Thought I would stick this picture up. It’s a painting by Andrew Gadd of my favourite bar in Paris, the Café Charbon.
The Café Charbon is a much loved bar/restaurant in what is also my favourite area of Paris so far, the vibrant Oberkampf neighbourhood. The Café Charbon boasts wide windows in which to sit and people watch while sipping wine. With its high ceilings, hanging lights and little booths it really is a beautiful and atmospheric bar in which to while away a rainy afternoon or evening in Paris. Been here twice but strangely have not been drunk in this place; have left that till after, although a few bottles of the best red wine I have tasted were consumed while sitting at the bar. It does get pretty packed on weekend nights though so get there early if you want a seat at the bar; and then don't even think about going to the toilets as your seat will be taken when you get back.
A tip from the Café Charbon bar staff - if you drink water with or after your wine it will get you drunk quicker. Something to do with the alcohol getting into your bloodstream quickly, not that I’ve ever found it hard to get drunk. The bar staff are very laid back and even filled my friend’s bag with ice in which to keep her champagne chilled on the way home. There is a Café Charbon in New York on the lower East Side now but the Café Charbon Oberkampf is the orginal.
Definitely worth a visit if in Paris.