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3.75/5 rDev -9%
My wife and I stopped in here for lunch one afternoon while vacationing in Paris. We sat in the outdoor seating as it was fairly sunny on that early July day. We had a biere de garde, but the selection wasn't quite that of the Academie.
Overall, this was an enjoyable enough experience and a great pit-stop on our site-seeing tour just after seeing Notre Dame. The selection was okay and the service was decent enough (for two Americans, one speaking French, in Paris). If it's convenient, stop in, but it's not a required beer lover stop in Paris.
07-16-2007 01:47:08 | More by scoobybrew
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
I was happy to see that Falstaff was about a block away from where the missus and I were staying in Paris. Hungry and in dire need of a beer, we sauntered over after unpacking.
Like most places in Paris, everyone is smoking - it's just how they do. The selection of beer on draught was nothing stellar but the bottle menu was great. Tons of Belgians and a nice selection of quality French ales. One problem is that everything is crazy expensive. Most bottles were in the 8 to 9 range. With the going exchange rate, that is roughly $14. Crazy. I settled down on a Grain D'Orge Biere de Garde (750mL for 13) and the missus on Hoegaarden Grand Cru.
We ordered up some food: me the mussels, her a croque madame. Neither were very good. The mussels came with fries which were like something you'd find in an American highschool's cafeteria.
The service was okay. Our server didn't know much about beer but was nice enough. After seeing such a high score here, I was disappointed - then I checked back and found there were only 4 previous reviews. It's worth stopping by if you're in the area. Great beer is hard to come by in this country, I found. Make no mistake, France is not a beer country.
01-05-2007 23:46:54 | More by sloejams
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
Visited here in March 2006. Situated right next to the Bastille monument - get off the Metro at the Bastille stop on line 1.
Nice atmosphere although it was pretty quiet when we were there. Decent size with quite large seating area upstairs. We sat outside where they had gas heaters keeping us warm. Service was pretty friendly English was spoken by all the waiters that served us
Large beer list with over 150 bottled and around 14 or so on tap. Belgian brews dominate with a smaller helping of German, Czech, British etc Sadly not the biggest choice of French craft brews but I did have Cervoise Lancelot (on tap most excellent) and also Pelforth Brune (also on tap pretty good too). Among other French brews available were 3 Monts, Telenn Du, Duchesse Anne and Goudale.
Didnt try the food but what I saw being served up looked pretty good.
Certainly worth a try if in Paris . Recommended .
03-14-2006 12:17:53 | More by mdagnew
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
A very nice place at the heart of the Bastille in Paris. From the entrance you cant really spot the beer atmoshpere: sober cafe-like seating at the sidewalk gives a rather parisian atmosphere under the big "bar a bières" neon sign.
Inside, thoug, the decoration relates completely to all the beers offered and a huge fridge with all their bottled selection boasts the same spirit as would a seafood place where you pic your own lobster by looking at it swimming there.
The service is very gentle but a bit impatient sometimes, nevertheless not undermining the experience because the beers offered, separated by countries in their wide selection which also explains the process of each beer type et al. Theyre served in their proper glassware as well. as for the food, portions are generous unlike most parisian pubs, and the taste is quite nice. Worth a try.
10-10-2003 14:36:57 | More by Andreji
4.53/5 rDev +10%
Visited on August 8th, 2003 as a final goodbye to Paris, and that infernal heatwave as we visited on the hottest summer in 80-100 years. (Reports vary). That aside, the place was jumping at 11:30 as the other bars were shutting down. And why not, the bright neon sign claimed Falstaff was open 24 hours a day.
Falstaff is located in the center of Paris, in the historical quarter of
Le Marais and right in Bastille Plaza. The quality of the beers were great. While they only had about 6-8 beers on draught, they had well over 50 beers in the bottle ranging from the 33cl to the 75cl bottles. The draft beers came in 25cl, 50cl, 100cl, and then the huge giraffes that I think were either 3 or 4.5L. The bottle selection ranged from most of the Trappists to the standard French selection. In between those two were some great Belgian and Flanders beers. Some German Pilsners and some Hefe-Weizens.
There prices were very reasonable if not on the cheaper side for Paris. NOTE: I said for Paris, the beers were much cheaper in Lille, but Paris is an expensive city. That being said I believe I paid 6 Euros for a 33cl Duvel and 9.75 Euros for a 75cl Northern Flanders Blonde that I can't remember the name of right now.
The service was ok, but IMHO it is usually hard for an American to acurately judge how good European service was, unless you notice an unmistakable biased, which I did not here, but did in some other location.
The food was very good, but we only split an order of fries, so I don't think I can resonably give the food a rating.
Great place for a beer in a great location in an up and coming area of Paris. I highly recommend it and I know a great hotel right around the corner as well!
08-12-2003 12:16:05 | More by Loki
Falstaff Bastille in Paris, France
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.