All the same, Mardi Café is a really good experience for the CIDEF student. It is an activity to encourage the mixing and mingling of foreigners and locals to share culture and language over a pint of beer. Incredibly fun and you can expect jumping from one language to another at anytime making it a real exercise of the brain as well. I came up with a list of the bars that tend to be on the Mardi Café list and their different personalities as there is always a bar to suit your mood.
Directly perpendicular to la gare this is also the Mardi Café bar where you’re most likely to meet non-student locals. It tends to be a favorite for male 20- and 30-somethings who love to watch sports on the huge flat screen TVs. A lively place, if you’re looking to spending quality time with the people with you then you’re best avoiding it. Game night (almost every night) doesn’t leave much room).
Best place to…watch the game with buds, get a Cointreaupolitan, play pool, meet locals
Worst place to…pay for cocktails (said Cointreaupolitan is usually 12 euros…ouch), bring a crowd
La Rue Bressiny’s interpretation of a British pub resembles a college bar but when you have so many American fans that leave tokens of their home universities behind, it is bound to happen. The bartenders obviously love it and also love speaking English. Make really good friends with them and they’ll play your favorite music as soon as they see you in the bar.
This could easily be called the party bar as it attracts the most Anglophones and probably hence the most noise. A good way to jump into a Falstaff evening is to first going to the Kebap, T’Chips, right next door where they exclusively sell “The Falstaff sandwich,” which usually tends to be on special every Tuesday conveniently enough.
Best place to…grab a beer and dance, leave your Alma Mater’s mark
Worst place…to exclusively drink all night because this can be the most expensive bar as well, expect hygiene
Worst place to…Dance, “really party”