Fall in Love with a French Wine Bar While in Paris

Each arrondissement, each neighborhood, even, in Paris has its own wine bar. Some of these have become slick spaces where wine is served in doses, by machines. And others, where the red-faced barman behind the counter seems to know nothing but how to make a generous pour.


Popular, too, are the natural wine bars. These wine bars specialize in “vin naturel” which is something akin to organic wine but different. Natural wines are made by following a very strict cultivation and vinification process so that only purity is unleashed once the bottle's cork is disgorged. There are many who are fans of these wines and France has some wonderful “vin naturel” producers.


For those of us who enjoy simply hanging out in a comfortable space and talking with friends over a glass of wine, Paris offers many wonderful wine bars for this. Iconic ones, such as Willi's and the Baron Rouge, rub soldiers with new cult faves such as Frenchie's and Septime and Verjus. Spending an evening discovering, even falling in love with a new French wine, is something you just gotta do while visiting Paris.  


And if there are certain regions you prefer over others in France, in terms of their wines, you will be able to hone in on some of the wine bars specialized in Bordeaux (L'Ecluse), or Burgundy (Les Climats) or Alsace or the Loire (Sancerre). And there is one in the Marais (L'Enoteca)that is especially well-known for their Italian wines, too.  

6ème Arrondissement


You can't find a more convenient, nor friendly, place to prop yourself up against the bar and order a glass of modest but good French wine to go with any one of your delicious small plate snacks, than here. It's located at Carrefour de...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


This is the wine bar, along with a handful of others, that you see listed in every guidebook, upscale or downscale. It's just that good. And its convenient location near Les Halles makes it an easy stop-in at the end of the day or when meeting...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement


A trip to the March� d'Alligre in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris necessitates a stop-in at this Last of the Mohicans Paris wine bar. It's situated just off the market and you'll find the vegetable and fruit sellers in here enjoying...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
La Belle Hortense
Photo courtesy of La Belle Hortense


This is one of those fabulous places that when you wander into it you realize it could only exist in Paris. It's a book shop and used book lending library where people come to read – over a glass of wine! It doesn't even open until 5pm and the...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


Verjus, run by an American couple, offers French-style food with menus that change every month, according to what's in season. Bookings are required weeks in advance - for the restaurant. If you can't wait that long, there's this excellent wine...  Read More

15ème Arrondissement
Ciel de Paris Bar a Champagne
Photo courtesy of Ciel de Paris Bar à Champagne copyright ceildeparis 2013


Most people know the top of the Tour Montparnasse for its restaurant. But with its 2012 refurbishment and re-opening, a nice little champagne bar came along with. The interior of gold and taupe set against the Parisian night sky, sets off the...  Read More

La Cave Brut
Photo courtesy of La Cave Brut


When it opened last year Brut Cave made a bit of a splash and not only because its owner, along with his two partners, is Akrame Benallal, the young French chef who received his second Michelin star last year. The concept here is that the...  Read More

11th Arondissement - Bastille Ca


One of the first places to offer small plates (please don't call them tapas) to his diners who didn't make it into his main restaurant, the cult Le Chateaubriand, just next door, Le Dauphin has become its own cult destination. That's mostly to...  Read More

2ème Arrondissement


Harmony and happiness flows here. That is the motto of the young owner and wine lover, Martin Pélissier who opened this wine and tapas bar in an old 16th c. mansion in one of Paris' oldest quarters, known for centuries as the "Belly"of Paris....  Read More

8th Arrondissement - Monceau Mad
Les 110 de Taillevent
Photo courtesy of Les 110 Taillevent


Those who know and love Taillevent will relish this forward-thinking restaurant concept. The 110 in the name of the wine restaurant refers to how many wines they have on offer by the glass at any given time. The meals, lunch and dinner, are...  Read More


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