We get it, you’re classy. You prefer the finer things in life, the wine‑r things in life, and so does Paris and well, all of France. Rest your pretty little papillesat one of these spots — selected by us as among Paris best wine bars.
Cave Vino Sapiens
Paris’ friendliest wine guy is Thierry, who leads a pack of wine-nerds in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, a neighborhood which, to be honest, is usually known for touristy mediocrity. But here, among the barrels and bottles, are charming Parisian wine experts who are sharing the spoils of their hunt– unique, small-batch, wines (sometimes TOO small-batch, as when your Editor fell in love with a dazzling bottle of white something after our PARIS » D E F I N E D team party there recently and tottered back in to replenish her own ‘cave’, only to find that it had all been claimed by in-the-know neighbors…dommage.) And — the truffled Croque Monsieur is what you came to Paris for…When the weather is nice, snatch the outdoor seating to people (sometimes famous-as-all-hell people, not naming names, though) watch…
Do you want to like natural and biodynamic wines but you are afraid of coming out to skepticism and derision by wine snobs who think sediement is not-so-chic? Fear not, you won’t be shunned at A Lot of Wine. (Or in le Marais in general…) Out of the closet and into a deep selection of some of Paris’ most interesting wines we go. The Editor of this esteemed publication is never not impressed, or at least intriguied by Jean-Noel and Baptiste’s talents for finding truly unique bottles — that’s why they are at the top of the list. That, and a truly rare phenomenon (at least in Paris): I always make a new friend here if I linger. My theory is that the proprietors set the tone (here, it’s unpretentious and adventurous) and the clientele follows, creating a lively and friendly scene even in a neighborhood saturated with wine bars (most of whom are not full all the time, I suspect due to the reverse of this experience…). Let ‘pet-nat’ (that’s petillant natural or sparkling natural) wines be your new BFF just a few minutes from the Notre Dame. One of my favorite, laid-back outdoor seating areas for the summer, just across from the River Seine and and the very bottom of the foodie/fashion/Jewish/history-nerd le Marais quarter.
ADDRESS: 54 Rue de l’Hotel de ville (4th arr.)
MÉTRO: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (line 1), Hotel de Ville (lines 1, 11)
A lot of places in Paris have this certain a‑bar-next-door vibe, but Olga takes it a step further, nearly teleporting you into the kitchen of the French grandma you’ve never had. Old wooden counters, homemade tableware and — what’s (obviously) the most important — unique cheeses and wine. A bit of a sweet tooth? Try their deliciously decadent desserts. And if you wander around there at lunch time, do not hesitate to try their daily choice of cheese sandwiches, on crusty baguette.
Eager for some adventure time? You definitely have to come check out Liquiderie - a place where you get out of your comfort zone and try new things while being totally snobbery-free. With their impressive collection of natural wines and craft beers on tap, there’s barely any chance you’ll try something more than once. Feeling overwhelmed? Ask the friendly bartenders for the recommendations based on your favourite tastes — or discover what you like trying out the mixes they create on the spot. The same creativity sprinkles are topping their menu list, so be sure to try some of their small plates to help all that vin you ~undoubtably~ will drink in that place.
Truffle, where have you been all my life? We came for the wine after a restaurateur friend insisted we not miss Pratz. He was on to something — we tried interesting and unexpected wines from far-flung wine regions but ended up inhaling a dinner’s worth of their cheeses and hams (truffled ham!) before the night was over. Dinner be damned, we rampaged through their wine list glass by glass, with each one worth going back for. In faux-seedy Pigalle, a harbor from the stormy nightlife scene.
Bonsoir, trendslutty 11th arrondissement! Land of our Parisian (mis-adventures)… Aux Deux Amis wine bar has a broad selection of wine, not to mention tapas such as their soup du jour and classic (but still amazingly delicious) baguette sandwiches. Outdoors beckons when the weather is nice so do your wine-ing with friends there if you can…
ADDRESS: 45 Rue Oberkampf (11th arr.)
