One of the many new venues opening between the Strasbourg Saint-Denis metro and the Gare de l’Est that are attracting a hip young clientele to the area, Ours Bar is a standout. If nothing else, it's good enough to keep its prices down – pints for €5 all day long and cocktails for €6 during happy hour (5pm-9pm). As well as all the classic mixes you’d expect, there are also original house cocktails like an excellent Jardin Anglais – ‘English garden’ – with a touch of cucumber, the Grand Ourse with Chartreuse, rosehip vodka, rosehip syrup and ginger beer or the Petite Ourse with honey-flavoured gin and cranberry juice lifted by Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.
But the excellent cocktails aren’t the only reasons to go; the two owners have been friends since they were children and this project is their passion – you can feel it in their welcoming stance behind the bar, the wallpaper’s custom bear print and the friendly crowd mixing hipsters and down to earth locals. We only hope the relaxed vibe lasts beyond the opening weeks.