You can walk into a place and immediately start chatting with the people behind the bar. There are fun details to observe that show what the bar is like, like the decor, different pictures, signs, trophies, and posters. Then you can chat with the clients as you photograph them and find out what they are doing in Paris. All in all, you leave the bar having had a really good night, feeling that you have made some friends and taken some great photographs.
On arriving at Le Violin Dingue, it was pretty un-busy as compared to other bars, even if it was about ten o' clock and the place should have been starting to fill up. Then I found out that the bar stays open until 5am, and that it’s the only one in the area open that late. I got chatting to the guy behind the bar – and turns out he used to work at the same bar that I work at now. One free cocktail then came my way... “It’s on Jack” (our mutual boss). By 1am there were bouncers at the door, and by 3am the bar was heaving…a great night all round, and a great bar to visit!
The day starts at a café, generally with a friend, and then I run errands for my boss on my vintage bike, Jean Pierre. Bikes are the most enjoyable form of transport, especially when the sky is blue. During the summer, I would try to take an hour to soak up the sun in Luxembourg Gardens. The Irish bar I work at is near the Centre Pompidou, so I like popping in there, too. When Happy Hour approaches, I meet up with friends and go to a bar, maybe in St. Germain, Bastille, or up in Montmartre.