This rustic tavern on the rue Quincampoix runs counter to all current trends – no electro-house or sophisticated design here, but a down-to-earth, hippyish vibe, with plain tables in a narrow room done out in wood, stone and iron. Cheerful waiters maintain their smiles even during the rammed happy hour, and prices are low (Pastis and Amstel at €2.50) – very rare in this neighbourhood, which is why the crowds keep on cramming in. French pop and rock and Balkan folk maintain the bohemian vibe, as well as paintings by young artists decorating the walls, which change up every month.
Imported Balkan spirits, rare beers and quality independent French wines are some of the best things behind the bar, none of them too expensive. Try a draught Belgian Trappist beer from the Sixtus Abbey or imported wines, beers and eaux de vie from Serbia and Montenegro, like the rare Niksicko Pivo beer or a Krstac white wine. There are also affordable plates of cheese and charcuterie from €3.50 to €9.50, and classic cocktails from €6 to €9.