Top 10 Paris wine bars

From The Guradian, The Observer

Wine bars have always been popular in Paris – but now that innovative young chefs are opening their own, there is excellent food on offer as well. Our writer picks out 10 of the best


Not far from the Gare du Nord, and perfect for a pre- or post-Eurostar meal, Albion is run by English chef Matthew Ong and Kiwi barman Hayden Clout, who used to work at the popular Fish La Boissonnerie. Here in the scruffy but rapidly gentrifying 10th arrondissement, Clout offers a monthly selection of wines, while Ong cooks up worldly eats such as vichyssoise with oysters, and orange and lemon curd tart.
Address 80 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, 10th arrondissement (+33 1 42 46 02 44; Closed Sunday and Monday
Cost €40pp, with two glasses of wine

Le Dauphin

Many of the city’s best young chefs are opening wine bar annexes – this, one of the most notable, by Inaki Aizpitarte, is a few doors down from his bistro Le Chateaubriand. An international crowd throngs the sleek U-shaped bar. Teamed with the first-rate wine list is an edgy menu of small plates that changes almost daily, from snails and cabbage to buttermilk-and-olive-oil ice cream.
Address 131 avenue Parmentier, 11th (+33 1 55 28 78 88). Closed Sunday and Monday
Cost €45pp, with two glasses of wine. Reservations essential

Le Verre Volé

Dauntingly popular, this hipster spot near the pretty Canal Saint-Martin is considered by many the best new-style wine bar in Paris. It was recently expanded, making it marginally easier to bag a table – reservations are de rigueur, and when you arrive check out the wine bottles on display, library-style, on open shelves. Don’t miss the lamb and fig terrine and excellent cheeses.
Address 67 rue de Lancry, 10th (+33 1 48 03 17 34; Open daily
Cost €40pp, with two glasses of wine

Vivant Table

As well known for his elaborately tattooed arms as his love of organic and natural wines, Swiss-born Pierre Jancou worked at La Crèmerie on the Left Bank before launching popular Racines. “I love places with history,” says Jancou, whose latest address is a small shop that once sold exotic birds. Dishes such as foie gras with artichoke salad and grilled poularde with organic baby vegetables are typical.
Address 43 rue des Petites Ecuries, 10th (+33 1 42 46 43 55). Closed Saturday and Sunday
Cost €40pp, with two glasses of wine

Frenchie Bar à Vins

Chef Gregory Marchand’s wine-bar annex to his bistro Frenchie offers a great opportunity to sample his cooking without the ordeal of trying to book a table at the restaurant. Expect tantalising small plates such as an earthy terrine de campagne with country bread and smoked trout with cucumber, pickled onions and garlic flowers. Sommelière Laura Vidal manages one of the most interesting wine lists in Paris right now.
Address 6 rue du Nil, 2nd (no phone, no reservations; Closed Saturday and Sunday
Cost €40pp, with two glasses of wine

Read the full article on The Guardian, The Observer

Credit photo: gundolf

About the Author

Guy-Jacques Langevin

Co-founder of Vinivino. His passion for wine started for over a decade. Guy-Jacques followed wine teaching courses from sommelier François Chartier and from the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in addition to attending various wine tasting events. He founded Vinivino with the goal of bringing the wine accessible to everyone.

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