Lizard Lounge has been around these parts for years. As the name may imply, its more of an expat affair. I've probably been here half a dozen times. Always easy.
Food is good and there is a nice selection of whiskey.
Very cool bar, chilled in the afternoon and packed in the evening. Like a few other bars around Paris it really has that catacombs feel!
I love this restaurant. It is maybe not the BEST burger in Paris - but it is my FAVORITE burger in Paris.
I go there for their Sinatra Bacon-Cheeseburger - a sizable burger with your standard fixings. The way they cook the meat is perfect (well most of the time - sometime if it's super busy or different chef the results are less astounding). Their oven baked potatoes and salad with vinaigrette add a nice French touch to the experience and you can add avocado to the burger to make things EVEN better. (I have a soft spot for restaurants that let you request extra ingredients/customize your sandwich).
You can eat a burger (or other sandwich) for around 10/12 euros and then have a dessert for 3 to 6 euros after that. Very economic. Plus they have other American classics like nachos and a club sandwich!
Plus they have a good drink special - pints and cocktails for 5 euros until 8pm and the special continues until 10pm at the basement bar. If you are really feeling miserly you can go get a drink downstairs and come back up to eat from 8-10. Plus the downstairs is pretty fun late night.
There is a crowd most nights and a good mix of English and French speakers. It's a nice place to start your evening if you plan to go out on the town afterwards. The only drawback is the ventilation from the kitchen is not great so you could leave smelling kinda like the burger you just ate. But some people might find that a turn-on...In any case, if you drink enough cheap blond (their low-cost beer) you will not notice that you smell a bit meaty until the next day :D
First thing to know about Lizard Lounge: it is a total expat hangout. If you are looking for the 'real' Paris, walk on by - this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a relaxed place to enjoy a reasonably priced cocktail and some American food, you will be well served here. I like the Lizard Lounge, it doesn't take itself too seriously. If I could change anything it would be a better beer selection and cleaner toilets (they are ick 90% of the time!).
I don't know anything about this place at night, or even during the week, but I do know that when I went in for a Sunday brunch (back in 2006), my idea of breakfast was completely changed that day. I literally lost weight coming back to the States because nothing could compare. Maybe it's because Paris is the gastronomical capital of the world and they have a higher standard of serving their food at a PUB compared to some breakfast diner in the States whose sole purpose is to serve BREAKFAST that tastes like utter shite.
All I know is that I relearned to love food here, and fell in love with Paris all over again.
during the afternoon, around happy hour, this is a great bar to be in. it's very chilled out and relaxed. the decor is dark and the atmosphere is good. they also offer cheaper cocktails and have quite an extensive alcohol list.
to be completely honest with you, i have yet to head somewhere in paris that does truly great cocktails (i know i need to check out candeleria and their other associated offerings - next time!) - most places have a cocktail menu, but what is actually offered is never that great. lizard lounge is no different, so for me, i'd recommend sticking to their beers, wines or just plain spirit + mixer.
if you sit by the window, you also get a prime people watching spot. it's not on the busiest street in the marais, but there is still plenty of foot traffic going past.
a great spot, one that i imagine would be super fun to take a small group of friends to and spend the night hanging out. we will be back!
It was a 2 man show. The bartender and cook behind the same counter.
Immediately, upon arrival, I stumbled on my ability to speak French. In return, I was greeted with a smile and English.
I was impressed with the decor. Brick walls with an obvious French flair. Those walls were littered with English written chalkboards of food and drink menu's. Many drink choices!!!
The beautiful part was feeling comfortable as a first day rookie, surrounded by the lovely and friendly French speaking clientele.
The staff was awesome, the food was very good and the atmosphere was better than expected.
My second visit: I realized how small the Lizard Lounge can be. It was too crowded and understaffed. I had to leave because service was impossible.
Split-level bar, with an underground cave! Didn't see any lizards, but I did hear a lot of people speaking English. Unlike most places in Paris, the place is not "service compris" and there is even a sign that reads "Tipping is not a city in China". Not a problem, I don't mind tipping a bartender for their services.
The 2 stars here are based solely on the decor, ambiance and location. There was one bartender in the "cave" and he was chatting it up with the only person sitting at the bar. My wife and I waited patiently and were finally acknowledged. I won't say the guy was rude, but rather lacking in enthusiasm. Bordering on pretentious he gave us our drinks and we were on our way. How were the drinks? I had a lizard juice cocktail, nothing great to write about. In fact, I won't even recommend it.
The place is cool to check out, but you won't see me hanging out here.
Really laid back bar with a friendly mix of frenchies and expats. Just a good, dependable place where you'll always feel welcome.
I recommend the nachos (loaded with fresh salsa, guac, and sour cream) and espresso martinis. I should specify that I don't order these both in one sitting. I have a feeling espresso martinis aren't the best cocktail pairing for nachos, but hey you never know.
Was at the lizard back in April and finally have gotten around to writing the review. More for a lack of time than will. The minute you walk into the place your senses are delightfully touched with the sounds and smells of a great place to have a drink and something good to eat. I was tempted to call it a taste of home but the owner (can't find his card) is a pleasant Brit (or maybe Aussie) and adds a litte bit of relaxing friendliness in a town notorious for rude...uhm, well, everything. Anyway he and his cook put their own spin on many varieties of cultural food (nachos to burgers) and it is all very good and tasty.