MÉTRO: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5, 9)
With its pretty blue exterior and right-in-the-pulsing-center-of-things location, La Belle Hortense is a dandy shore upon which to wash up after eating your way through the foodie haven of Le Marais neighborhood…Settle down with a good book and a glass of wine to ponder all that pastry that just happened to you. Or just a glass of wine and no pretensions of being literary, or hell, even literate. They often host book events and readings and even when they aren’t putting on the ‘Look — I READ’ airs, you can buy wine by the glass, bottle, or carafe, for the I’m in an indy bookshop but drinking vibe. The walls are lined with bottles and quite a few rare books, so bienvenue á le bookworm’s dream.
As a natural wine cellar and authentic Italian bistro, Au Nouveau Nez is a bit of an outlier. But hey, Italian small plates, why not. The extensive selection of bottles line the walls from floor to ceiling, cocooning you in a boozily-blissful space for catching up with a friend over a glass.
Tucked away on a backstreet near the Panthéon, Café de la Nouvelle Mairie is a timeless café where you can gracefully demand that the staff bring you wine by the carafe and also eat French bistro cuisine with said carafe. As one of the pioneering ‘low-sulphur’ wine establishments when such notions were heresy, they continue to bear the ‘natural wines are good now, pick me pick me,’ torch…
ADDRESS: 19 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques (5th arr.)
MÉTRO: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10) or Luxembourg (RER B)
With a wine menu 30 pages long, you’re sure to find one to your liking. Their Head Sommelier likes to select wines with a story to tell, and 80% of the wines are organic, biodynamic, or vegan. The restaurant has delicious appetizers and plate selections to go with a glass (or bottle??) of wine. Founded by the author of the funny as hell book, ‘Stuff Parisians Like’, Oliver Magny.
DEETS: wine bar, wine tasting, restaurant, dinner. fancy
With an adorable baby blue exterior, La Buvette houses a curated array of wines as well as the small plates they seem to do at all wine bars for everyone who says they are just having one glass of wine but then it turns into dinner then shutting the place down on a schoolnight… It might be small and quaint, but everything from their latkes to their French-ified burgers are excellent pairings for a glass of wine, just let them show you the way…
Under the arches of the Marché Saint-Germain is the pretty terrace of L’Avant Comptoir du Marché. (Beaucoup ~atmosphere~) Have a seat on the welcoming patio and take your pick from 60-ish small plates (if the chic terrasse didn’t get your attention then how you like me now?). There are beaucoup organic wines to try, whether by the glass or the bottle.
This secret cellar was saved from the epic, metro-drenching, flood of 1910 and is a part of the luxurious Lapérouse restaurant. With wines from nearly 800 different and distinct parts of France, there is bound to be a bottle that you’ll love. The Cave has two hidden lounges: the Veuve Clicquot with its large tasting table, and the Salon d’Hôte for intimate viticulture experiences.
With a neon red sign, La Cave Du Paul Bert is hard to miss as you stalk the hallowed food street Rue Paul Bert. Yet another wee and narrow wine bar, there is just enough room to eat small plates standing at the wooden bar or potentially snag a seat on the terrace.
ADDRESS: 16 rue Paul Bert (11th arr.)
MÉTRO: Rue des Boulets (line 9), Charonne (line 9) or Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8)
HOW TO BOOK: no reservations
DEETS: wine bar, open daily, small plates, French cuisine
La Cave de Belleville is a wine bar and cellar in a refurbished leather supply shop, and they’ve continued the spirit by keeping the original furniture and exposed brick wall. It has real rustic, trendy-neighborhood charm and they offer organic or biodynamic wine with an epic selection. Every third Thursday, they organize a thematic tasting event for up to 20 people with an assortment of wines, charcuterie, and cheeses. After your street art tour, hit ‘refresh’ on your day with a wine-soaked evening that is rich in the vitamins and minerals that plants crave.
Located in the 19th arrondissement, Le Canon d’Achille focuses on (mostly) natural wines that surprise and delight, along with a (you guessed it) small plates and charcuterie and cheese boards (we call them’ planches’ here in France). Come enjoy the rarified ambiance of the main (albiet lowkey) red light district of Paris if you alight on their outdoor terrace on a sunny day or retreat into the warm atmosphere of the bar inside if that’s too much reality for you.
