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Habs Fans Get Their Hockey Fix In Paris

from Jim Withers at the Montreal Gazette,

The hockey-stick door handles are a giveaway: This is no typical Parisian brasserie.

You don’t come here to soak up Paris’s bohemian lifestyle, savour foie gras or fantasize about hanging out with Hemingway and Toulouse-Lautrec.

You come here for burgers, poutine, beer — and to get your Habs fix.

In the heart of the world’s most romantic city, The Great Canadian Pub has for more than eight years been an oasis for homesick, museum-weary North Americans. On the tourist-heavy Left Bank only a short stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral, hockey-starved visitors find salvation here and communion with their fellow Canadiens faithful.

While TGC, as it is commonly known, shows other sports on its overhead TV screens, hockey rules here — an overturned hockey helmet serves as the barmaids’ tip jar — and the Canadiens are, for all intents and purposes, the home team.


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gowings's avatar

Great article

Posted by gowings from MTL on 11/07/13 at 10:23 AM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

I’ve been there, had a Moosehead (brewed in Saint John, N.B.)!

However, it was full of (American) football fans watching a game… sacrilege! Maybe, if it were a CFL game, just maybe, it would be acceptable.

American football in a place called “The Great Canadian Pub” - as the French would say: “Pfffffffffffff”

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 11/07/13 at 12:04 PM ET

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