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Cyberman
16th May 2008, 12:26
:tantrum: I visited Paris for a couple of days this week to see an old friend. We went to the Bastille area to a bar called 'BAR BAT'. There was a sign outside stating 'HAPPY HOUR' which generally means that drinks prices are half price between 7pm and 9pm.

So, we sat down at about 7.30pm and had a couple of pints of lager each and as the normal price was a hefty 6.50 Euros(over 5 quid!!) per beer we expected a bill for 4 x 3.25 = 13 Euros. The bill was 27 Euros(over 21 quid) for the four beers and we queried their 'mistake', whereby they pointed to very small print at the bottom of the drinks menu which said basically that happy hour gets you a discount of .5 Euro per beer!!!!!

After quite a long argument with the staff we reluctantly paid, but I did tell the management that I would certainly be making people aware of their 'underhand' practice on the internet. :tantrum:

Moscow Mule
16th May 2008, 12:30
Schoolboy error I'm afraid.

Always check the terms of "Happy Hour" as they vary from bar to bar (let alone country to country).

MrRobin
16th May 2008, 12:32
Is this a joke? Are you a plank? What makes you think all 'Happy Hours' across the world mean half price?

:rolleyes:

oracleslave
16th May 2008, 12:33
Is this a joke? Are you a plank? What makes you think all 'Happy Hours' across the world mean half price?

:rolleyes:

You made my sides splinter

ASB
16th May 2008, 12:36
:tantrum: I visited Paris for a couple of days this week to see an old friend. We went to the Bastille area to a bar called 'BAR BAT'. There was a sign outside stating 'HAPPY HOUR' which generally means that drinks prices are half price between 7pm and 9pm.

So, we sat down at about 7.30pm and had a couple of pints of lager each and as the normal price was a hefty 6.50 Euros(over 5 quid!!) per beer we expected a bill for 4 x 3.25 = 13 Euros. The bill was 27 Euros(over 21 quid) for the four beers and we queried their 'mistake', whereby they pointed to very small print at the bottom of the drinks menu which said basically that happy hour gets you a discount of .5 Euro per beer!!!!!

After quite a long argument with the staff we reluctantly paid, but I did tell the management that I would certainly be making people aware of their 'underhand' practice on the internet. :tantrum:

The "Frog + Rosbif" at the bottom end of Rue st Denis :o http://www.frogpubs.com/english-pub.php?pub=2 does about 25% off on thursdays till 9. Also their pints are pints not 500's.

Sausage Surprise
16th May 2008, 12:37
:tantrum: I visited Paris for a couple of days this week to see an old friend. We went to the Bastille area to a bar called 'BAR BAT'. There was a sign outside stating 'HAPPY HOUR' which generally means that drinks prices are half price between 7pm and 9pm.

So, we sat down at about 7.30pm and had a couple of pints of lager each and as the normal price was a hefty 6.50 Euros(over 5 quid!!) per beer we expected a bill for 4 x 3.25 = 13 Euros. The bill was 27 Euros(over 21 quid) for the four beers and we queried their 'mistake', whereby they pointed to very small print at the bottom of the drinks menu which said basically that happy hour gets you a discount of .5 Euro per beer!!!!!

After quite a long argument with the staff we reluctantly paid, but I did tell the management that I would certainly be making people aware of their 'underhand' practice on the internet. :tantrum:

The bar owner will be distraught at the loss of business from 50 people on here (of which probably zero are planning a trip to that particular bar in Paris in the next 5 years)

Cyberman
16th May 2008, 12:39
Schoolboy error I'm afraid.

Always check the terms of "Happy Hour" as they vary from bar to bar (let alone country to country).



Wherever in the world I have been, and I have been to and worked in many countries, and happy hour has been advertised, the discount has been approx 50%. In fact, in another bar in Paris the previous night we did get 50% discount.

My view is that a .5 Euro discount on a 6.5 Euro beer is hardly 'happy hour' and is in fact 'sharp practice' and should be illegal if not openly displayed. They deserve to lose as many customers as possible, as far as I am concerned. :banana:

dang65
16th May 2008, 12:43
My view is that a .5 Euro discount on a 6.5 Euro beer is hardly 'happy hour'
Maybe the French are just less miserable to start with?

