My friend K brought me to a bar in Opera first but we found the supposedly “hip” bar a total bore so we went to Bastille instead and tried our luck there. Bastille reminded me of Malate in Manila – lots of bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, bistros lining up the streets of Bastille. K told me that it is most popular to the younger crowds since the prices of the establishments in this area are mid-range. So if you’re a traveler on a budget but would not want to miss out on the lively nightlife of Paris, head to Bastille.
Being a Saturday, the place was packed. It was actually only 9pm when we went there but we already had a hard time looking for an empty table in the bars/clubs. K initially brought me to a club. Yes, a club. I forgot to tell her that I have long retired myself from going into clubs because the loud music gives me a mini heart attack – comes with the age I guess or maybe I have already reached the adult’s maturity level. Hooray for me!
So we went to the next door pub/bar called Yellow Mad Monkey which is an American bar with an interior which looks like you’ve walked inside a jungle. It was a bit grungy but the crowd is a little more laidback – everybody looks like they’re all having a good time without the need to be flashy. It was full, K approached a guy who she has mistaken to be a waiter and asked for a table for two. The guy who was probably mesmerized by my friend’s beauty immediately fixed two chairs at the bar and offered each of us a free shot of tequila which we gladly took of course. I then later realized that he wasn’t working at the bar when he joined some other people behind us and didn’t look like he was assisting them to get a seat. LOL. It was a fun night but I wouldn’t give all the credits to the bar itself as it was mostly because I had a good company with me.
We left the bar at around 1 am since I need to wake up early the next day to go to Strasbourg. That was my last night in Paris and it was a really good way to cap off my Parisian trip. Thanks to K and her warm hospitality. She made sure that we’ll have some time together even if she herself is one busy bee in this lovely city of Paris.