Express de Lyon

Although it appears on first glance like any other train station-adjacent café-bar, this place is a must for serious beer geeks in Paris.  Their rotating selection of taps includes craft beers from all around Europe (some favorites: Craig Allan’s hoppy French brews, BrewDog’s assertive beers from Scotland, and the kooky but delicious offerings from Denmark’s “nomad” brewery, Evil Twin).  For the less adventurous, they also pour more well-known Belgians like Chouffe, Chimay, and Leffe.  The bartenders know their stuff, and are happy to talk beer with greenhorns and aficionados alike

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 1 rue de Lyon, 75012
Nearest transport: Gare de Lyon (1, 14)
Hours: Every day, 8am-12:30am
Telephone: 01 43 43 21 32
Average price for beer: 7-9.50€ for pints, 4-6€ for 33cl bottles
Number of taps: 15
Average price for food: 5-12€
Food options: café standards

Additional reviews

Express de Lyon page on Beer Advocate

Bières by Elizabeth (2012) “C’est un véritable rêve éveillé : la carte de bières est époustouflante, détaillée sur ardoise, la carte brasserie sans chichis, avec de vrais bons produits. Le Croque Madame arrive épais à souhait, gratiné comme il faut, avec du bon jambon, du bon fromage, du moelleux en veux –tu en- voilà, le service est de qualité, le serveur sympa, attentionné, sans prétention…”

3 Replies to “Express de Lyon”

  1. Sonny, I have probably been to more beer bars than most people, and this place is great. Reserve your comments for a place you actually know.

  2. Had a BrewDog and some other more unusual stuff when I visited in 2014. The scene is a mix of travellers and people who are there for the beer. People behind the bar clearly are seriously into beer and were helpful.

    Just a note on the negative comment by the person who hasn’t even been to the bar. The article doesn’t use the term “craft” to describe any of the beers, nor does it say that those Belgian beers are the reason to visit this bar. With the exception perhaps of Leffe, those other Belgians are not particularly ubiquitous in Paris in my experience. Nor is it true that you can find even Leffe “literally” anywhere in the world. Apart from that, thank you for enlightening us!

  3. Haven’t visited this one yet but if Chouffe, Chimay, and Leffe (which you can literally find anywhere in the world) are considered craft beers…

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