When it comes to wine in the French capital you’re spoiled for choice. We’ve scoured the streets of Paris and rounded up the most charming wine bars the city has to offer. From original to traditional, here are the best places to drink in the capital of vin.
Bar, Charcuterie, Wine Bar, Fast Food, Pub Grub, French, $$$
The name pépère is French slang meaning ‘very relaxed.’ The unusual décor can be attributed to the quirky owners who wanted to recreate a room where French grandmas and grandpas could enjoy drinking wine. This wine bar specializes in products sourced from small producers. Enjoy a charcuterie or cheese plate to munch on with your drinks. Pépère Jean also has plenty of cards and board games on hand if you’re looking to bond over reds with new friends.
This little bar is hidden in a small street in the 2nd district, next to rue Réaumur. Rustic decoration, superb food and friendly staff—it’s all smack in the center of the city. On one side of the street, you will be able to find the wine-tasting bar, and if you get a little hungry, you can just cross to the other side where you’ll be able to eat at their restaurant.
L’Ivress is a friendly, convivial and wine bar. The two owners, who have a background in luxury hotels, have put together a place where the quality of the wine meets the outstanding quality of the food. The wine is sourced from independent producers.
Le Barav is a friendly wine bar with an attached shop | Courtesy of Le Barav
This wine bar is spot-on for the spring and summer period. Le Barav is famous among locals; who doesn’t love rustic décor and a friendly atmosphere? The wine menu changes every month and if you love the wines you’ve tasted, you might find them in the wine cave next door.
For an old-school, vintage French wine bar, this is the place to go. A great spot to enjoy plates of charcuterie, terrines, and fromage. People in this bar usually stand up and have their wine glass and plates standing on a barrel.
Le 36 Corneil has not only a good wine menu but also the best French-style tapas. With a friendly staff and a warm atmosphere, this place is perfect if you are heading for an aperitif (the French love their apéros and amuse-bouches).
The American owner of Buvette Gastrothèque decided to move to Paris and open a French wine bar with an American twist. With stylish, subtle décor and soft lighting, this is the perfect spot for a date. The wine bar is quite small, so it’s best to book in advance.
This little dive bar, just around the corner from Canal Saint Martin, is very popular with the locals. The décor is best described as trendy-neglected, with beaten-up wobbly tables and chairs in the first room. Come for the laid-back atmosphere, reasonable drinks, and delicious charcuterie boards.
On a small street in the 11th arrondissement lies one of the city’s most wonderful little wine bars: Jéroboam. It’s perfect for connoisseurs and wine newbies alike; they have an extensive collection of wines, a wine-tasting set menu (25 wines!), and a wine cave next door with 350 wines, ranging from a five to 1000 euros a bottle!
This wine bar is possibly the friendliest you’ll explore. The two owners are very welcoming, the atmosphere is relaxing, and on top of that, the cheese plates are delicious. Le Vingt Heure Vin also organizes small concerts.
If you’re interested in organic products, an earthy ambiance and healthy food, then En Vrac is the place to go. Their concept is original: wine served straight from the barrel in recyclable bottles. Their organic wines are good quality and very affordable, and the food is creative and healthy (think sardines, smoked octopus, and more). This place is fresh, enjoyable and inventive!