Along with cheese, baguettes and, of course, the beret, wine is one of the most distinctive symbols, if not the most distinctive, of France. Difficult, therefore, to be in Paris and not set foot at least once in a wine bar. The capital is packed with them, so here’s a quick rundown of the main wine bars in Paris.
Authentic: Le Baron Rouge
A veritable institution, the Baron Rouge (Red Baron) is situated a stone’s throw away from the Aligre market. Accompanied by a charcuterie board and even oysters on Sundays, you’ll be able to try out the best French vintages in a relaxed atmosphere and authentic setting. Watch out, though, it gets really busy.
Added bonus: you can buy wine to take away and fill your own bottles.
1, Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012
Ledru Rollin metro station
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm
And on Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Gourmet: Frenchie wine bar
An annex of the famous restaurant of the same name just opposite, this wine bar benefits from the talents of the chef over the road and serves top quality tapas. As for wine, there are sixty or so bottles on the wine list, all reasonably priced.
Added bonus: gourmet cuisine.
6, rue du Nil, 75002
Sentier metro station
Open Monday to Friday from 7pm to 10.30pm
Top of the Range: La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
There’s no point looking…you won’t find any cheap plonk here. And you’ll only get top notch food too. Italian charcuterie, vintage wines and sophisticated desserts are all on the menu. An intimate, stylish atmosphere and a clientele of wine experts.
Added bonus: Glass of mystery wine and a free bottle if you identify it.
7, rue Lobineau, 75006
Open every day from 6pm to 2am
The twins: Le Garde Robe
Le Garde Robe has two addresses, but the recipe remains the same: natural, organic or biodynamic wines in quite a chic and very open atmosphere. Prices are a little high, but the quality is superb and advice is on offer on the (long) list of wines.
Added bonus: good advice from the owner
41 Rue Arbre Sec, 75001
Louvre-Rivoli metro station
or 4, rue Bridaine, 75017
Rome / La Fourche metro
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 10.30pm
Futuristic: Wine by One
With around a hundred bottles in self-service dispensers, the primary aim of this bar is to let you try out different wines and train your palate. Detailed fact sheets, touch screens and a smart card to record the wines which have impressed you. As proof of its success, the brand has just opened a second concept store in the golden triangle.
Added bonus: The 3 in 1 concept which includes a wine merchant service and a wine-tasting club during theme nights.
9, rue des Capucines, 75001
Or 27, rue de Marignan, 75008
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 10pm and on Saturdays from 3pm to 8pm
And obviously there’s nothing stopping you from browsing through the telephone directory or roaming the streets to find your ideal little wine bar, but remember, always in moderation!