Cyberman
16th May 2008, 12:43
The bar owner will be distraught at the loss of business from 50 people on here (of which probably zero are planning a trip to that particular bar in Paris in the next 5 years)


This is just one of the sites I am posting this on, and the main thing is that it makes me feel a bit better. I hate dishonesty!!!! :rolleyes:

EternalOptimist
16th May 2008, 12:45
Thats nothing
I tried to get a beer in the 'Bar Mitzva' near the pastille and they wanted to look at the end of me knob before they would serve me






:rolleyes:

Sausage Surprise
16th May 2008, 12:45
This is just one of the sites I am posting this on, and the main thing is that it makes me feel a bit better. I hate dishonesty!!!! :rolleyes:

It does you good to have a rant now and again..:happy

MrRobin
16th May 2008, 12:46
Looks like you were ripped off twice... 6.50 with a 0.50 discount is 6 euros. 4 x 6 = 24. You were charged 27 you say?

oracleslave
16th May 2008, 12:47
Thats nothing
I tried to get a beer in the 'Bar Mitzva' near the pastille and they wanted to look at the end of me knob before they would serve me






:rolleyes:

:laugh :laugh :laugh:rollin:

Moscow Mule
16th May 2008, 12:48
Wherever in the world I have been, and I have been to and worked in many countries, and happy hour has been advertised, the discount has been approx 50%. In fact, in another bar in Paris the previous night we did get 50% discount.

My view is that a .5 Euro discount on a 6.5 Euro beer is hardly 'happy hour' and is in fact 'sharp practice' and should be illegal if not openly displayed. They deserve to lose as many customers as possible, as far as I am concerned. :banana:

I've worked in most countries in Eastern Europe, along with Australia, the Lebanon and Northern Africa for some period of time. At no time was 50% off the defacto standard.

Most of the places I've been to recently happy hour has been about 33% off.

I expect the terms of the happy hour were displayed openly in 8 point font for all to see.

If you're that troubled by it complain to the local trading standards agency. They seem to kick off in France about the slightest consumer infringement so you might actually get the place shut down.

Pondlife
16th May 2008, 12:50
Is this a joke? Are you a plank? What makes you think all 'Happy Hours' across the world mean half price?

:rolleyes:

Putdown of the day thus far.

The only reason the French would do anything about this was if the menu was in English!

Bagpuss
16th May 2008, 12:52
Call me paranoid but I always check the potential damage before buying several rounds, especially when abroad, Paris is well know for ripping off pint drinkers.

oracleslave
16th May 2008, 12:53
Call me paranoid but I always check the potential damage before buying several rounds, especially when abroad, Paris is well know for ripping off pint drinkers.

:spel tighter than a nun's nasty

Cyberman
16th May 2008, 12:54
Looks like you were ripped off twice... 6.50 with a 0.50 discount is 6 euros. 4 x 6 = 24. You were charged 27 you say?


Yes!!!!! It's disgusting, and sums up the arrogant French attitude to tourists. I hope they get hit hard in the imminent recession.

I noticed also that a pretty basic hotel(Hotel Cluny) I stayed at in 1998 which were then charging 50 Euros a night, now charge 150 Euros for a single room. I'm surprised anybody goes to Paris nowadays!!! :eek:

Bagpuss
16th May 2008, 12:56
:spel tighter than a nun's nasty

That too, but seldom ripped off.

ASB
16th May 2008, 12:57
Call me paranoid but I always check the potential damage before buying several rounds, especially when abroad, Paris is well know for ripping off pint drinkers.

It's always bloody expensive at the best of times. One price at the zinc, another one sitting down, a different one on the terrace and then the majoration at 10pm (in some places).

A beer in my hotel last last week was 9 Euro. Bloody good job the company's paying.

Cyberman
16th May 2008, 12:57
I've worked in most countries in Eastern Europe, along with Australia, the Lebanon and Northern Africa for some period of time. At no time was 50% off the defacto standard.

Most of the places I've been to recently happy hour has been about 33% off.

I expect the terms of the happy hour were displayed openly in 8 point font for all to see.

If you're that troubled by it complain to the local trading standards agency. They seem to kick off in France about the slightest consumer infringement so you might actually get the place shut down.



The terms were NOT OPENLY DISPLAYED. That is why I am angry....... and obviously they were not for a reason!!:spank:

Moscow Mule
16th May 2008, 13:05
Call me paranoid but I always check the potential damage before buying several rounds, especially when abroad, Paris is well know for ripping off pint drinkers.

You're paranoid, but probably with good reason.

I heard the tale of two chaps I was working with in Budapest when it just becoming civilised again (1999ish). They had gone to a t***y bar and had been presented with a menu for drinks, very reasonable - two beers and a whisky each please. On coming to leave they were presented with a bill for 10x as much, a menu with the inflated prices to prove it and two rather large, mean looking gentlemen.

expat
16th May 2008, 15:39
Call me paranoid but I always check the potential damage before buying several rounds, especially when abroad, Paris is well know for ripping off pint drinkers.Well, they are just not selling what Brits probably think they are buying. A drink in a cafe is not just a drink, it's a fee to sit in their space. It should last you an hour, after all you're out for socialising aren't you, intoxicating yourself you can do at home. And 1 drink is a half-pint, so you're having 2 each time. That's 4 drinks, enough for a whole evening out. 13.50€ is pretty cheap for that, don't you think?