You can learn a lot about a place by tasting its wines. Whether it’s a chilled glass of white on a hot afternoon, a rich red to cap off the evening or a glass of bubbly to celebrate, these wine bars are some of the best places to taste the region’s terroir. We have selected seven bars located throughout the capital of this first wine country, from foodie hotspots to traditional neighbourhood hangouts – all places where you are able to enjoy a glass of wine with a very simple plate of cheese, charcuterie or other tiny delicacies. Our travel contributor, Jacob Kleinman, has been to all of these places and has some great insights on where to find a good bottle of wine.
Le Baron Rouge
A favorite neighborhood hangout for uncooked seafood fans and a practical pit stop for people who are seeking a cheap glass of a wine plus a rest from marketplace ambling and shopping in the Marché d’Aligre, Le Baron Rouge is a little wine bar, however customers spill out to the street on winter evenings to buy and suck fresh oysters. The oysters arrive with just a little lemon and a piece of bread (cheese and charcuterie also a choice ), and the wine is poured straight from the barrel.
Located around the corner from the famous Hotel Lutetia, Au Sauvignon has been owned and run by the exact same family since 1954. The little, glass enclosed wine bar manages to come across as equally cozy and chic thanks to the luxury clientele and conservative decor. Despite the name that indicates the bar would specialize in Sauvignon types, this place is well known for its Beaujolais (light, refreshing reds), and supplies a vast sampling of a few of the greatest varieties. Au Sauvignon also serves up tasty tartines (open-faced cakes ) on Poilane bread.
A bar menu featuring natural wine and the wonderful home cooking of Raquel Carena bring the occasional tourist equally to Le Baratin, a small, noisy wine bar located in the vibrant Belleville neighborhood in northeastern Paris. Reservations are advised. The 16-euro lunch menu is among the greatest deals in Paris (please note, prices are suspect to modify at any time).
Le Verre Volé
This cozy (read: tiny) wine bar nestled under a block away in the trendy Canal St Martin area is the darling of this youthful foodie set. Owner Cyril Bordarier and chef Delphine Zampetti team up to offer an superb choice of wines, little and large plates. There is a very good selection of organic wines and vintages out of little, up-and-coming vintners. The cuisine is French and Spanish-inspired and based on the very first of easy but excellent ingredients: attempt the wonderful heirloom tomato salad or pan-seared octopus; the cheese and charcuterie plates will also be excellent. The”cavistes” are always pleased to recommend wines from the shelves to match your meal or palate. The place is small, so make sure that you book several days ahead.
Cave du Miroir
The wine bar extension of Le Miroir, the bistro owned by Sébastian Guénard and Matthieu Buffet and located just across the street, the Cave presents easy appetizers (charcuterie, cheese and radishes) as well as a daily special, to accompany an eclectic wine list.
Frenchie Bar à Vins
Located across the street from Frenchie, a restaurant notoriously tough to get a reservation for, this wine bar annex offers small plates at small prices, with an global wine list featuring plenty of bottles accessible to most budgets. Do not overlook the house-smoked trout, one of head chef Gregory Marchand’s signature dishes. The pub can only accommodate 15 people, so if you are hoping to be seated quickly show up at 7 sharp.
Fish La Boissonnerie
Situated on the Western border of this Latin Quarter, this wine bar is a focal point of the American community in Paris and also a place where English is spoken more often then French. The pub is housed in an old fish store and the owners have left the art-deco mosaics in the market on the walls. Fish is a favorite foodie place, with a wine list chosen by Juan Manchez, who owns the local wine store La Dernière Goutte. It also has numerous decent vegetarian choices.