Bar le Saint Nicolas

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71 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Dijon, France
Bar le Saint Nicolas - The table football got lively later.
Bar le Saint Nicolas - Were they trying to make me homesick?
Bar le Saint Nicolas - The glasses could drink this rubbis better than me.
Bar le Saint Nicolas - A very fine bar.

Bar le Saint Nicolas Dijon Reviews

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Just my kind of place. May 01, 2017
I suppose it was almost inevitable really. I had started the day in Nancy with a couple of beers followed by a trip to Dijon and a most wonderful day of sightseeing (see separate tips on this journal entry and those subsequently) which naturally involved a few more beers. With planxty being tired, inordinately thirsty and ever so slightly off the beaten track there was only one thing for it and that was to hit the bar. I would not say I was lost, I just wasn't not entirely sure where I was but I knew I was safe as my digs were right by the station and that couldn't be too hard to find surely.

Thus decided, I happened upon the Bar Le St. Nicolas and a quick surreptitious glance at the guys sitting smoking outside (never stare) coupled with another one through the window indicated that this may very well be planxty territory, allow me to explain. Whilst I can do it, I am not a huge fan of overpriced and terribly trendy establishments and this was certainly not one of those. A few tattoos on display from the guys outside coupled with what appeared to be fairly ribald chat, no frills apparent inside and I was in like a shot to find that my quick recce had been entirely correct. I like places with a bit of an edge, a bit of life and this was certainly it. No, I do not want to go to a bar where I am going to be stabbed or shot but this was just what I wanted.

Certainly I was pretty rough looking and so no eyebrows were raised until I opened my mouth to let loose with some of my pretty awful French which obviously marked me as a foreigner. I suspect this is a rarity here and did cause the odd glance but nothing hostile at all. A quick chat with the server as to a recommendation for beer produced a very well-kept and welcome but eminently forgettable St. Omer which I do not remember having had before but know now is a brew from the Pas de Calais region some distance away. This only makes sense to me as of a few minutes ago whilst researching this review when I discovered it is owned by the Heineken global monster. No surprise there then.

I took a seat in the corner and settled to watch the sport on one of the large screens adjacent. I noticed that there was a table football next to me which was no problem at that time although it did get busy later in the evening when all the young people / students piled in. Certainly the prices are very competitive which may encourage them although it did lead to a couple of injudicious elbows in the ear or shoulder from over-exuberant practitioners of the table football art but always done with good humour and effuse apologies and never a hint of aggression.

OK, the beer was fairly average and in normal circumstances I would probably have tried to visit several more bars on my way home but I think the fact that my saved images tell me I was here for over three and a half hours probably tells the reader all they need to know.

A very fine bar.
The glasses could drink this rubbi…
Were they trying to make me homesi…
The table football got lively late…
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