Party Earth Review “A taste of England in the heart of Paris” is what The Bombardier claims to offer to its mix of nostalgic Brits and thirsty students, and by the Queen’s knickers, it does not fail to deliver. Nestled in a snug corner... ... read full review
2 Place du Pantheon
10: Cardinal Lemoine
01 43 54 79 22
Menu served daily noon–2:30pm
Latin Quarter - 5eme, Paris –
“A taste of England in the heart of Paris” is what The Bombardier claims to offer to its mix of nostalgic Brits and thirsty students, and by the Queen’s knickers, it does not fail to deliver.
Nestled in a snug corner of the Place du Pantheon, the bar features dark wood, brass beer pumps, and plush red carpets that reek – sometimes literally – of Old England.
British cask ales and traditional grub are available to expats seeking a taste of home, while potent cocktails like classic mojitos and Long Island iced teas promise a quick buzz beyond nationalistic boundaries.
The later it gets, the more students from the nearby Pantheon-Sorbonne University pour in with bags groaning under the weight of books. Seating themselves in the cozy lounge, with its red paisley carpet and dark brown benches, these anglophile Francophones largely ignore the TV screens, preferring to discuss projects or the internship they’re about to start.
But quaint English charm isn’t the only strand on “The Bomb’s” bow, which also touts a well-used dartboard and big screens dedicated to soccer, rugby, and cricket, so there’s always a guffawing group of lads ready to watch a match.
The Bombardier is many things to many people – a taste of home, a cozy sports bar, and a local watering hole for university students – but the important thing is, it manages to be all these things explosively well.
Grizzled male British pub warriors, French students, young expats, English-speaking natives tired of being forced to order in their halting French, UK sports fans, 20s to 30s+.
British indie tunes dominate the sound system.
Flat-screens tuned to UK sports.
Student Night on Mondays offers Happy Hour pricing to anyone with a student card.
Quiz Night on Sundays at 9pm.
Chess tournament on the last Thursday of the month from 7pm.
Full menu of traditional British fare served daily noon–2:30pm. Pizzas from the Italian restaurant next door available in the evenings.
Full English breakfast M–Sa noon–2:30pm and Su noon–3pm.
Sunday roast noon–3pm.
Happy Hour daily 5–9pm.
Appetizers €5–€6, breakfast €14, entrées €9–€12.50, Sunday roast €12–€17, desserts €6. Beer €6–€7, wine €4.50/glass or €12/half-liter or €22–€27/bottle, cocktails €8.50–€9.50.
Casual: university hoodies, ratty jeans, fleeces, slacks, loafers, fitted sweaters, non-designer brand dresses, comfy flats.
Friday and Saturday nights promise the biggest showing of university kids, and the British obsession with pub quizzes is resoundingly evident on Sunday nights. Student night on Mondays also promises a feisty young crowd.
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