They have some pretty cool t-shirts but didn't have my size. The owner said to send him an email from time to time and he would ship one off to me when he got some more made up. Like I said, a really nice guy.
If you're in the 3rd or 4th, I would recommend a swing by. I think you will like it.
The staff are not Lizards, only some of the customers, but I sure enjoyed the local lizards and the english speaking lizards... in other words a nice break from the French crowd if your having a problem speaking french, cause most everyone here speaks english lizard talk if you know what I mean, and if you do know then explain back to me cause I dont know what the hell Im talking about.. The only neg comment is their menu items are really apples or basic meals, nothing fancy
Center location, cool peeps, sexy servers, and they understand my Lizard english..
A group of us ducked in for cocktails one afternoon and fell in love with the place (cozy, friendly, and they made us Americans feel like we were in our own neighborhood bar). We returned for a Thanksgiving dinner the chef prepared and we were not disappointed. Our friends that live in Paris have since returned as they also love it. I will be back next time I'm in the beautiful city of lights!
The friend I visited raved about brunch at Lizard Lounge my entire weekend in Paris, so I had very high expectations when we finally go there Sunday afternoon. We walked in and it's just sort of a cafe... Hmm, is this it?
The menu is pretty much classic egg dishes - some fried eggs, eggs benedict, a few other items. But I have to tell ya - they knocked it out of the park! I loved it! They also made a killer bloody mary. Yum!
It's mostly an ex-pat place - the bulk of the people in here are English speakers of one type or another (British, Aussie, American, etc.), but I think everyone would enjoy Lizard Lounge.
An awesome bar for frequenting expats! And great burgers! The bartenders are super nice and friendly and make great drinks. You're almost guaranteed to meet great people here.
The prices are very reasonable, and the space is large and great for groups. There's a bar on the main floor as well as in the basement, and the margaritas are awesome. A great place to get silly drunk and meet new people!
My "japanese iced tea" otherwise known as a tokyo iced tea cost me a whooping 11.5 euros i think? place was relatively empty. they were showing soft porn at the bar. upstairs was closed for a private party. not enough seating.
there are better bars in bastille with much affordable prices.
Nice place to chill if you needed a little break from Parisian life.
The bartender was pretty awesome and spoke English. I accidently spilled a shot of tequila and he replaced it free of charge - of course he asked me if I had spilled it down my mouth... haha
We went during the time they had drink specials so it was 5 euros a pop.
The lounge uses its space wisely - there are several floors to choose from.
Not too much dancing, but it's a lounge, so just lounge around. No lizards in sight.
This was a great place to have dinner and some wine while you are surrounded by the beautiful sounds of French locals chatting around you. If you don't like to smoke, I recommend sitting inside as all the Parisians will be smoking outside. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They have a chalkboard menu also available in English if you can't read French. I felt welcomed and comfortable eating there by myself, and enjoyed my wine and roast chicken. The place is also very fair priced considering the location.
Lizards don't lounge here, but you should.
I've been to the Lizard Lounge a couple of times and after having been to the Yono, not far from there, I wonder why I like one and not the other. Maybe it's because the Lizard Lounge has no pretention and it manages to succeed where the other one fails. A DJ bar in the long basement, awfully crowded, a bar-restaurant on the ground floor. But it's even more cosmopolite, friendly and unpretentious. When you will listen to what their DJs are playing, you'd better be very open-minded. It's a mix of rock, pop and dance. But never mind! The atmosphere is joyful and friendly and that's what it counts and 5-6 euro for a pint, it's quite fair for the pleasure given to us.
Just like other yelpers say, if u need to find some comfort zone in this scary french world, this is the place. Basic drinks, nothing fancy cocktails like in big city in us. In fact most of the cocktails are traditional ones. Basic beers on tap. Cheap wine, of course, nice ambiance, nice music.
Cute basement cave-like areas and separate bar. Super nice friendly staff who made us good drinks!
A loud, fun neighborhood place for late at night. Several French reviewers commend the food, but we have never eaten here. The drinks are excellent. The small bar stays active at all hours with a young, eclectic clientele. There are definitely better places in the area for a quiet conversation, but when you've run out of things to talk about, you can come here for people-watching.
My favorite bar in all of France. I've been here about 10 times and I get lost trying to find it every time. If you are looking to kind of get out of Paris for the night and kind of back to an American style place then try this place out.
3.5 stars a fun pub that's reliably open rain or shine. chalkboards all over lists an array of libations like a do-not-miss mojito. wide selection of wines, beer and decent grub. trios & quartets play soft jazz some nights, too. frequented by many english-speakers whose lives bring them to Paris from the four corners.
The drinks are strong and the place seemed to be pretty busy for a weeknight. The night I was there, there were group of overly drunk 18 year old american girls (I know because they drunkenly proclaimed their age to anyone who got within talking distance of them) but also some more respectable 20 and 30 somethings. The bartenders were friendly and fast at making the cocktails on the menu, but i asked for a gimlet for my second drink and he looked at me like I had made it up then said "we don't make those, here's the menu." For the record, a gimlet could easily have been made since it just requires lime juice and either gin or vodka and maybe a splash of soda. Considering they have a list of 40 cocktails many of which contain lime juice, vodka or gin. So he gets minus one star for severe lack of basic bartending knowledge. Oddly they make their mojitos with molasses instead of a simple syrup which allows the drink to maintain its clearness but they're still pretty tasty and lethal.
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