From the many bars in the Flagey area, this is certainly my favourite one.
I love it for many reasons: first of all, it’s the oldest one and was open long before the area became trendy.
The nice thing about Le Pantin is that it doesn’t look really special from the outside. Inside, you find a dark place, filled with different types of chairs and tables, and a cosy second floor. But it’s also full of people talking to each other or playing chess or any other board game and even some video games every couple of weeks! There are also some books available that you can read.
This is made possible by the fact that the music is not too loud so you can really enjoy a conversation or concentrate on your next move.
The crowd is a majority of students, artists or some intellectual leftist who will let you know about the latest news to be aware of and the next action to take to change the world.
At the bar you’ll find many types of beers and also many types of teas that they serve all night long. It’s also possible to have lunch and even dinner some days! And a good point is the fact that they allow their customer to come with their fries to eat in (see article about Frit Flagey).