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KansaiBeerLvrs (392) Kyoto, Japan | August 21, 2015
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
After reading effusive praise online I really wanted to check this place out. I finally found it and was somewhat disappointed. Itís not signposted making it hard to know if youíre in the right place. Inside you find a chess dive bar which is fairly cool. Very friendly welcoming staff. In terms of beer it isnít worth a visit - 20 odd bottles, 2-3 taps (both out when I visited). Nothing special a mix of Belgian/French stuff that may not be supermarket regulars but arenít that different. Prices are cheap at 3/6 euros a bottle depending on size. Fine for a local but not a beer destination.
tom10101 (258) Quebec | March 26, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Little beer store that I would have never find if it was not of Ratebeer. Ambiance was weird, because I was the only customers shopping for beers while the others were playing/watching chess games. Selection is small and low on French micros, but thereís still some quality beers including some US beers. Price are very good for Paris. Seems like a nice place to have in the neighbourhood if you are both a beer and chess fan, but when you are only looking to buy beers itís not the best option around.
erickok (203) Leuven, Belgium | December 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
What a bizarre place. Okay, given the interesting, lively neighborhood I could have expected this, but still... Funny mix of Parisian lifestyle and beer culture. It is foremost a shop with only craft beer, that is, small French micros, medium-sized good Belgians and official American imports. Expect Rogue, Fleurac and Saint Feullien all stashed side by side on tables, corners, dusty boxes and right next to the two chess boards that people were actively using - with a crowd even and they were all sipping Rhubarb IPA, Gulden Draak or Trashy Blond. Okay perhaps not an enormous selection, but fair enough. The owner was friendly (and not impressed by the crowd) and happily stashing in more brews. Most of all I was impressed by the prices though... all 33cl bottles for 3 euro and all 75cl for 6 euro. Yes, including your Rogue Hazelnut Porter or whatever. Thatís not only very sharp for Frnace, thatís crazily cheap for Paris. Add a fridge (same prices) and I am sure that this place will be even more packed and booming by the summer. A sure hit, if the owner can get this up and running (and the crowd interested).
NonOmnisMoriar (3) Paris, France | August 26, 2013| Updated August 27, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
This shop is a hidden gem on the way up to Montmartre, not really noticeable if you donít know the place. From the exterior you wouldnít even notice itís a beer shop if you couldnít see all the bottles inside. Nothing fancy, but it doesnít matter ; this shop has two strong arguments: first, thereís a selection you pretty much couldnít beat! More than 500 bottles (some say 1000, but didnít seem that much), coming from a lot of countries. Some are very good and some are quite bad, but at least you can get pretty much any beer style you want at any time (except special ones like barley wine, imperial stouts, etc.).
But whatís more surprising is that pricing is (shockingly) fixed at Ä3 for 33-50cl bottles, and Ä6 for 75cl bottles (with some exceptions - you wonít get your Deus at Ä6 !). At this price, some bottles are really a steal here, especially when they come from abroad. You wonít get much choice from the micros around the world, but you can manage to get some good ones nevertheless (Mikkeller, BrewDog, Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, etc.). A few bottles are French crafts, although I think they should get more in the future (might be the only downside here).
Shop owner is definitely friendly (even treated me and my friend to a free Triple Cauwe just when we arrived - couldnít get better!), and makes you feel just like youíre not even in a store, but picking your choice from a cellar. Not sure about his recommendations though.
Last but not least, they can freshen up the bottles for you in less than 2 minutes, thanks to a "super-freezer" machine. Tried it, itís really amazing!
I read you could even enjoy some beers inside, while playing chess (seems the owners are fond of the game), but all the room and tables were full of bottles and cases, so it seems a bit difficult now (maybe itís not possible anymore?).
Definitely a place Paris lacks of, so itís a welcome addition!
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