Paris Wine Bars
We'll be in Paris next week, and we'll probably spend most of our dining bucks in wine bars. Any favorites in or near the Latin Quarter? We're looking for ones that are open late into the evening and serve good plates of charcuterie and fromage. It's been some time, but we'll probably make our first stop at Taverne Henri IV. One further question, any thoughts on whether Balzar is still worth enduring the crowds and the attitude?
Oh yes, I'd forgotten to mention Lavinia (how could I?) As a nice contrast to the rather more everyday Petite Perigourdine, we sampled excellent Paulliac and a wonderful aged Armagnac at Lavinia. We also enjoyed stopping at L'Ecluse (the one along the Seine, just past Place St Michel) for a simple cheese plate and glasses of delicious Bordeaux. Although it was smack in the middle of the tourist trail, the place was practically empty - and hence very laidback and relaxing - on a Sunday afternoon!
I love Balzar, but that has more to do with just that whole crazy attitude and being in Paris thing, so I don't know that I'd say it is worth it food-wise. I'll second (or third) the Willi's recommendation. I'd also strongly recommend a place called Le Rouge Gorge in the 4th at 8 rue St. Paul. I've had a few amazing meals there. It doesn't look like much, but it is worth a stop.
if you also want to drink in the daytime, my favourite value wine option is lunch at Lavinia (the wine store) -- the restaurant upstairs has great cheese and meat platters and you can drink either a selection of wines by the glass, or the wines in the store by the bottle, at the retail price i.e. no restaurant markup. www.lavinia.fr
A simple neighborhood wine bar we really enjoyed in the Latin Quarter was La Petite Perigourdine on the Rue des Ecoles (right next door to our hotel, the St Jacques - thank you to those who recommended it!) It has drinkable non-fancy wines, a casual and friendly ambience, delicious croque monsieur and free wireless Internet :)
jbw - try Les Papilles in the 5th - a gourmet grocery store/wine shop/bistro. Get the daily-changing set menu for 28.50 - lunch or dinner.
Across the river in the 12th, go to Le Baron Bouge. Get great wines by the glass - or take a bottle to go filled from the barrels - bottle deposit is 30 centimes. They serve cheese, charcuterie, and rillettes. Go on Sundays for lunch when the nearby Marché d'Aligre closes and the weekly impromptu party spills out onto the street.
30, rue Gay-Lussac
01 43 25 20 79
Le Baron Bouge
1, r. Théophile Roussel
01 43 43 14 32
Métro Ledru Rollin
These are not in the Latin Quarter, but are very good wine bars:
Willi's Wine Bar 13 Rue de Petits Champs 2nd tel: 01 4261 0509
Wine bar Juveniles, 47 rue de Richelier 1er tel: 01 4297 4649
- both are walking distance form the Métro Palais Royal.
Not a sit down place, but in the 7th near Rue Cler there is an excellent epicerie on rue Champs de Mars (I believe it is called L'Epicerie) that will allow wine tastings and has excellent meats and cheeses to accompany.
Mmmmm. bon apetit!