Dilettantes Cave à Champagne is a champagne shop that hosts 25 Champagne vineyards making over 130 champagne selections to choose from to take home or to try at a Champagne tasting. They offer lunch tastings, gourmet terroir tastings, and even caviar tastings. Each week they also offer à la carte tastings with each glass starting at 9€.
In a small yet mighty space, Déviant is an open kitchen restaurant serving up gourmet cuisine from renowned chef Pierre Touitou and his partner Arnoud Lacombe. Think high-concept finger-food in a small space — there’s a non-zero chance you’ll wind up standing at the marble bar top but it’s worth it. They’ve expanded to a small terrace where you can enjoy a glass of wine or artisanal beer on warm days.
Located in the 1st arrondissement, Verjus Bar à Vins is a small and classic wine bar tucked under their restaurant, Verjus. With an arched brick ceiling and tall bar top, the space feels intimate and perfect for two people. and it’s back after a renovation hiatus had it on the ropes for…years. So welcome back, Verjus.
Located in the 2nd arrondissement, on the playground of connaisseurs — Rue de Nil, Frenchie Bar à Vins is a place with a friendly atmosphere where you can come to eat alone or with others. (Or pick up hot men, as we may or may have not done in the past.) If you aren’t ready for a deeper commitment across the street to Frenchie (the restaurant) you can have a fling with Frenchie Bar à Vins’ attributes like fresh pasta and terrines as well as wines you can purchase by the glass or bottle. Right around the corner from Rue Montorgueil.
ADDRESS: 6 Rue du Nil (2nd arr.)
MÉTRO: Sentier (line 3)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Sentier/Covered Passages/Bourse or Montrgueil
Back again we are to the 11th arrondissement, for Septime La Cave . Here the focus is on natural wines including white, red, and mountain wines, as well as a “slate of the moment” offering the likes of Spanish wagyu beef, specialty cheeses, and Ardèche sausage.
ADDRESS: 3 Rue Basfroi (11th arr.)
MÉTRO: Charonne (line 9)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille/Arsenal or Faidherbe / Charonne
A classically small and intimate wine bar, La Cave à Michel is the place to get cozy with your fellow diners. There’s a long steel bar top to set your tapas, but be prepared to stand and hold your glass of wine.
ADDRESS: 36, rue Sainte-Marthe (10th arr.)
MÉTRO: Belleville (lines 2, 11) or Colonel Fabien (line 2)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Place Sainte-Marthe / Combat or Belleville
Located in the 3rd arrondissement and in the heart of the Le Marais, Le Barav’ offers a good selection of wines as well as meat and cheese boards. The wine bar boasts outdoor seating and ample indoor dining from high-top tables and bar seating to more intimate tables with cozy cushioned chairs.
Established in 2006, Le Garde Robe is one of Paris’ first natural wine bars. They are committed to serving classic wines but also boast little-known and original selections. Browse dishes that their chef Nigel creates with products found from local, organic markets, or go with their famous “Croque du garde” charcuterie board.
Monsieur Henri is a lovely neighborhood wine bar located in the 3rd arrondissement. They offer a variety of charcuterie boards, small plates, and wine by the glass. Red and white metal racks hang behind the bar to show off the current wine selection, and the long bar top is a perfect perch to sit alone or with a friend.
ADDRESS: 8 Rue de Picardie (3rd arr.)
MÉTRO: Arts et Métiers (lines 3, 11)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais
HOW TO BOOK: no reservations
NUMBER: +33 1 57 40 67 76
DEETS: wine bar, lunch, dinner, small plates, charcuterie
Péniche la Bougeotte
Wine on the water? Yes please! Long time saltwater sailor Charles Delalande opened his dream of combining water and wine in 2016 with La Bougeotte. The idea was to fill your face with wines from various regions locally and across urban and rural communities in a more economic fashion. So kind of a ‘woke’ wine concept? The on-board cellar is made up of 60–80 wines available to sip while on board or take home, along with other cocktails and snacks.