Le Sylène straddles a couple of streets slightly south of the centre of Toulouse. One door opens out to rue Metz, the other to rue Riguepels. If the local guides are anything to go by the official address is 60 rue Metz. One commenter on City Vox gives it 4 stars and has this to say, "Un bar qui une fois ne paye pas de mine à première vue. Le décor et l’ameublement atypique, mais pas désagréable. Chose rare : ai venu avec des amis…" So, there you are, must be good then. The big selling point is the view. There’s something very big, very old and very beautiful just over the other side of the road. Here it is.
The view does make this a very popular warm weather place come apero time. The insides non-too shoddy either – all exposed brickwork, plastered with black & white photos for sale from €150 a piece and stylish red velor covered cozy seats. There are a couple of TV sets for the footie and the rugger. and there are three draft beers on offer including the attractively named Grimbergen which comes from Belgium. Apparently they started brewing the stuff in 1128. It’s quite the popular tipple in Toulouse.
Le Sylène is smoky. I don’t smoke, but I kinda like that passive nicotine hit when I’m in a café. I’ll miss when the country goes smokefree. Coffee comes at €1.50 courtesy of Folliet. Here are some more photos from Le Sylène.