Very fun bar in Paris- go if you're American and want to meet other Americans. The street it's on is quaint and cool.
Nope, the beer isn't cheap, and to be honest, I've never been there at night. It is, however, a place to get Anglo food where the staff speaks English, they serve food that contains spice (rare in Paris), and the servers, bartenders and managers have been nothing but courteous and pleasant to us.
The food is okay, though a friend recently went and said they cropped their menu down to mostly burgers, though they theoretically still have their brunch menu (which is what we go for anyway). Is it spectacular? Maybe not, but it's pretty darn good.the real draw is it's a nice place to go when your English speaking brain is tired of trying to remember all the French words you've been trying to cram in, and you just want a burger, or brunch, a pint, and friendly service.
Update: Yup, brunch menu is still there, and the brunch burger is amazing; my wife had it last time we went, and she adored it.
Why does anyone go to bars like this? There was a fairly convivial atmosphere on Halloween, but 7 euros for a halfway decent pint of beer? The burgers better be damn good, too, because you have to take out a mortgage to buy one. As a general rule, I won't spend more than 12 dollars on a burger unless there's foie in the picture somewhere.
This is where all the blonde American girls like to come and get classy, and all the French pervs know that as a fact, so they come and prey on the drunken hot girls [sometimes not so hot] with NO SHAME. Designated for the AUP kids on weeknights, I've only been here once, experienced coup de foudre by the grace of a guy who looked like Orlando Bloom's hot, Sicilian cousin WITH A HELMET*. Five minutes later, I was traumatized by the Frenchman molestation of a fat Becky 2 feet away.
I had major helmet fetish in Paris, it was too cool for words.
It's been a long while since I've had a drink at "The Frog", but last Sunday while walking around in the 6th with a friend and having some time to kill we decided to stop by and have a drink.
Well, we had a great time at the pub! And these are the reasons:
- The manager (barman) was really cool. After greeting us with an energetic "What's up chaps ?!", he prepared the drinks in front of us and we had a great chat at the bar.
- I won't hide it, I am a huge beer fan and I don't like some of the beers at the Frog (e.g. the Ginger Twist) but that afternoon there was a bet involved and I had to drink a Caipirinha ... a pint of Caipirinha and damn it was good !
- The atmosphere at the pub is rather cosy
I'll definitely come back and next time I'll probably bring friends and have a pitcher of that delicious Caipirinha and maybe one of their Natural Blonde !
The only thing that I am still wondering about is: has the decoration changed since the last time I've been there (meaning in the last 4 years)
This is one of 5 English style microbreweries of the Frogpubs chain. This one is located in Saint-Germain and is often full with students and expats. If you're ok with strong smell of beer and English guys puking in the toilets, then it can be fun. More seriously speaking, it's not a bad place. They produce their own beers (6 different kinds) and serve a quite decent pub grub.
The atmosphere is very lively and it's easy to get to know new people. There also are frogpubs in Les Halles (rue Saint-Denis), Bercy village, the 16th and the 13th districts. Nothing more to add!
Is zero stars allowed?
This place is horrible. Drinks are not cheap. Asked them about student night and they said they weren't doing it anymore....didn't give me a reason why I asked why and told them that it's still on their website.
The security and bartenders alone make me want to never come back. They are horribly rude, treat women like the dirt on their shoes, and require that you are 21+ if they suspect you are American. Last time I checked the drinking age in France wasn't 21. One of the security guards shook my female friend by the shoulders and would not let her back in after we went to get some air! Not acceptable. Lawsuit, anyone?
Nice one, Princess and the Frog. Bad-mouthing this place until the day I die.
This place sounds stupid if you're in Paris, but the food and beers are good/cheap and it was quite popular with my fellow students so it's pretty authentic. Not the classiest place but good if you're in the area and need someplace quick!
If you're an American... don't bother coming here. They discriminate against us.
I came out with some friends because it was one of the girl's birthday. Everything seemed fine when we walked in and sat down to order. However, the seats that three of our girls sat in were taken and the guys that came back tried to kick them off.
Apparently, the bar tender said they could get a smoke while he watched their seat, but... we were there a good 5-7 minutes deciding what to get and the bartender didn't say a word to us.
Anyways... the guys were being douches and got their seats back, while trying to make a move on them and touched the inner thigh of one of the girls. We got heated up and arguments got started.
Another bartender was asking behind us to see our IDs to see if we were over 21. The legal drinking age is not 21 in France... He explained further that it was a private property and they reserved the right to make their own rules, otherwise we could leave... So they basically wanted us out because we were Americans that wouldn't put up with their jack-ass patrons' harassment and douchebag behavior.
Some of the girls went out first and when they tried to get back in to tell us to leave, the bouncer denied them and handled one of the girls. That set her off and they left after some other guys in the alleyway tried to hit on them.
Another bartender that was trying to get us to order was actually the only nice person there, as he spoke English to us and tried to work with us. I apologized to him for taking his time, but the establishment as a whole has been the worst bar we've been to while in Paris.
Microbrewery with 6 own beers on tab of various tastes and quality. Good burger-joint and they do decent shots/cocktails.
Only reason to patronize: karaoke-able music (80-90s).
Awesome place to spend an evening. The beer they brew is excellent and the food here is very good too (especially the curry). Friendly staff too. The only minor drawback is the shape of the inside of the bar is inconvenient when it gets crowded, but its worth putting up with as they have some excellent party nights here too.
Say what you will about the Frog & Princess-- if you're young and visiting or studying abroad in Paris, it's a great place to meet people: Parisians and fellow ex-pats alike. The barmen are friendly, many have cute accents, the pitchers of housemade draft are decent, though nothing exciting, and if you can get past the men who are clearly just in it to pick up a desperate young ex-pat girl looking for a french fling, you may make a new friend. And when it's not crowded, it's a great place to stop in for a pint and a snack and plan your next move in the neighborhood!
This is what we, Americans, would consider a bit of a dive bar. My fellow exchange students frequented this bar near Saint Germain de Pres. The drinks are pricey and it's always crowded, to the point where the bouncers stop letting you in. It's on a cute alley and it'll always be a memory of my months abroad.
The Frog è una catena di brewpub stile inglese. Questo in particolare è nel cuore della movida universitaria tanto che di sabato sera è stato quasi impossibile entrarci. Una volta dentro ci siamo trovati completamente ammassati quasi da non riuscire a muoverci. Abbiamo evitato l'incubo di ordinare qualcosa al banco e abbiamo rinuotato tra la folla fino alla porta d'uscita. Musica forte, tantissimi giovani, per lo più anglofoni.
We went for fish and chips and they were just ok. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Il y a déja presque dix ans, j'ai vécu à Paris pendant 13 mois. C'était formidable et le Frog and Princess est l'un des meilleurs endroits que j'ai connu.
Même maintenant que je ne suis plus étudiant, c'est le seul bar que je visite à chaque fois que je me trouves à Paris, et la magie est toujours là - toujours les jolies filles, les bavards, les bières à prix un peu choquants (mais en fait, voyant que c'est Paris c'est pas si mal).
En sommaire, un petit merveil :)
Fun little pub to stop in for a beer! It's a dive...
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