One of my all-time favorite spots, just because of its cosiness and its simplicity. Few places are more Parisian than this one: it’s the ideal place to drink red wine and nibble French cheeses without spending a fortune.
This charming bar located in the Saint Germain des Prés area is one of the few bars that has remained pretty much unchanged since its opening in 1952. The prices seem not to have changed a lot either: during the happy hour you can treat yourself and your friends for €16 a bottle. Don’t expect excellence, but what they serve is usually quite enjoyable.
Given its location, Chez Georges attracts both French and foreign locals – I guess it’s the characteristic spot that foreigners love. I personally like the fact that the crowd is always mingled, both in nationality and in age, without having become a tourist trap. Many students come here, but there always is a regular Parisian crowd hanging around the bar like they have probably been for decades.
Another good thing is that Chez Georges is actually two bars: the one on the ground floor is nicely decorated and an excellent place to have a meaningful conversation, as there is no music at all – which to me can be a great bonus.
The bar in the cave is more suitable for festive evenings: around midnight the intellectual ambiance is driven away by hits of the Village People and Boney M. I’ll let you choose depending on your mood.