October 6 2012
We then moved onto the "on tap" cocktails - "Remember the Maine" and "Martinez." We also had a glass of the frozen cocktail "Pisco Punch" - well, when in Rome... These three are already pre-mixed, a concept which cuts down on service time, which of course I appreciate, but does beg the question if the drinks can justify the 10 euro price tag. Hot dogs, fashioned by the increasingly popular Emperor Norton duo will start on Friday, and they'll be delicious. For us, well, we had to 'make do' with the beetroot crisps and pretzels.
The Gin and Tonic from a bottle was an interesting discovery for me... Citadelle Gin blended with a home-made tonic water and served with a straw. It was certainly tasty, but personally, I think my next G'n'T will be served with a couple of ice cubes and a dainty slice of lemon, and in a cut-glass, old-fashioned tumbler. Drinking out of the bottle made me go back a decade or so to when I might drink a Barcadi Breezer with a straw in a park somewhere.... (Told you I was classy!)
It's a rather strange kind of place. And I don't mean that in a negative way. It's just, (and correct me if you know otherwise) well, I think it's the only bar of its genre in Paris. It's a wannabe dive-bar, and it definitely reminded me of a place I used to go to in my student days - but there's slightly too much pride and attention to what they serve for me to want to classify it under that header.
Prices are not high (compared to Paris standards) but can't help but think they'd be out of reach for the average student. I also struggle to put the idea of 'student dive bar' with somewhere that is putting out beetroot crisps. Only time will tell what kind of crowd will flock to this bar, but flock I'm sure they will. Definitely worth trying it out and then tell me what you think.