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L’Anecdote – Friendly bar and nice cuisine

I discovered l’Anecdote at the end of 2015, a few months after its opening. Not very attracted by its location, in a quite boring area between the busy hubs of Gare de Lyon train station, Bastille and the Arsenal Port, I went there first because it was a new venue for the Marcello Song System (still organised here every second Thursday, from 20:30 to 00:00), of which I am addicted.

And I was lucky discovering this new place: cheap beers, friendly staff, mixed clients, it is a very nice place to chill when you have time to, either along the counter and its daily newspapers, or at a table, along the shelves where you can find and borrow the numerous books of the bar.

At lunchtime, L’Anecdote becomes a restaurant with a daily changing menu offering about 3 options per course (of which at least a vegetarian dish in each course!). It also serves dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the other evenings it is still possible to order a simple meal, like a platter of cheese or cold meat.

L’Anecdote is also very art-oriented, with regular concerts (mostly French ”chanson”), open mic sessions (called ”scènes ouvertes”) and art exhibitions. Recently, events called “kino-Limo” were organized on Saturdays, around the history of cinema.

If you go there, an extra tip is to have a look to the very cute rue Crémieux, one of the most charming unexpected streets of Paris (1 minute walk to the South-East on rue de Bercy).

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Details about this spot



237 rue de Bercy, Paris

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:00 - 00:00, Sat 11:00 - 00:00


Pint of beer: € 5

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)