Rugby World Cup Countdown in Paris

Getting in the mood for partying? The normally sluggish return to Paris for ‘la rentree’ or back to school should take on a whole new attitude. It’s time to stake out your bar stool at your local pub or brasserie to if you haven’t already bought your Rugby World Cup Tickets for this soldout event.

Here are some suggestions for Paris pubs/brasseries/cafes for viewing the Rugby World Cup:

My personal choices would be:

The Bombardier Pub
2 Place du Pantheon 5eme

It’s located directly across from Eglise St. Genevieve and the Pantheon. Nice atmosphere and good pub grub.

The Financier & Firkin Pub (part of a chain)
15, rue du Depart
Metro: Montparnasse
We watched a soccer match here. The big screens are fine and the beer is good but I didn’t find the barmaid who served us to be overly friendly. A little work on the charm factor (although English is spoken).




Cafe de la Liberte
Metro: Edgar Quinet
Good place for serious rugby fans. Friendly conversation in French. Needless to say, you’d want to be cheering for ‘Les Bleus’.

Here are some other suggestions with addresses listed at
I haven’t been to these pubs yet but they come with good recommendation.

Frog & Rosbif
116 Rue St. Denis 2eme

16 Rue des Quatres Vents, St. Germain-des-Pres

BBC offers some good suggestions for Expat Bars in Paris.

If you are determined to watch Rugby with a good beer in hand, I’d suggest taking a quick look at the best places for beer in Paris at the

I was delighted to see that two of the top five picks for great beer in Paris – Marine and Le Falstaff – happen to be in my hood – Montparnasse. P.S. I love the Bierezone graphics – delightfully happy beer.

Strictly English speaking? Not to worry! Here’s an excellent guide to prime beer-drinking for the English speaking beer connoisseur: Classic City Brew

Getting in the mood.

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