We're on the hunt for neutral venues in the city to hold English conversation evenings, discussion evenings, etc. Some cafés close at 6 or 7. Others become restaurants and really want to serve meals. One of our chaps is looking for places, but I spotted a couple of possibilities that seemed promising.
One is a café run by an association, a club. You have to join the club at a annual membership fee of 5€ before you can buy a coffee, but once you do then coffee is 1€, tea is 2€ etc.
Some days of the week they run a working café, where you pay by the hour and then drinks and snacks are free.
Then there's the workshops. There's vocal workshops, yoga, and a café philo run. I wanted to get the measure of the place, so I went along.
The Café philo ran from 7pm to 8:30, cost 3€ entrance fee, and water was provided to drink. There were about 15 to 20 people present, all ages, though mostly student age. It was set up as one big group with the teacher in the middle keeping the discussion going mostly by asking questions. He was helped by a young woman. The topic under discussion was "Are beliefs always contrary to reason."
I don't think any one person dominated the discussion (he said, rather too hurriedly) though there were a couple of people who didn't say anything at all. The leader said that he would not make everyone contribute.
As evenings go it was OK. It would not be impossible to imagine running an English evening there, though numbers would be limited.