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Best Happy Hour in Paris

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Lizard Lounge

Not far from the trendy cafés, a friendly pint can be sipped at convivial tables at this good old English pub in Marais District. Try the excellent cocktails, served by English-speaking barmen. Come nightfall and techno music is played downstairs, for a young and cosmopolitan crowd. Delicious snacks are available, like the Supernacho, with guacamole and melted cheese.

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The Great Canadian Pub

Right near Nôtre Dame cathedral, this Canadian pub offers all that expats from the Great White North could want, from Canadian beers to traditional Canadian food and other drinks, including their famous Bloody Caesar. The pub doesn't stop at food and drink for a Canadian ambiance: their website lists the sporting events that are shown throughout the month (including hockey, of course), and the other social events that they offer in order to bring Canadians living abroad together. The events are not open to Canadians only, of course, but if you stop by this pub, you are sure to make at least one or two Canadian friends: the ambiance is a lot of fun, and the bar staff and regulars are very friendly.

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The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man is an Irish pub located in the Marais quarter in the heart of Paris. You will find a good selection of Irish beer and whiskey, to be enjoyed in an inviting and tranquil atmosphere (happy hour is from 5p to 8p). In the basement, the Quiet Man regularly organizes (in fact, almost every day) concerts of rock, folk and traditional Celtic music. A big screen broadcasts all of the important rugby and soccer matches, in a great atmosphere! There are also dartboards on each floor: it is an authentic and small pub, just like in Ireland!

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Le Fumoir

Just behind the square courtyard of the Louvre, this luxurious café is a real haven of peace, far from the chaos of the city. Tourists often stop here to sip a cocktail or two while leisurely perusing the selection of newspapers provided. In short, this is a little piece of paradise where you can also enjoy simple, quality cuisine. The home-made Mascarpone Catalan cream is especially worth a try. The sophisticated décor is particularly representative of the stylish new brasseries emerging in Paris.

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The Bombardier

The Bombardier, a real English pub serving real English ale, brings British pub culture to the heart of Paris. Even the tables on the terrace resemble pub-garden-style picnic benches rather than the more traditional pavement café variety. They boast a view out onto the dome of the Panthéon; guests are almost in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. The beer is reasonably priced, pub-grub is served from mid-day to 2.30p, and there's a choice of three TVs showing the best of British sports. The Bombardier is a good place to watch a crunch match or simply sit with a pint and read an English newspaper.

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The Frog & Princess

Evil be to him who evil drinks! Here is the pub's creed and that will take some doing! The venue stocks a wide range of home-brewed beers, which is an outstanding feat in Paris and the whole of France. Customers of all ages come and sit in here to watch the rugby and football (soccer) matches in a friendly ambiance. The staff also organizes regular theme nights. Happy hours begin from 5:30p to 8p daily.

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Le Crocodile

Le Crocodile is well-known for the size of its menu; pages and pages of cocktails are available for EUR8 apiece, and every night before midnight, the prices drop to EUR6. The waiter leaves a pen and paper at your table so that you can record your own order from the vast selection of choices. Regulars hang out here until dawn - maybe trying to taste every cocktail on the menu!

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Chez Jeannette

Chez Jeannette is one charming singles bar where you can relax and have a great time! A simple, yet funky decor, it caters as a fun after-work hangout spot. The lunch menu is delicious, and at night you will be served with a great variety of cheese items. Try from their huge selections of salads, entrees, pates and planches. The desserts are especially not to be missed! At dusk, the hip joint turns off the fluorescent lights and converts it to a candlelit ambiance. Check out the website for details and reservations.

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Le Trucmush

Go to this bar simply for the atmosphere. Quirky and unconventional but in no way pretentious, Le Trucmush has its own personality; from the shoebox size bar area smattered with spare parts and random stools to the bathroom furniture- everything is original. Their cocktails are huge and happy hours draw crowds that pack the place to the rafters so come in well before time and claim your seat!

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The Bottle Shop

The Bottle Shop is a popular destination for local Parisians and English-speakers alike. The bartenders pass seamlessly between the two languages, jovially pouring drinks from behind the circular bar. A few people order cocktails, but not many; this is mostly a beer crowd. The bar updated its look in 2009 but maintained its laid-back atmosphere. The tin ceiling and chalkboard menus are here to stay. If the kitchen is closed and customers are still hungry, guests are welcome to bring outside food in. On weekend nights when a DJ is often playing, it can get a bit loud and cramped inside. Arrive early for a table. On calmer weekday nights, the bar s stereo plays rock music, and it's easier to have a conversation.

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Académie de la Bière

This pub from the 1960s is still going strong thanks to the regular patronage of those neighboring it and a healthy, if somewhat jolly student population. "Hunger has no specific time and neither does thirst" is their motto, sticking by it to provide close to around the clock service. With around 150 different brews to choose from, some of which can only be found here, this is one academy where one wouldn't mind spending time on "research!"

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Café Charbon

Housed in a coal merchant's premises from the late 19th-century, Café Charbon has become the Ménilmontant district's trendiest bar. Superbly preserved period features are part of its special charm; thanks to high ceilings and large mirrors, the bar feels amazingly spacious, while subdued lighting and red lamps on the wooden tables provide a cozy touch. Food is tasty and typically French: steak with pepper sauce, cheese pasta, vegetarian salad. Jam-packed evenings and weekends, the bar is frequented by a young, smart, bohemian crowd.

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