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Corcoran’s Irish Pub, Saint Michel, Paris, France

In Saint Michel there’s an Irish bar called Corcoran’s Irish Pub. It’s part of a chain of 8 bars in Paris.

It’s your stereotypical Irish drinking tavern that you’ll see in any country serving Irish and Scottish Ales.

I ended up here a couple of afternoons just for a cleansing ale.

You’ll find your classics such as Guinness and Kilkenny, and I had several. But you’ll also get brews you’ve probably never heard of before such as a Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA which is a reasonably decent IPA from Dunbar in Scotland.

Service was good, staff were friendly. A nice place for an afternoon beer.

 

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Frog XVI, Trocadero, Paris, France

Frog is a chain of English Pub-like bars in France. Frog XVI is in Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement.

I’d just had lunch so I was only looking for a couple of beers on a Saturday afternoon. Walking in around 1pm I was surprised how quiet the bar was, I would have thought that there would have been more people out having lunch and drinking good beer.

You can see their impressive lists of beers here.

During my visit I tried 2 pints of their beers.

Firstly, I had the Spelt Saison which is, as the name suggests, a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. It was a decent beer. Light, sweet and sour.

My second beer was a BaBaBoom! which is a Blonde Ale. I preferred this beer over the Saison. This beer has a fruity, floral taste which was really quite nice.

If you’re a beer lover then this place is a must do!

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The Bombardier, Paris, France

In the morning I’d gone on a Hemingway’s Paris walking tour hosted by Paris Walks. Highly recommended. As we were walking through the Latin Quarter hearing stories of Hemingway and Joyce amongst others, I was taking notes of potential places for lunch.

One bar, called The Bombardier, near the Pantheon and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church took my fancy.

The Bombardier is a typical English pub and has a decent selection of English beers and food but I ordered the plat du jour which was a chicken wing salad which was decent for €12.

For desert I ordered a Chocolate Mousse which was the desert du jour.

The selection of beer was quite good and I ended up having 3 pints. A Courage Directors, which is a run of the mill bitter, then a McEwan’s Scotch Ale followed up by a Innis & Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask / Rum Aged which was the best beer of the day for me.

However, the service was unfortunately sub par. Midway through my meal I ordered another beer however the waitress just forgot about it, I had to follow up to get my drink.

And again later on, I’d ordered a fourth beer from the same waitress, and I waited, and waited, and waited. In the end I got sick of waiting and just went up to the bar to pay the bill, and there was the waitress watching videos on a laptop. Terrible service.

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Bull’s Brothers Pub, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a day out being a tourist you need somewhere to relax and have a beer while decompressing.

Bull’s Brothers Pub in Saint Michel was that place for me.

During happy hour (4pm til whenever) you can get pints of Belzebuth Blanche and Königsbacher Pilsener for €5 and €6.

I probably ended up here 4 evenings during my week visit.

Staff are friendly but busy… so it can take a while to get table service but if you are looking for a local during your visit, this is a good place.

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Pizza Sarno, St Michel, Paris, France

After a quick snooze at Albe Hôtel after the flight from Hong Kong I was looking for some sustenance. Luckily the area around Saint Michel is full of bars and restaurants so I didn’t have to go to far.

I did a bit of a walk around the neighborhood to see what options were on offer before deciding on a small pizza restaurant called Pizza Sarno, more because there were tables available and there was an English menu more than anything else.

While I went through the menu I ordered a Kronenbourg 1664.

I finally chose an entree serving of the bruschetta as well as a penne arrabbiata main course which arrived in about 10 minutes… just in time to order another beer.

The bruschetta tasted great with the tomatoes just oozing flavour.

The main sized penne was a large dish, I actually thought I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but the pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce was superb (not too spicy) so I ended up finishing the dish, and mopping up the sauce with french bread.

All round a great meal.

And yes, and the irony that my first meal in France was Italian is not lost on me! But atleast I had French beer.

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