called “On dirait la nord”) and I had my first sip, I was no longer in good spirits. It really wasn’t nice, but I guess I only tried one here, so I can’t be too biased.
This is just personal taste, so you ought to go try it out yourself, and find something you know you’ll like! The place itself was great, the atmosphere and decor were really cool. I also really enjoyed the music, but perhaps a little too much. The prices were around €13-€15.
It also seemed like a pretty popular place, as when we left, people were queuing outside in order to get a table. So it’s definitely worth checking out.
Overall, I was quite impressed. But I learnt that whilst you can research all you want, it probably helps to read the menu a little bit better to make sure you will actually enjoy your drink. Life lessons, right there.