France > Montpellier
drinkingcoffee (13) Quebec | July 2, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I have been in Montpellier for a year now, and this has become my favourite place to go drink a few pints, and/or pick up a few bottles to go.
They have 4 rotating taps, that can really vary quite a bit, from Cantillon Geuze (ok, this only happened once), to Kernel pale ale, an Italian Black IPA or Tripel karmelit (hugely popular in France).
Aside from that, there are shelves and shelves of bottles, which can be purchased to go, or drunk on-site (there is always one of each cold in the fridge). There’s a pretty big terrasse outside, seating upstairs, and often a decent crowd relaxing on the sidewalk. Very casual, and sometimes studenty atmosphere.
No food served here (aside from chips, peanuts and sausages), but you can order a pizza next door and eat it in the bar, as long as you don’t make a mess.
The bottle selection is great and varied (this is the only place in town where I have found a good selection of IPAs -- even French ones!), and the staff/owners are super friendly and knowledgeable.
Maybe a bit off the beaten path if you are just visiting the center of Montpellier, but definitely worth it if you have had your fill of wine. Note, since they are not in the center of town, they have to close at 1am all year round, and actually close at 11pm on Mondays.
ILikeOl (117) , Norway | May 18, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Combined beer store and pub with a separate bottle room where you could grab a warm one, bring it to the bar and trade it for a cold one. Good selection. The majority was belgian and french, but also a fair number of Scandinavian, American and British brews. One of the owners that tended the bar offered great service, and his english was good.
larsga (210) Oslo, Norway | June 3, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The place isn’t much to look at, but has real character. Downstairs is just a small bar with some stools, and a big room full of bottles on shelves. Upstairs there’s more place to sit. There’s also some tables outside. They play fairly forgettable, inoffensive music. Food is just sausage or cheese. There’s four draft beers, rotating fairly often, and mostly obscure stuff. The bottle selection is huge, but probably more like 300 beers than 850. Lots of French micro stuff, but also a US/Canadian shelf, lots of UK, Germany, and of course Belgium, plus some others. It’s a real locals bar, where people pop by to split an 0.75l bottle at the bar, chat with the bartenders, or sometimes sit as a bigger group. Very friendly staff, who speak very little English. Excellent service, although sometimes you have to go grab them on the street to say you want to buy something. Came here every evening, and really enjoyed it. Far and away the best place in Montpellier, well worth the walk it takes to get here.
Note that it’s also a bottle shop, so you can buy bottles to take with you as well.
jeampaulmad (11) , Italy | January 28, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
many french good beers, too much belgians but the selection is ok. nice and friendly place
HopsnGrapes (1) , | September 24, 2012| Updated June 22, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Friendly place, big choice (more than 800 beers... I checked it ! :) )
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